Celebrate & Learn About Hanukkah – The Festival of Lights!

Hanukkah, the eight-day “festival of lights” celebrated by Jewish people around the world, commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This year the first night of Hanukkah is on Sunday, November 28.

Over the centuries, Hanukkah has taken on different meanings for those who light their lamps each year, adapting traditions for each time and place. A joyous occasion, underscoring spiritual resiliency and freedom of religion, it is now celebrated with family gatherings and gift giving, traditional foods, prayer and by lighting the menorah – which symbolizes the miraculous 8 days the temple lanterns stayed lit in Jerusalem.

To learn all about Hanukkah, and get in the holiday spirit, check out the videos, fun activities, family-friendly books and delicious recipes below!

Learn About the Holiday

Eight Days of Hanukkah | Peg + Cat

Grades PreK-K
Albert Einstein has invited Peg, Cat and their friends to celebrate Hanukkah! Learn more about this special winter holiday with a sing-a-long.

Hanukkah | All About the Holidays

Grades 3-5
Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and and how it is observed today. Then, try this Hanukkah Word Search to keep the fun and learning going with new holiday vocabulary words.

Hanukkah | Religion and Ethics Weekly

Grades 6-12
Susan Braunstein, Curator of Archaeology and Judaica at the Jewish Museum of New York, explains the traditions of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah 2 | Religion and Ethics Weekly

Grades 6-12
Hanukkah is a holiday of freedom, recalling the successful Jewish revolt against the Syrians who had conquered and occupied Jerusalem. Listen to the story at the home of Rabbi Bentzion Geisinsky, in Potomac, Maryland.

Activities, Books and Recipes

Cardboard Menorahs

Grades PreK-3
Celebrate Hanukkah with this cute DIY craft. You can make this menorah from toilet paper rolls and give it to your child to decorate, or you can just enjoy the menorah as is!  

10 Books That Celebrate Hanukkah

Grades PreK-3
From Maccabees to latkes to menorahs, help your child learn about Hanukkah and get in the holiday spirit by reading some of these family-friendly books.

Spin a Bottle Cap Dreidel

Grades K-5
Here’s a Hanukkah craft that’s also a Hanukkah game! Spinning tops are a traditional Hanukkah toy, so what better activity to engage the kids this year than with a simple technique for making their own brigade of spinning tops? These tops spin so amazingly well and only use a few materials to make that last forever!

Hanukkah Recipes: Latkes, Brisket, and Jewish Desserts

All Ages
Need a new recipe for Hanukkah? How about some latkes? Check out these featured Hanukkah recipes. Whatever you are looking for, PBS Food has delicious recipes for the festival of lights.

Edible Marshmallow Dreidels

All Ages
And for dessert, you can’t lose with these edible marshmallow dreidels! Happy Hanukkah!