This year, Hanukkah happens from sundown on December 12 and ends the evening of December 20. We can keep our fingers crossed that it’ll be white (as in, lots of snow) and light (bring on the candles that glow!). And that’s the perfect recipe for fun and togetherness. Here are family events — from baking classes to concerts — that will get everyone in your brood Hanukkah-happy.
photo: Menorah lighting at Westfield Old Orchard
Candle Lightings, Dancing & Music
Have a few last minute holiday gifts to grab? Want to have some holiday fun while you’re at it? Westfield Old Orchard and Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie are teaming up once again for highly anticipated Hanukkah events! These events will include menorah lightings, Dreidel house activities (crafts for children, complimentary donuts and beverages) and festive music.
Held December 10-December 20
Admission is free
Westfield Old Orchard
4905 Old Orchard Center
Hanukkah Baking Class for Kids
Tasty treats? Yes, please! Join The Kids’ Table, the charming kiddie cooking school, for baking classes with menus that include Hanukkah sugar cookies and Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream. Little chefs will enjoy eats while you ring in the season in an appetizing way when they sign up for kids-only classes, or get in on the fun by participating in the family classes.
Held December 12 & 18, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. for kids-only classes and December 12 & 20, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. for family classes
The Kids’ Table
2337 W. North Ave.
Held December 12, 1:30-3 p.m. & December 13, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. for kids-only classes; December 14 & 16, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. & December 19, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. for family classes
The Kids’ Table
2864 N. Lincoln Ave.
Tickets are $35/student for kids-only classes; $20/family member for family classes
Family Chanukkah Shabbat and Dinner
Congregation Beth Judea invites the community to join the Congregation to celebrate Hanukkah with dinner and both a children and family service.
Held Dec. 15, 6 p.m.
$36/family; $15/adult; $7/ages 6-12; $5/ages 5 & under
Congregation Beth Judea
Ill. Rt. 83 at Hilltop Rd.
photo: Maxwell Street Klezmer Band at Chicago Botanic Garden
Get down at this Hanukkah concert that features traditional music from Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. As a bonus, each ticket includes access to Chicago Botanic Garden’s incredible Wonderland Express exhibition, a miniature train that winds through a re-created Chicago.
Held December 17, at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Advance tickets are $20 ($17 for members); day-of tickets are $23 ($20 for members); free for ages 2 & under
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Know of any Hanukkah events around town? Let us know about them in the Comments!
— Maria Chambers