Hanukkah 2017 begins at at sunset on December 12, and ends at sundown on December 20, and there are plenty of activities to participate in during the Festival of Lights. Whether you’d like to dance, sing or get crafty, there will be something for your family to enjoy together. Read on to find out where and what you can do this year to celebrate Hanukkah with your fam!

photo: Chanuka1 via flickr

Celebrate Chanukah! A Festival for Kids and Families
This free event for families with children aged 0-12 will surely get you in the festive spirit. It’s also a great opportunity to learn how to create a menorah, make sufganiyot, or how to play dreidel. There will be dancing and singing, story time, and a play area.

December 17, 9:30 am-12 pm
Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
Online: nevehshalom.org

Hanukkah Story Time
To hear a great reading, head over to Green Bean Books for their annual Hanukkah Story Time for children! This year’s featured author is PJ Library contributor and local author Eric Kimmel, who will read from his children’s publications. Listen to a great book and meet some new friends in the process.

December 12, 11 am-12 pm
Green Bean Books
1600 NE Alberta St
Online: greenbeanbookspdx.com/events


Torah Yoga for Preschoolers
To take a break from the Hanukkah hoopla, head to Congregation Shaarie Torah for Torah Yoga for Preschoolers and their parents. This free, fun and relaxing yoga class takes place the second Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:00 pm. December’s theme is “I am light unto others” and will incorporate Hanukkah stories into the session.

December 9, 10:30 am-12 pm
Congregation Shaarie Torah
920 NW 25th Ave
Online: shaarietorah.org/events/torah-yoga-young-families

Kiddush Club for K-2nd Grade
Congregation Neveh Shalom hosts this event specifically for kindergarten through second graders. Join other families for prayer, singing, conversation and fun, followed by an indoor picnic-style lunch. It’s the perfect December activity to get out of the house and meet other families with similarly aged children.

December 16, 10:15-11:30 am
Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
Online: nevehshalom.org

photo: Kim Schneiderman via facebook

Mini Mensches
Enjoy Israeli dance, music a minyan family service and crafts at this free event for families with children aged 0-3. December’s program features a special performance just for Mini Mensches by Kim Schneiderman!

December 10, 9:15 am-12:15 pm
Congregation Beth Israel
1972 NW Flanders
Online: bethisrael-pdx.org/calendar

Story-time in Anne and Goldie’s Children’s Corner
This free event features readers who help children cultivate an early love for reading by bringing books to life. Don’t worry if sitting still isn’t for you, there will be opportunities to move around, sing and a craft station to explore as well. Afterwards, grab lunch at Lefty’s Cafe or stay to play with your newfound friends.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis Street
Online: ojmche.org

Chai Baby +PJ Library Indoor Playground
While not specifically for Hanukkah, this second Wednesday of the month activity will surely help get the wiggles out after sitting still for other Hanukkah happenings. Attendees play, sing songs and listen to stories, along with enjoying a kosher snack. This activity is designed for parents and caregivers for children under five years old.

December 13, 10 am-12 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center Sportsplex
6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Online: oregonjcc.org

photo: Picatinny Arsenal via flickr

Menorah Lighting
Want to observe the holiday in an expedient manner? You’ll easily make it home in time for dinner and baby bedtimes with Chabad of Oregon’s five minute menorah lighting at Director Park. This free event, now in it’s 34th year, takes place every night December 12 through 19 from exactly 5:30-5:35 pm. Want to celebrate a little longer? Join the First Night Celebration, which features music, food and children’s crafts from 4:30-6 pm.

December 12-19, 5:30-5:35 pm
Director Park
877 SW Park Ave
Online: Chabadoregon.com

What’s your favorite family Hanukkah event? Tell us in the comments below!

—April Hasson