December is one of the busiest times of the year. While the holidays continue to look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a great time with your family. While Christmas might normally be the star of the show in December, many families are also celebrating Hanukkah! So whether you don’t celebrate Christmas at all or are celebrating both this year, here are a few great ways to celebrate Hanukkah in New Jersey!
This year, Hanukkah will be Sunday, November 28, 2021 through Monday, December 6, 2021.
Celebrate Hanukkah with these New Jersey Hanukkah Events
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We are currently updating this guide to Hanukkah events in New Jersey for 2021.
New Jersey Car Menorah Parades
If you’re looking for a great way to help spread joy in your community this Hanukkah, consider signing up for this 2021 Car Menorah Parade in Long Branch! This driving parade is a fun way for you to spread some Hanukkah cheer without actually needing to get out of your car or spend any money!
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- Hanukkah magnets for cars
- Menorah Hewbrew Lamp Vinyl Decal Sticker
- Gold 4” Menorah Car Vinyl Decal Bumper Sticker
- Electric Hanukkah Menorah
- Menorah Hanukkah Symbol Car Decal
- Menorah ‘its Lit’ Funny Hannukah Sticker for car
- Hebrew Menorah Yhvh Shalom Car sticker
- Hanukkah Menorah Banner
- 8 ft Hanukkah Menorah Inflatable
- Hanukkah Dreidel Decoration String Lights
- Hanging Ball Hanukkah Lanterns Ornaments
- Happy Hanukkah Banner
- Izzy ‘n’ Dizzy Hanukkah LED Window Gel Menorah
- 8 ft Tall Hanukkah Bear Inflatable
- Giant Hanukkah Decorations
Hanukkah Celebrations in New Jersey
Come to the temple to celebrate Hanukkah in New Jersey for the first few nights of the 2021 Hanukkah season! There are a few different events and opportunities to worship during Hanukkah with something new and fun for the community to enjoy! These events are free to anyone who wants to come!
Sunday, December 5, 2021, celebrate Chanukah with a carnival and concert complete with a climbing wall, menorah ring toss, dreidel spin off, food and more.
NJ Menorah Lightings and Fire Shows
2021 detail are not yet available. Putting a new spin on the Chanukah theme of illuminating the world, Chabad at the Shore will combine a Fire Juggling Show with an Annual Grand Menorah Lighting in Ventnor. At this free event, participants also will enjoy doughnuts and latkes, as well as music performed by a children’s choir.
Plans are underway for a 2021 Drive In Hanukkah event in Closter, New Jersey. A giant LED Menorah lighting, a fire show, food, prizes and more will certainly make for a memorable Hanukkah celebration.
2021 information is not yet available. Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the Metuchen Menorah! Listen to musical pieces and the story of Hanukkah followed by the lighting of the Metuchen Menorah. Starting on the 10th, gelt, and dreidels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Metuchen shops through the weekend. If you can’t make it to this event in person, it will also be live-streamed on the Metuchen Borough Facebook Page, Metuchen Media Youtube Channel, and Channel 15.
Chabad of the Shore is putting on many different outdoor menorah lighting events in New Jersey for 2021! These will all be held outside to maintain social distancing guidelines so you can still celebrate the Hanukkah season together.
More Menorah Lightings in New Jersey
As these menorah lighting events in New Jersey are updated for 2021, we will link to them below.
- Allendale Menorah Lighting 2021
- Asbury Park Menorah Lighting 2021
- Bayonne Menorah Lighting 2021
- Belmar Menorah Lighting 2021
- Bogota Menorah Lighting 2021
- Bradley Beach Menorah Lighting
- Brick Menorah Lighting
- Chatham Menorah Lighting 2021
- Cherry Hill Menorah Lighting at the Barclays Shopping Center 2021
- Cinnaminson Tree and Menorah Lighting 2021
- Clifton Menorah Lighting 2021
- Clinton Menorah Lighting with The Guild of Clinton
- Clinton Menorah Lighting
- Downtown Clinton Menorah Lighting 2021
- Closter Menorah Lighting 2021
- Collingswood Menorah Lighting 2021
- Collingswood Menorah Lighting with the Chabad Center 2021
- Cranford Menorah Lighting
- Demarest Menorah Lighting 2021
- East Brunswick Holiday of Lights
- East Hanover Menorah Lighting 2021
- Eatontown Menorah Lighting at Monmouth Mall 2021
- Edison Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration 2021
- Fair Haven Menorah Lighting 2021
- Fair Lawn Menorah Lighting 2021
- Florence Menorah Lighting 2021
- Florham Park Menorah Lighting 2021
- Franklin Lakes Menorah Lighting 2021
- Freehold Menorah Lighting Ceremony 2021
- Frenchtown Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration 2021
- Galloway Menorah Lighting 2021
- Garwood Menorah Lighting 2021
- Hackensack Menorah Lighting 2021
- Haddonfield Menorah Lighting 2021
- Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at WheatonArts
- Highland Park Downtown Menorah Lighting 2021
- Hillsborough Menorah Lighting 2021
- Hillsdale Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting 2021
- Holmdel Lighting of the Menorah 2021
- Hopatcong Menorah Lighting 2021
- Howell Township Tree and Menorah Lighting 2021
- Jackson Menorah Lighting 2021
- Jackson Menorah Lighting – Light Up Jackson 2021
- Jamesburg Hanukkah Event with Menorah Lighting 2021
- Downtown Jersey City Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting 2021
- Jersey City Menorah Lighting Ceremony at City Hall 2021
- Lambertville Menorah Lighting 2021
- Lebanon Menorah Lighting
- Little Falls Menorah Lighting 2021
- Livingston Menorah Lighting at Livingston Mall
- Long Branch Menorah Lighting 2021
- Madison Menorah Lighting 2021
- Mahwah Menorah Lighting 2021
- Manalapan Menorah Lighting 2021
- Maplewood Menorah Lighting
- Medford Menorah Lighting 2021
- Metuchen Winter Festival Parade with Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting 2021
- Montclair Menorah Lighting and Celebration 2021
- Montvale Menorah Lighting 2021
- Moorestown Menorah Lighting 2021
- Morristown Menorah Lighting on the Green 2021
- Mount Olive Menorah Lighting
- North Brunswick Menorah Lighting 2021
- Nutley Tree and Menorah Lighting
- Oakland Menorah Lighting
- Ocean Township Menorah Lighting (Monmouth County) 2021
- Old Bridge Holiday Party, Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting
- Old Tappan Menorah Lighting 2021
- Oradell Menorah Lighting 2021
- Paramus Menorah Lighting 2021
- Park Ridge Menorah Lighting 2021
- Princeton Menorah Lighting at Palmer Square 2021
- Red Bank Menorah Lighting 2021
- Ridgewood Menorah Lighting in Memorial Park 2021
- River Vale Menorah Lighting 2021
- Robbinsville Township Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting 2021
- Rockaway Townsquare Menorah Lighting
- Roseland Menorah Lighting 2021
- Scotch Plains Menorah Lighting 2021
- Shrewsbury Menorah Lighting 2021
- South Brunswick Menorah Lighting Ceremony 2021
- Teaneck Menorah Lighting 2021
- Township of Ocean Menorah Lighting & Hanukkah Celebration
- Ventnor City Menorah Lighting
- Ventnor Menorah Lighting at City Hall 2021
- Wayne Menorah Lighting at City Hall 2021
- Wayne Car Menorah Parade and Lighting 2021
- West Caldwell Menorah Lighting 2021
- West Orange Township Menorah Lighting 2021
- Westfield Menorah Lighting 2021
- Westwood Menorah Lighting 2021
- Woodcliff Lake Menorah Lighting 2021
- Woodland Park Menorah Lighting 2021
Unique Hanukkah Events in New Jersey
We’re still collecting all the details, but plans are underway for a 2021 Drive In Hanukkah event in Montclair, New Jersey. Highlights include BMX Stunt Bike Show, Grand Menorah Lighting, Chanukah Swag Bag, with doughnuts, Gelt and prizes, immersive multimedia Chanukah Experience, featuring music videos and digital games and a Dreidel Mascot.
2021 details are not available. This Hanukkah event in New Jersey is fun for the entire family! Skate to Hannakuh music, and enjoy donuts, latkes, and dreidels for the whole family! Stick around for the lighting of a giant menorah too!
Join the Katz JCC for an outdoor JCC Chanukah Celebration and celebrate the Festival of Lights!
Enjoy music, crafts and giveaways, then take home delicious pizza, sufganiyot and a sugar cookie kit to enjoy together with your family.
Find more in person New Jersey Hanukkah events
Visit these links to find more New Jersey Hanukkah events by county.
- Atlantic County Hanukkah events
- Bergen County Hanukkah events
- Burlington County Hanukkah events
- Camden County Hanukkah events
- Cape May County Hanukkah events
- Cumberland County Hanukkah events
- Essex County Hanukkah events
- Gloucester County Hanukkah events
- Hudson County Hanukkah events
- Hunterdon County Hanukkah events
- Mercer County Hanukkah events
- Middlesex County Hanukkah events
- Monmouth County Hanukkah events
- Morris County Hanukkah events
- Ocean County Hanukkah events
- Passaic County Hanukkah events
- Salem County Hanukkah events
- Somerset County Hanukkah events
- Sussex County Hanukkah events
- Union County Hanukkah events
- Warren County Hanukkah events
Ideas for Celebrating Hanukah at home
Have a Hanukkah cookie decorating contest
Have some Hanukkah fun and support a New Jersey bakery at the same time. Pickup, curbside one of these cookie decorating kits from a NJ bakery. Then, get your kids involved to see who can design or create the best looking holiday cookie.
Also consider ordering a Hanukkah cookie decorating kit from Sully and Vanilla. Look at the cute paint your own cookies they have for Hanukkah. Choose from a dancing dreidel, menorah, or Hanukkah scene. In our sample, we received a dancing dreidel. These cookies are huge. Each is about 4.5″ wide in diameter. It comes with one large cookie, edible paint palette, and a food safe paintbrush.
You can also order a complete Hanukkah Cookie Decorating Kit from Sully and Vanilla at their website. They do ship their cookies. Each set comes with 8 cookies (2 dreidel, 2 menorah, 2 Jewish star and 2 gifts) icing and sprinkles to decorate.
Enjoy a special Hanukkah dessert
Order some sweet treats to have on one or every night you celebrate Hanukkah. Sully and Vanilla not only has the Hanukkah Cookie Decorating kits but they also have these cute and yummy . Each set includes one dozen vanilla cake pops dipped in white chocolate and topped with sprinkles and gelt.
Expand your collection of Jewish children’s books
Sign up for PJ Library. PJ Library sends free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children from birth through 12 years old. Learn more at their website. Every month, PJ Library sends more than 650,000 free Jewish books to families around the world.
Build a Chanukkah House from Cookies
YES! You can build a gingerbread cookie Hanukkah house. We like this Chanukah Cookie House Decorating Kit we received from Manischewitz. Each of their DIY kits includes everything you need to build your own festive cookie house and a subscription card for PJ Library.
Just because we are living in a bizarre season of life, this holiday season doesn’t mean you have to forego some of your favorite Hanukkah traditions! If you’re looking for good family fun this holiday season, any of these would be a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah in New Jersey with your family.
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