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Celebrate Hanukkah with these New Jersey Hanukkah Events

December is one of the busiest times of the year but, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a great time enjoying the holidays 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 from Thursday, December 7, 2023 through Friday, December 15, 2023.

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 2023.

New Jersey Car Menorah Parades

Cherry Hill Car Menorah Parade 2023

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Hanukkah with your community, consider signing up to participate in a car menorah parade! This unique tradition started during the pandemic years, but some communities like Cherry Hill have kept up this tradition. Parade through town with a car-top Menorah and police escort bringing Chanukah cheer to the streets!

More Car Menorah Parades in New Jersey

Hanukkah Celebrations in New Jersey

Temple Emanu-El Chanukah Celebration 2023

Come to the temple to celebrate Hanukkah in New Jersey for the first few nights of the 2023 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!

Happy Hanukkah pic

Great Chanukah Happening in Cherry Hill 2023

Monday, December 11, 2023, celebrate Chanukah with a night full of activities and dinner. Activities include crafts, STEM stations, cookie decorations, a community service project, and a grand menorah lighting with a special guest.

Community Chanukah Celebration in Jackson 2023

Enjoy a Hanukkah celebration complete with a giant menorah lighting, a grand fire show, live music, latkes and doughnuts, a Chocolate gelt drop, and a Menorah Hit-Lit Game. It’s all December 10, 2023 at Tali’s Global Flowers.

The Great Dreidel Tournament in Jackson 2023

In addition to the Chanukah Community Celebration in Jackson New Jersey, there will also be a Great Dreidel Tournament. The tournament is Wednesday, December 13, 2023. It’s part of a Chanukah community event complete with a menorah lighting, a delicious dinner, music, and crafts.

Chanukkah Bowl 2023

It’s a teen Chanukkah bowling party at Pier Pins in Long Branch. Teens will enjoy latkes and donut making, virtual reality suites, bowling, air hockey, a menorah lighting and more.

New Jersey Menorah Lighting Extravaganzas

Community Menorah Lighting & Great Gelt Drop 2023

Putting their own spin on the Chanukah theme of illuminating the world, Chabad at the Shore will combine a Giant 8 Foot Mega Robot Gelt drop 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.

Illumination Celebration in Westfield 2023

Step inside and immerse yourself in the incredible lights of Chanukah like never before. Our social hall will be transformed with a unique curated visual experience, glow in the dark face paint, photo booth, DJ and so much more. There is an $18/family suggested donation. From 7 – 9 PM, there will be a teen only celebration. The Illumination Celebration is December 11, 2023.

More Menorah Lightings in New Jersey

Take a look at these additional menorah lighting events in New Jersey.

Menorah Lightings in New Jersey

Ideas for Celebrating Hanukah at home

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.

Dancing Driedel paint your own hanukkah cookie Hanukkah Cookie Decorating Kit from Sully and Vanilla
Dancing Driedel Paint Your Own Hanukkah cookie from Sully and Vanilla

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.

Hanukkah Gelt Pops from Sully & Vanilla
Hanukkah Gelt Pops from Sully & Vanilla

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.

Chanukkah house cookie decorating kit.

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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