Celebrate the festival of Chanukah at these family-friendly events around Atlanta
Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is a family oriented holiday. In some homes children receive gelt (money, real or chocolate) or presents and sometimes both. The game of dreidel is played, a betting game played with the special top that has Hebrew letters printed on each of it's four sides, and foods cooked or fried in oil such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (jelly donuts) are served.
In the community, there are often family events that highlight the holiday over the entire eight days it lasts. In Atlanta, the large Jewish community holds many events during the course of the festival. Try some of these celebrations to enjoy the holiday with your entire family.
Family-Friendly Chanukah Events in Atlanta
Chanukah Concert with The 8th Day
Date and Time: November 29th, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Rd, Sandy Springs, GA
Don't get confused - this concert is on the second night of Chanukah not the eighth! A community wide concert is being given by The 8th Day, the band co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus. Following their breakout single, "Lucky," the group went on to record nine albums to date. For the last ten years, they've been top sellers on the Alternative Rock, World Music, Reggae and Jewish Music charts. Don't miss this opportunity to catch this group perform.
Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah at Halcyon
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Halcyon, 6365 Halcyon Way, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, this years celebration has a glow-in-the-dark theme that members of the whole family will love. There will be games, giveaways, a singalong, free refreshments and a menorah lighting.
Celebrations in Light
Date and Time: December 5, 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
Location: Children’s Museum of Atlanta 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. , Atlanta, GA
Celebrate this Chanukah at the Children's Museum of Atlanta. There will be two sessions and tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Children under a year old attend free. This event will include a special interactive story time and special musical guest Michael Levine. Each ticket also includes regular drop in activities such as Innovation Station, Science Bar, Art Studio, and a Winter Scavenger Hunt.
Light up the JCC – Hanukkah Celebration
Date and Time: Dec. 1st, 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
Location: Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Courtyard, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd
Your family will love the outdoor celebration held in the courtyard of the MJCC. Celebrate with all your friends while enjoying performances, free hot chocolate and jelly donuts, the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah and a special appearance by local favorite Rabbi Brian Glusman who will be playing Hanukkah songs for your enjoyment.
December 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Holidays from Around the World with Award Winning Band Hot Peas ‘n Butter Family
Date and Time: Dec. 5th, 11:00am 12:00pm and 3:30pm, to 4:30pm
Location: MJCCA at Zaban Park 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody
Your family will love this cultural program which will showcase Chanukah songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, French to celebrate the similarities and differences of global neighbors holiday celebration. Geared toward children ages 2-9 but perfect for the whole family.
Chanukah Night with the Hawks
Date and Time: Dec. 5th at 4:00 pm
Location: State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive Atlanta, GA
Join the Atlanta Hawks for a special Chanukah celebration. Chanukah Night Ticket Package Includes:
- One (1) Ticket to Hawks vs Hornets game (you select your seat)
- $10 food and beverage credit for inside State Farm Arena (Kosher options available)
- Fan Experiences to be raffled to participants
Sparkle Sandy Springs
Date and Time: Dec. 5th, 4:00 pm
Locations: City Green,1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA
Bring the family out to this special holiday event in Sandy Springs. Along with the traditional menorah lighting, this year there will be a holiday concert featuring The Glow Band and you can get all your holiday shopping taken care of at the Sparkle Holiday Gift Market. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a parade starting at 5:30 p.m.
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Whether you are attending an indoor or outdoor event, make sure to wear masks and observe safe distancing to stay healthy.
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