Best Things to Do for Hanukkah Fun in Atlanta

Menorah Lighting at Avalon

Hanukkah begins this year on Thursday, December 10. Around metro Atlanta, there are numerous ways to celebrate with menorah lightings, live music and plenty of treats.

Menorah Lighting in Avalon

Traditional menorah lighting, refreshments, music and entertainment. Dec. 10.

Drive-in Menorah Lighting at Logan Farm Park

Attendees will stay in or next to their vehicle during the menorah lighting ceremony. Dec. 10.

Light Up the Night from MJCCA

Watch the Hanukkah Menorah lighting with Rabbi Glusman, Hanukkah songs, performances, special guests and more. Dec. 10-17.

Drive-In Chanukah at Ponce City Market

Hosted by Chabad Intown, experience a Chanukah celebration with a menorah lighting, films and dinner. Dec. 13.

Menorah Lighting in Kennesaw

On Facebook, watch the lighting of Kennesaw’s Menorah. Dec. 13.

Virginia Highland Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration at North Highland Park

Enjoy music, live entertainment, pre-packaged Chanukah treats, dreidels, music and more with this celebration from Chabad Intown. Dec. 16.

Past Events:

Celebrations in Light: Hanukkah at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Celebrate Hanukkah with storytime, arts and crafts and science activities. Dec. 5-6.

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Hanukkah Fun! Crafts and Recipes for Kids

Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and foods. It celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BCE, and the miracle that one night of oil lasted eight nights. This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of December 10.

Find Hanukkah events and activities around Atlanta in Atlanta Parent’s list of Best Things to Do for Hanukkah Fun.

Hanukkah Crafts

Paper Plate Menorah
Make a hanging decoration with a few simple materials. You’ll need a paper plate, paper, paints or markers, glue and ribbon. Cut a paper plate in half and paint it gold. Cut our paper candles and paint or color with makers. Glue to the back of the plate.  Add a ribbon for hanging. Find complete instructions and a candle template at Nurture Store.

Star of David Ornament
These easy-to-make stars make great hanging ornaments, or use them to decorate the Hanukkah table. You’ll need six craft sticks for each ornament. Use craft glue to create triangles with three craft sticks; stack the triangles as shown to form a star. Paint the ornaments silver and add a ribbon for hanging. For a placecard, write names on cardstock and tie them to each star.


Dreidel Banner
This easy craft is made with felt, so there’s no sewing involved. You’ll need craft felt in white, light blue, royal blue and yellow. Cut the main dreidel shapes from blue felt. Cut stars, diamonds and circles in a variety of colors and use craft glue to adhere them to the dreidels. When dry, glue each shape to a string or ribbon.

Hanukkah Recipes

Potato latkes, or pancakes, are traditionally served during Hanukkah, usually with sour cream or applesauce.  To make them, you’ll need potatoes, onion, eggs, flour, salt and oil for frying. Find the full recipe at Make a batch at home with this latke recipe from

Marshmallow Dreidels

For this tasty treat, you’ll need marshmallows, pretzel sticks, chocolate kisses, blue decorating sugar and vanilla frosting.  Insert a pretzel into the top of a marshmallow and spread a small amount of frosting on the sides. Roll in decorating sugar. Use a dab of frosting on the bottom to add a chocolate kiss.


Stained Glass Cookies
Roll out sugar cookie dough and cut into rounds or squares. Use a star or dreidel cookie cutter (or make a paper pattern) to cut shapes in the center of each round.  Fill the shapes with crushed Jolly Rancher candies and bake.  Find the complete recipe at Living Sweet Moments.

Hanukkah Books


Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel (Holiday House)
Bubba Brayna’s famous latkes attract a very hungry unexpected visitor in this humorous tale.

Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer (Lerner Publishing Group)
Rescued from the animal shelter on the first night of Hanukkah, Latke the dog helps teach the lesson of gratitude.

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko (Random House Children’s Books)
Holiday time at Sadie’s means a menorah and a tree. This story shows how families can blend both holidays for a joyful celebration.

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