Celebrate Hanukkah in New Jersey:
Best Events & Festivals
Hanukkah (Chanukah) is an Eight Day Jewish Festival Also known as the "Festival of Lights".
This year the eight day Jewish festival of lights runs from sundown on the evening of Saturday, December 24, 2016 and ends in the evening of Sunday, January , 2017
Hanukkah, the Hebrew word for dedication, commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem which was vandalized after the Greek King of Syria forbade the Jews from worship-ping or practicing many of their faith's rituals. The temple was reclaimed after a battle with the Syrian army for eight days and nights in 165 B.C.
The holiday is celebrated by the lighting of the menorah. According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication of the temple, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil. Each night of the festival of lights, another light on the menorah is lit until all eight lamps shine on the eighth night.
Hanukkah is also a joyful celebration, especially for children. After lighting the Hanukkah candles together, families and invited guests will eat and play games. Traditional Hanukkah food is oil-rich in commemoration of the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days. Potato pancakes are a Hanukkah favorite. Israelis eat Hanukkah dough nuts called soofganiot. Dreidel (sivovon in Hebrew) is a traditional Hanukkah game, with game rules so simple that the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents can play together. The custom of giving Hanukkah gelt (money) to children has evolved into a gift-giving tradition in many Jewish families today
2016 Hanukkah Celebrations in New Jersey
Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event
Northern Jersey 2016 Hanukkah Celebations
Franklin Lakes Menorah Lighting
Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 4:12 PM
Chabad Jewish Center
375 Pulis Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ
It is considered a great mitzvah and responsibility to honor the Sabbath by lighting candles 18 minutes before sunset on Friday evening. This unique commandment, entrusted to the Jewish woman, is rich with meaning and purpose.
The Chathams' Menorah Lighting
Monday, December 26, 2016: @6 p.m.
Chatham, NJ 07928
The third night of Hanukkah, refreshments following the lighting will be served in the Gazebo. All residents and business people are invited to join Mayor Bruce A. Harris and local town officials in the lighting of the menorah.
Florham Park Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 27, 2016; @ 6pm
Florham Park Gazebo
111 Ridgedale Ave
Florham Park, NJ
On the fourth night of Hanukkah, refreshments following the lighting will be served in the gazebo. All residents and business people are invited to join Mayor Mark Taylor and local town officials in the lighting of the menorah.
East Hanover Menorah Lighting
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
411 Ridgedale Ave
East Hanover, NJ
On the fifth night of Hanukkah, refreshments following the lighting will be served inside Town Hall. All residents and business people are invited to join Mayor Joseph Pannullo and local town officials in the lighting of the menorah.
Mahwah Menorah Lighting
Wednesday, December 28, 2016; @5:00 p.m
Mahwah Town Hall
475 Corporate Dr
This event features live music, hot Chanukah refreshments, costumed characters, children's entertainment & Chanukah crafts in the senior center following the ceremony.
Madison Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 29, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Madison Train Station
Madison, NJ 07940
The Madison Menorah Lighting is held on the sixth night of Hanukkah with Mayor Robert Conley joining in the ceremony. Refreshments will follow inside the Hartley Dodge Memorial building.
River Vale - Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 29, 2016; @ 6;30 pm
628 Rivervale Road.
Following the lighting of the first candle of Hanukkah, they will move indoors to the Community Center where guests will be offered some delicious treats compliments of the Valley Chabad as well as games and prizes.
Central Jersey 2016 Hanukkah Celebations
Annual Holiday Lighting at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
1 Memorial Lane
Exit 116, Garden State Parkway (on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center)
The ceremony includes the lighting of a Christmas tree and Menorah, and a reading about Kwanzaa.
Dec. 17, 2016 10 a.m
Temple Beth Miriam
180 Lincoln Ave
Celebrate Hanukkah with music, dancing, crafts, a PJ Library story, and snacks. For children ages 5 and under and their families.
Bagels & Blocks
Sunday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.
Monmouth Reform Temple
332 Hance Ave
Tinton Falls, NJ
Explore the Jewish value of generosity while decorating gifts to be donated to others. Includes free play, a PJ Library story time, and snack.
Sunday, December 18, 2016; 10:30 a.m.
Congregation Bnai Tikvah
1001 Finnegans Lane
North Brunswick, NJ
Get ready for Hanukkah with crafts, music, PJ Library books, holiday-themed snacks, and other activities. For children ages 5 and under and their families.
My Jewish Journey
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 11 a.m.
250 Grove Ave
advance registration required.
Explore the holiday of Hanukkah through art, food, music, stories, crafts, and other activities. For children ages 2 – 6 and their families.
Bradley Beach Menorah Lighting
Saturday, December 24, 2016
The annual Menorah lighting will take place in Riley Park after sundown.
Grand Menorah Celebration
Sunday, December 25, 2016; 10:30am-12:00pm
Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe
State Park Perrineville Road
Corner Prospect Plains Road
Monroe Twp NJ 08831
One of NJ's largest Menorah celebrations. Features a live band, donuts, latkes, hot cocoa, and fun event for kids with crafts, Hannukah treats and more.
Sunday, December 25, 2016; Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Center for Jewish Life
176 Rt 79 North
Advance registration requested but not required.
Crafts, games, donut decorating, moon bounce, and other Hanukkah fun, including a pizza lunch.
Sunday, December 25, 2016; 7 p.m.
Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple
220 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ
Celebrate the first day of Hanukkah by grooving to the beat of the renowned Jewish acapella group Six13.
Freehold Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016; @ 6:00pm
Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County
310 Mounts Corner Dr.
Freehold, NJ 07728
The Chabad of Manalapan hosts a giant Menorah Lighting in front of the Jewish Heritage Museum in Freehold. Members of the community can enjoy lively music, latkes and doughnuts.
Lambertville Festival of Lights
Lighting on Tuesday, December 27, 2016; @7 p.m.
Lambertville's City Square
Corner of Union and Bridge Streets.
There will be food, singing, and light. This event is presented by the Chabad of Hunterdon County. Hear the story of Chanukah, enjoy singing, Chanukah Gelt, Latkes, and free Menorahs.
Red Bank Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 27 at 6:30pm
Red Bank Train Station
Join in as the they light the Menorah, sing Chanukah songs and dance
Thursday, December 29th, 2016; 7:00PM
JCC of Middlesex
For more information, call 732-494-3232.
Join in on the lighting of the Edison Township Menorah and Chanukah Celebration! Dignitaries, JCC staff and community members will be in the gym for the lighting of the menorah. The festivities continue with music, entertainment and light refreshments for all.
This is a free event!
Jackson Township - Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 29, 2016; 4:30- 6:00pm
Jackson Township Municipal Building
95 West Veterans Highway
Presented by Bat Shalom Hadassah, The festivities include, kosher refreshments, official greetings, Chanukah songs, and the Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Shlock Rock Chanukah Concert
Thursday, December 29, 2016; 7 p.m.
Highland Park High School
102 North 5th Ave
Highland Park, NJ
Dance and sing along to Jewish music favorites Shlock Rock, sponsored by Congregation Ohav Emeth.
December 29, 2016: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Long Branch, NJ
Presented by Chabad of the Shore, Menorah Lighting and More.
Southern Jersey 2016 Hanukkah Celebations
Cherry Hill Holiday Lighting
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm, Free
Carman Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street
Cherry Hill, NJ
Welcome the holiday season as a community. The Township's Mayor will light the Hanukkah Menorah and Christmas Tree as a symbol of this special time of year. Area youth choirs and musicians will bring you the traditional sounds of the season. Light refreshments will be served.
Chanukah on Ice
Saturday Night, December 24, 2016, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm,
The Flyer's Skate Zone
601 Laurel Oak Rd.
856-874-1500. Ext 302
Fun for all ages! Open to the Public. The event features skating where children and adults can skate to contemporary Jewish music and classic Chanukah songs. To add to the fun we will also be making a Chanukah art project to take home. In addition, guests will be invited to watch a giant Chanukah Ice Menorah actually being lit during the festivities. The Menorah will stand over 5 feet tall and weigh over 400 pounds!
Cherry Hill Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 25, 2016: 5:00PM
Barclays shopping Center
Cherry Hill, NJ
856 - 874-1500
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Menorah standing at 18 feet tall. Following the kindling, there will be a program featuring music, delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels, a raffle and family fun.
Annual Car Menorah Parade
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Parade leaves The Chabad Center
1925 Kresson Rd.
West Berlin, NJ
856-874-1500 ext 302
4:00pm - Parade leaves from The Chabad Center
4:45pm- Parade destination - Barclay Shopping Center
5:00pm- Barclay Menorah Lighting.
Medford Festival of Lights Public Menorah Kindling Ceremony
Monday, December 26, 2016: @ 6:00pm
Corner of Main Street and Allen
For information, contact Chabad of Medford at 609-451-3522
Immediately after the kindling, there will be a program featuring delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels, a raffle and family fun.
Haddonfield Menorah Lighting
Wednesday, December 28, 2016: at 6:00 PM
60 N. Haddon Ave.
856 - 874-1500
The grand Chanukah celebration will take place on feature Public dignitaries and community leaders to assist in kindling the giant Menorah. Following the kindling, there will be a program featuring music, delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels and family fun.