Hanukkah in Jerusalem is a magical time. Whether you’re attending a menorah lighting event or simply taking a stroll in the streets, it will be impossible to miss the holiday spirit felt around the city. Many menorahs decorate city windows and the smells of freshly baked sufganiyot from the city’s many bakeries waft through the air. For Jerusalem locals or visitors, Hanukkah is a great time to be in Jerusalem. Here are some of the best Hanukkah events taking place around the city.
Hanukkah & covid-19
Across the globe, we are all trying our best to handle this new normal, but unfortunately that means that many of us won’t be spending the holidays the way we normally do. Since tours are only operating under severe restrictions, and social distancing in public spaces is required, we at Tourist Israel want to encourage you to stay at home and stay safe. Many annual events are cancelled or postponed, but we want to offer this guide as a general overview for what to expect seasonally, so we will not be removing events from this page. Why not spin the dreidel at home and try frying up something new?
Hanukkah in Jerusalem – Events from 2019
Special Hanukkah Tours of Jerusalem
Many special tours take place in Jerusalem, especially during the Hanukkah period – perfect for families, bringing to life the stories that would otherwise be read only in books.
Walk in the Old City
Walk through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and admire the beautiful menorahs which can be seen in the windows of homes.
Kotel Menorah Lighting in Jerusalem
The menorah at the Kotel (Western Wall) will be lit every night at 16:30 in an iconic public ceremony in the presence of leading rabbis and dignitaries. It is a very interesting time to visit the Kotel.
The Israel Museum invites your whole family to celebrate Hanukkah. They offer tons of activities which are all included in the admission price. There are art workshops, juggling shows, light and magic shows, story time, and much more! The Israel Museum, Derech Ruppin
GUIDED TOUR AT YAD VASHEM
The Holocaust History Museum is leading a special tour on December 22 in honor of Hanukkah. The tour will include stories about the celebration of Hanukkah during the Holocaust period.
The ToWER of David
The museum offers many activities and exhibitions during Hanukkah. Their magical night tour is perfect for the whole family. Get to know the fascinating story of Jerusalem, tour the walls of the fort, sing Hanukkah songs, and finish the tour lighting festive candles and eating donuts. The tour on December 23 is for Hebrew speakers and on December 24, for English speakers.
The Herzl Museum invites you to light the menorah every night during Hanukkah. The lighting also includes a visit of the museum. Herzl Museum, Herzl Blvd
Beit AVI CHAI
This cultural center has a tradition of celebrating Hanukkah. They put on a Hanukkah theater show for children. There is also a creative light-kite workshop in the holiday spirit. Beit Avi Chai, King George St 44
BLOOMFIELD SCIENCE MUSEUM
Celebrate the festive holiday at the science museum. They have special activities happening for the whole family like tours, science and arts workshops, a 3D movie screening, and a children’s show. Bloomfield Science Museum, Sderot HaMuze’onim 3
Ein Yael Museum
Come to the Ein Yael Oil Festival during Hanukkah. Make olive oil the old-fashioned way alongside different activities.