Hanukkah in northern Israel is a wonderful time of year. There are Hanukkah events taking place all across the region. Towns and villages each host their own variety of activities with an especially large number of activities in the holy city of Safed. Check out some of the top events happening during Hanukkah in northern Israel.
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 many synagogues are closed for services, 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. Enjoy the glow of your own menorah and maybe try some new latke recipes to spice up your celebrations!
Hanukkah events in Northern Israel 2019
Hanukkah in Haifa
From the 19-28 of December, you can catch the Holiday of Holidays celebration which happens annually in Haifa.This event offers a multitude of festivities to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan. Every day you can find concerts, food stands, and street celebrations.The festival takes place in the Arab Wadi Nisnas neighborhood and goes until the German Colony at the foot of the Bahai Gardens.
With Hanukkah being the festival of oil, there’s no better way to start than at the Museum of Edible Oil Production. The museum traces the history of Israel’s cooking oil industry from thousands of years ago to present day.
Visit the Haifa Museum for special Hanukkah workshops and catch a Hanukkah play during the school break at the Haifa Municipal Theater.
There are so many other things to do around Haifa and Hanukkah (especially for those who have a break and kids at home) is the perfect time to do them.
Hanukkah in Safed
Safed (or Tzfat) is one of the most interesting cities in Israel. It’s also one of the best places to be during Hanukkah. One of the most memorable experiences to have in Safed during Hanukkah is to join a a nightly Hanukkah Candle Tour. Shvil HaLev and the Tzfat Kabbalah Center offer nightly tours where you can hear the stories of Hanukkah and see the traditions of Hanukkah candle-lighting in the Old Jewish Quarter.
Another great thing to do in Safed during Hanukkah is to visit Safed’s old city dairies to observe the cheese-making process while sampling some of the sheep and goats milk products. Eating dairy products during Hanukkah is a tradition in honor of the Jewish heroine Judith who helped gain an important victory with her homemade cheese.
Celebrate Hanukkah at Livnot U’Lehibanot’s community center. From December 24-December 26 and December 30, there will be activities for the whole family, music, stories, and tours of 16th century Safed excavations.
If you want to work on your basketball aim, come out on December 29 to the Mercaz Hapayis in Safed. Doron Shefer and Liad Suez-Karni, two accomplished basketball stars are coming to Tzfat to lead clinics and special activities in honor of Hanukkah.
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