The North of Israel is a wonderful place to head to for Hanukkah with many family events taking place across the region. There are a wide variety of activities across every town and village as well as a large number in the holy city of Safed. Check out some of the top things to do in the Galilee and Safed for Hanukkah below.
Also check out our article about Hanukkah, Hanukkah events in Israel, and Hanukkah in Jerusalem.
Hanukkah events in Northern Israel 2018
Hanukkah in Haifa
Throughout December, the Holiday of Holidays. This event in Haifa offers festivities to celebrate the major festivals of its Jewish, Christian, and Muslim residents, in Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan. Almost every day of the month, and especially at weekends, there are concerts, exhibitions, tours, shows, and conferences.
Safed is one of the most interesting cities in Israel – read more about Safed.
Jewish legend relates the story of Judith, a young woman from the city of Bethulia, who seduced Holofernes, an Assyrian general, with cheese dishes. After Holofernes fell asleep Judith cut off his head and brought it back to her city, thereby rallying her townspeople to resist the occupation of their land. To commemorate Judith’s act many people observe the custom of eating cheese dishes during. Two dairies in Safed remain open throughout Hanukkah to allow visitors to drop in and observe the cheese-making process while sampling some of the sheep and goats milk products.