Tel Aviv is always a great place to be, but Hanukkah in Tel Aviv is even better. Where else in the world can you find an array of sufganiyot being freshly baked in practically every bakeshop, a multitude of menorah lightings to attend, and festive theatrical shows for the kids who are on break? The Festival of Lights is being celebrated this year from December 10th-18th. There are tons of events to be found all around the city. It’s the perfect time to go explore new locations and try new things (we’re looking at you, dulche de leche sufganiyot). Here are some of the top events happening around Tel Aviv, and most importantly, where to find the best sufganiyot that will have you wishing that the oil lasted for more than 8 days!
Hannukkah & Covid-19
Across the globe, tours will not be operating, synagogues will be closed, and many annual events are cancelled. Enjoy the glow of your own menorah and maybe try some new latke recipes to spice up your celebrations at home!
what to do during hanukkah in Tel aviv
attend a menorah lighting
What better way to commemorate the miracle of Hanukkah and get to know the community than by attending a public menorah lighting? Go to Gan Ha’atzmaut (Independence Park), the park overlooking Hilton Beach, on December 22 to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. There will be a menorah lighting, live music, donuts, activities for the kids, and of course, a selfie with Judah Maccabi himself!
On December 23, the Bavli Community Center is hosting a menorah lighting. The event will also have a parade of lights, donuts, candles, and performances.
During the entire holiday, there will be public menorah lightings at HaBima Square (17:00 on December 22-26 and 29, 15:45 on December 27, 20:30 on December 28) and at Rabin Square (18:00 on December 22-26 and 29, 15:45 on December 27, 19;30 on December 28).
eat your weight in sufganiyot
Eating sufganiyot on Hanukkah is a tradition, and we are all about tradition. These jelly-filled donuts can be found all around the city in flavors that will knock you off your feet. Not a donut person? Don’t knock it till you try it. These are donuts like you’ve never seen or tasted before. Roladin is most famous for serving up a huge variety of donuts. Try the ‘Banana Coffee Tofi’ filled with banana caramel or the mascarpone and red berries. Of course, since Tel Aviv is the vegan capital of the world, you van even find vegan donuts at Piece of Cake, a bakery with a few locations throughout the city. There are really donuts for every taste. See more on our list of the best sufganiyot in Tel Aviv.
On December 28, catch Market.Tlv to pick up some great presents. Find unique items made by young designers and creators. Enjoy good music and coffee. The event will be happening at T House Saloon & Garden on Ibn Gvirol 26 from 11-20:00.
The Amiad Center located in the Jaffa Flea Market is hosting a holiday exhibition, which is inspired by Hanukkah and Christmas. There will be colorful and artistic balloon installations.
Grab the kids and head to HaTachana, Tel Aviv’s converted old train station. Between December 25-26, there will be a big Hanukkah celebration complete with an outdoor gymboree, arts and crafts, and a race car complex.