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26 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah 2019 in Baltimore

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The Hanukkah countdown is underway and the latke eating and dreidel spinning begins now!  This year’s family-friendly Hanukkah celebrations are fun-filled and delicious! There are ice sculpture menorahs, chocolate menorahs, storytimes, parties, and even a car parade. You’ll also get to eat lots of latkes, donuts and chocolate gelt. Looking for something to do on December 25th? Choose from an array of volunteer projects at Community Mitzvah Day and then reward yourself by participating in the Jewish tradition of Chinese food and a movie.

Hanukkah 2019 begins at sundown on Sunday, December 22nd and continues until sundown on Monday, December 30th.

DBJCC Pre-Hanukkah Party
Join PJ Library Baltimore to celebrate Hanukkah with songs, stories, crafts, and a kosher nut-free snack!
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St. Baltimore
Friday, December 13, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Hands on Holidays
Celebrate Hanukkah with a free, drop-in storytime at Enoch Pratt Library with stories, songs, and snacks. For children ages 5 years and under. Choose from multiple dates and locations. RSVP requested.
Govans-5714 Bellona Ave, Baltimore
Friday, December 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Rd, Baltimore
Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Patterson Park, 158 N Linwood Ave, Baltimore
Monday, December 16, 11 a.m. – Noon

DBJCC Hanukkah Party: Mitzvahs and Miracles
Get ready for Hanukkah with open play, crafts, games, holiday treats, and a special community service project with the CJE Connectors and Jewish Volunteer Connection. RSVP requested.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St. Baltimore
Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. – Noon

Hanukkah at Foundry Row
Join the JCC at Wegmans for free, drop-in Hanukkah activities including stories, crafts, dreidel spinning, and a special holiday sing-a-long.
Foundry Row, 10100 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills
Sunday, December 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Menorah Workshop
Kids can create their very own menorah for Hanukkah at Home Depot using wood, nails, and hammers. Enjoy music, snacks, coffee, and a donut wall! Sponsored by Chabad of Hunt Valley. RSVP requested. Free.
The Home Depot, 125 Industry Lane, Cockeysville
Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

PJ Library Hanukkah Celebration for Russian-Speaking Families
Celebrate Hanukkah and the Russian New Year with PJ Library Baltimore and the ArtXutor theater troupe followed by crafts and traditional, kosher, Hanukkah and New Year’s snacks. Advance registration requested. $20/child, $15/adult, free for ages 18 mos. and under.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Sunday, December 15, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Hands-on Hanukkah
Listen to a Hanukkah story, play dreidel, and make rolled beeswax candles. This free, drop-in event is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Education.
Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave, Baltimore
Tuesday, December 17, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

A Shining Light (Family Event Grief Support)
A special Hanukkah program for adults and children ages 7 and up to honor loved ones who are no longer with us but continue to be a light in our lives. Includes a candle-making craft and menorah lighting. RSVP requested. $5/pp
Weinberg JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Baltimore
Wednesday, December 18, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

JTown Hanukkah Chagigah
Celebrate Hanukkah with your friends from JTown and PJ Library at this free, drop-in event. Enjoy stories, songs, snacks, and holiday crafts. Morning and afternoon sessions offered.
J Town at Weinberg JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Thursday, December 19, 11 a.m. – Noon & 2 – 3 p.m

Shabbanukah Potluck & Menorah Museum
A Shabbat service with a Hanukkah twist followed by a community potluck and pizza dinner. RSVP requested. Free and open to the community. All are welcome.
Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane,  Baltimore
Friday, December 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Kol HaLev Hanukkah Celebration
A short Shabbat service followed by a community menorah lighting, holiday songs, games, crafts, and holiday treats. Free and open to the public.
130 W. Seminary Ave, Lutherville, MD 21093
Friday, December 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Hanukkah at Hunt Valley Towne Center
Join the JCC at Wegmans for free, drop-in Hanukkah activities including stories, crafts, holiday treats, dreidel spinning, and a special holiday sing-a-long.
Wegmans (upstairs dining area), Hunt Valley Towne Center, 118 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley
Saturday, December 21, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Hanukkah Carnival
A fun afternoon of games, prizes, food, and refreshments. $5/family suggested donation.
Congregation Tiferes Yisroel, 6201 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Sunday, December 22, Noon – 3 p.m.

Hanukkah on Ice
Make Hanukkah crafts, skate to Hanukkah music and finish up by heading over to McKeldin Square for the Baltimore Hanukkah Festival and menorah lighting ceremony. Sponsored by the Downtown Baltimore JCC.
Inner Harbor Ice Rink, 201 E. Pratt St, Baltimore
Sunday, December 22, 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Fire on Ice Menorah Lighting
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant menorah made of ice followed by hot latkes, donuts, Hanukkah gelt, warm cider, free menorahs, and a fire show. Sponsored by Chabad of Hunt Valley.
Hunt Valley Towne Center, 118 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley
Sunday, December 22, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

Six13 Concert
Get in the holiday mood with a performance by Six13 – the renowned six-man acapella group. Fun for all ages. Purchase tickets online or at the door.
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Baltimore
Sunday, December 22, 3 – 5 p.m.

Modern Menorah
Join Painting with a Twist for a Modern Menorah Painting party. Fun for all ages. Sign up online.
Painting with a Twist-Lutherville, 1134 York Rd #101, Lutherville-Timonium
Monday, December 23, 1 – 3 p.m. 

Baltimore’s Menorah Car Parade & Menorah Lighting
Join the Menorah car parade beginning at Cheder Chabad and continue through city and county streets, culminating with a grand menorah lighting and celebration at Market Maven. Sponsored by the Chabad Centers of Greater Baltimore.
Starting at Cheder Chabad, 5713 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Ending at Market Maven, 1630 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville
Monday, December 23, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

AMIT Chinese Dinner and Games
An evening of food and friends to support the children of AMIT in Israel. RSVP required.
Private Home in Pikesville (Address provided upon RSVP)
Tuesday, December 24, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Community Mitzvah Day
Give back to the community on December 25th. Choose from a variety of projects and locations with volunteer opportunities available for all ages and abilities. Advance registration required. Organized by Jewish Volunteer Connection.
Wednesday, December 25 – Multiple times & locations

Family Movie Time at the Jewish Museum of Maryland – WALL-E
The whole family will enjoy this kid-friendly animated tale of the robot WALL-E and his mission to clean up the planet. After the movie, check out the exhibit Scrap Yards – Innovators of Recycling. Movie tickets free with museum admission.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St, Baltimore
Wednesday, December 25, 1 – 3 p.m.

Hanukkah Party 2019 at Ner Tamid
Enjoy a Chinese food buffet followed by a choice of films. There will be a kid-friendly movie selection as well as a screening of the documentary, “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel.”
RSVP required.
Ner Tamid-Greenspring Valley Synagogue, 6214 Pimlico Rd, Baltimore
Wednesday, December 25, 5 p.m.

Hanukkah in Chocolate Land
A chocolate-filled Hanukkah celebration featuring a giant chocolate menorah, chocolate fondue fountain, chocolate art, donut decorating, and chocolate Hanukkah gelt. A pizza dinner will be served. Free and open to all.
Owings Mills Chabad Center, 11299 Owings Mills Blvd. #202, Owings Mills
Thursday, December 26, 5 – 7 p.m.

Hanukkah Chagigah
Celebrate Hanukkah with music, kids’ entertainment, a latke dinner, and a DIY sufganiyot bar. RSVP requested.
Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim Congregation, 7504 Seven Mile Lane, Baltimore
Thursday, December 26, 6 – 8 p.m.

Tot Shabbat at J Town
Celebrate Shabbat at JTown every Friday from 11 a.m.-Noon. Listen to Shabbat songs, sing, and enjoy grape juice and challah while learning the special Shabbat blessings. No experience or prior knowledge required to join the fun! Open to all.
J Town at Weinberg JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Friday, December 27, 11 a.m. – Noon 

Hanukkah Wonderland
A two-day Hanukkah extravaganza with fun for the whole family including holiday crafts, moon bounce, face painting, petting zoo, donut decorating, and olive press demonstrations. This year’s celebration will include a new toddler area. Food will be available for purchase. Brought to you by the JCC of Greater Baltimore and Chabad of Park Heights. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, walk-ins are welcome!
Weinberg JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Sunday, December 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Monday, December 30, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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