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The Best Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah in Baltimore

Menorah with burning candles and dreidel. Hanukkah preparations

Start stocking up on Hanukkah gelt, potatoes, candles and wrapping paper, because Hanukkah is right around the corner. We’ve put together a list of family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday all over the Baltimore area. You can run a 5K, take in an a capella concert, choose from several outdoor celebrations, and even make your own menorah.

If you’re already thinking about latkes and doughnuts (we are!) we’ve got all the recipes you need to make your own Hanukkah treats at home, whether you’re looking for traditional recipes or want to give your latkes a contemporary twist.

Hanukkah 2017 begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 12th, and concludes at sundown on Wednesday, December 20th.

2nd Annual Hanukkah Hot Chocolate 5K & Family Fun Run
This year’s run has a new course and kids’ activities. Hot cocoa will be served at the finish line followed by an after-party with Hanukkah-themed swag.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, December 10,  7:30 – 11 a.m.

Downtown Dollar Day: A Very Sephardic Hanukkah
Make your own mezuzah, dreidel, holiday cards or evil eye bracelet and listen to Sephardic Hanukkah stories. A special reading of the new Hanukkah book, The Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by author Pamela Ehrenberg.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St, Baltimore
Sunday, December 10,  10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Home Depot Menorah Workshop
Build your own Hanukkah menorah, take pictures with your favorite Sesame Street characters and enjoy some holiday treats. RSVP requested, parental supervision required. Free
Home Depot, 125 Industry Lane, Cockeysville, MD
Sunday, December 10, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress  
Get in a Hanukkah mood at this interactive musical performance based on the Israeli children’s book Hanna’s Sabbath Dress, including holiday songs and crafts. Buy tickets online or at the door.
Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, December 10, 3 – 5 p.m.

Hands-On Holidays
Celebrate Hanukkah with the Baltimore JCC with a drop-in storytime, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 5 and under. Free
Enoch Pratt Library- Canton, 1030 S Ellwood Ave
Tuesday, December 12, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Enoch Pratt Library-Light St, 1251 Light St
Wednesday, December 13, 11:15 a.m. – Noon
Ivy Book Shop, 6080 Falls Rd
Sunday, December 17, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Enoch Pratt Library-Central, 400 Cathedral St
Wednesday, December 20, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

J Town Community Craft
Schmooze with other families with young children while creating holiday-themed crafts to bring home.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, December 12, 11 a.m.

Six13 Hanukkah Concert
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with a performance by the renowned Jewish a capella group Six13. Hanukkah candle lighting will take place before the concert. Buy tickets online or at the door.
Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville
Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore Hanukkah Festival
Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with cookie decorating, craft projects, photo booth and the lighting of a giant menorah. Free
Mckeldin Square, Inner Harbor (corner of Pratt & Light St.) 
Tuesday, December 12, 3:30 p.m. 

PJ Library Hanukkah Pop-Up  
Make your own menorah, listen to a story, sing holiday songs, and enjoy a nut-free nosh. Free
Yankee Doodle Art Studio, 11341 York Rd, Cockeysville
Wednesday, December 13, 10 – 11:15 a.m.

Legos, Lights, and Latkes
Help build a giant Lego menorah, nosh on pizza and latkes, and enjoy holiday-themed music and activities. Register online.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills
Thursday, December 14, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Beth Israel Hanukkah Celebration
A multi-sensory holiday celebration with candle lighting, choir performance, DJ, dinner, and more. 
Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills
Thursday, December 14, 6 – 9 p.m.

J Town Musical Tot Shabbat
A special musical tot Shabbat to celebrate Hanukkah. All are welcome. Free
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Friday, December 15, 11 a.m.

Hanukkah Celebration at Bolton Street Synagogue
Hanukkah tot Shabbat with songs, dancing, stories, and candle lighting for families with children ages 6 and under, followed by a Hanukkah potluck dinner for all ages. 
Bolton Street Synagogue,  212 W. Cold Spring Lane
Friday, December 15, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Hanukkah Party & Potluck
Shabbat service and Hanukkah party with dreidels, candle lighting, and latkes followed by a dairy/vegetarian potluck dinner. 
Congregation Beit Tikvah, 5802 Roland Ave
Friday, December 15, 6 – 9 p.m.

Latkes & Lights Family Hanukkah Celebration  
Celebrate Hanukkah with Bet Chaverim Congregation and PJ Library of Howard County with Havdalah, a dairy potluck dinner, homemade latke cook-off, holiday crafts, and candle lighting. End the night with a Hanukkah-themed science show with Eric Energy. 
Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative,  9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia
Saturday, December 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Hanukkah Tots
Celebrate Hanukkah with singing, crafts, and a snack along with other families with young children. All are welcome. 
Bolton Street Synagogue,  212 W. Cold Spring Lane
Sunday, December 17, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Hanukkah Foundry Row  
Hanukkah fun at foundry row with music, food, crafts, stories, balloons, face painting, and other holiday fun. Free
Foundry Row, 10100 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills
Sunday, December 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hanukkah Wonderland at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC
Celebrate Hanukkah at the J with an olive press demonstration, doughnut decorating, Hanukkah crafts, moon bounce, face painting, photo booth, and more. RSVP requested, walk-ins welcome. $18/family (JCC Members), $25/family (Non-Members)
Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, December 17, 1 – 4 p.m.

J Town Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Welcome the new Jewish month of Tevet at J Town.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Monday, December 18, 2 p.m.

Family Hanukkah Bingo
Celebrate the 7th night of Hanukkah with a rousing game of family bingo, latkes, and pizza. Register online.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation Auditorium, 3300 Old Court Rd
Monday, December 18, 5:30 p.m.

Hanukkah Lights up the Sky
Celebrate Hanukkah with Chizuk Amuno and Beth El, with a pasta bar, salad, and latke dinner followed by songs, games, candle lighting, and fireworks. Register online.
Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Rd
Monday, December 18, 5:45 – 7 p.m.

J Town Hanukkah Chaggiga
Celebrate Hanukkah in J Town with interactive creative and imaginative play.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Monday, December 19, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.


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