Hanukkah starts on the evening of December 10 this year. With the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic hitting the country in full force, Hanukkah parties and family gatherings are off-limits for so many of us — which means that we really need to bring some of that holiday cheer into our home.
If there’s ever an occasion to go all out with your holiday decorations, I’d argue that Hanukkah 2020 is it! I haven’t always been a fan of Hanukkah decorations — I grew up without them, in Israel, where the holiday was special but never had to compete with Christmas. But I love the idea of making your house into a Hanukkah wonderland this year, especially when the world outside our home is so full of uncertainties — for us and for our kids.
Luckily, there seem to be more attractive Hanukkah decorations available than ever before. (Although making your own decorations, or getting your kids to make them, is always an ideal option — gotta keep those little hands busy!)
We’ve selected a wide variety of our favorite stylish, campy, and just plain ridiculous Hanukkah decorations. You can buy one, or many, to help brighten your home for the holiday, or simply use them as inspiration for your own DIY decorations.
Whichever way you go, we hope you and your family have a safe and happy Hanukkah.
The bears and the bigs:
Hanukkah bears exist, and it seems that they are very good bears. This 8-foot inflatable Jewish bear wears a tallit, a kippah, and has a menorah and a dreidel. Truly, the most decked out Hanukkah bear you’ll ever find. At over $100, it’s perhaps a bit much, but if you want to go all out this year and can afford it, we are here to support your decision to put this in your yard. You neighbors will never forget it.
A slightly more affordable 27-inch dreidel bear, and still a very good one.
This 2-foot dreidel is just so silly, but it really makes me smile. I love its little red bowtie!
Light it up!
These tiny Hanukkah lights are so quaint and cute. They’re really fun to hang together as a family — tough you do have to be a little delicate with the paper lanterns.
Just a string of blue menorahs that light up — you really can’t get more classic and perfect than that. These work well to light up your backyard for a small outdoor gathering, or to add some glinting blue lights and give your home that extra holiday oomph.
These paper lanterns do not come with lights included, though you definitely can add some lights to them. But they also look good just hanging from the ceiling!
Another cute set of Hanukkah lanterns. Get both and make your living room into a little Hanukkah wonderland!
Take die-cut paper and some lights, and combine them together into a beautiful glowing garland? It’s simply everything I could’ve asked for! I’m obsessed with this elegant, beautiful banner that will add a serene feel to your Hanukkah celebrations as you turn off the lights and light up your menorahs.
This “Happy Hanukkah” sign is rustic, pretty, and festive! Also, we must give props for spelling Hanukkah exactly how it should be spelled.
This Hanukkah mantlepiece is so cute, with a menorah, Magen David, and dreidel. It has a lovely hand-made feel to it, and these sturdy wooden accent pieces just last forever!
This joyful wall decoration has adorable patterns on it. Another investment for all your future Hanukkah decorating needs.
I saw a sign!
True, you may not be having guests over for indoor Hanukkah gatherings, but with this lovely sign, nobody is going to doubt that there’s some serious Hanukkah spirit in your house.
A more affordable and personalized outdoor sign that will give your outdoor space that holiday feeling — and to wish your neighbors and passersby a happy Hanukkah!
Banners and garlands:
This simple menorah garland comes in blue and silver or gold and light blue. It’s elegant and pretty, and really the perfect classic holiday decoration.
The same gist as the above bunting, here with dreidels! Each four letters from the dreidel is displayed on this bunting, though not really in the right order. But that’s fine — it gives you a good chance to quiz your kids on how well they recognize the letters!
If you’re looking for something with a little more sparkle to it, this seems ideal — blue and silver definitely makes the house feel festive!
This felt garland is so crafty and dreamy. I love the recent felt trend of felt banners and decorations as it adds a soft, stylish feel to your holiday decorating.
A pretty and straightforward burlap banner to give you a bit of that classic barnyard Hanukkah feel. We love it.
I have a weakness for shiny Hanukkah decor, and this prismatic banner from Target provides just that. This is the holiday of light, after all, so why not add some sparkle into your house?!
Speaking of bling, this garland doesn’t only have glitter, it has a glittery sufganiyah! As a lover of the fried doughy treat, I wholeheartedly approve of this. It has also inspired me to make my own glittery banners — looking forward to having glitter and glue on my hands every day until Hanukkah.
Dreidels, menorahs, and Stars of David — this colorful, elegant banner is truly perfect.
Another gorgeous felt decoration, and this time an interactive one, too! If you’re scared of having your kids play with fire, you can put them in charge of filling a felt candle on each night of Hanukkah.
We said this was the holiday of lights, so why not use whatever natural light you have available to enhance the Jewish holiday atmosphere? This beautifully-made sun-catcher is both perfect for Hanukkah and appropriate for year-round use.
Kids love putting decals on windows. Yes, they’re sticky, and they melt if you leave them on the window for too long after Hanukkah — but they’re also so much fun.
Some more window decals for your kids’ grubby hands! And this one comes with shiny neon colors. We approve!
Happy Hanukkah, everyone, and happy decorating!