Get ready to light up the night because Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is almost here! Lasting eight special days and sparkling evenings, it's the perfect time for families to come together, celebrate traditions and create lasting memories.
For children, Hanukkah is an especially exciting time full of fun games and yummy treats. Join us as we illuminate eight ways to turn your Hanukkah into a magical and meaningful experience!
Night 1: Light the Menorah
Kick off the celebrations with the tradition of lighting the menorah, a symbolic nine-branched candelabra. Each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, an additional candle is lit, commemorating the eight nights that the menorah burned in the Temple.
Get your kiddos involved in this meaningful tradition by letting them take turns lighting the candles. And when it comes to festive outfits they’ll love to wear as you gather, night after night, we’ve got you. Our Holiday Play Collection is full of seasonal styles that look great, without the discomfort of stiff formal clothes. Our Classic Navy Flutter Tutu Dress with Bloomer, or Classic Navy Polo Shirt paired with a cozy pair of Joggers will be picture-perfect and cozy as can be.
Night 2: Learn About Hanukkah History
Share the history and significance of Hanukkah with your children. It’s the perfect time to engage in age-appropriate discussions, read books or watch documentaries that explain the historical and cultural aspects of the holiday.
We love The Ninth Night of Hanukkah, written by Erica S. Perl. This children’s story describes different Hanukkah traditions that you can share with your kids during these eight days. It’s a wonderful way to get them excited to learn more!
Night 3: Spin the Dreidel
Dreidel is a spinning top game that's popular during Hanukkah. The game involves betting with chocolate gelt (coins) and following the Hebrew letters on the dreidel. Not only is it fun, but it helps children learn the Hebrew alphabet and the history of Hanukkah.
For a fun and festive night in, cozy up in matching Hanukkah Lights & Love jams, teach your kids how to play and enjoy some friendly competition!
Night 4: Decorate the House
Ask your children to help you decorate your home for Hanukkah! Make homemade decorations like paper menorahs, Star of David ornaments and banners with festive Hanukkah greetings.
Spending time with your family creating decorations in family matching pajamas is a wonderful way to make your home feel more festive during the holidays.
Night 5: Exchange Hanukkah Gifts
Families often exchange small gifts during Hanukkah. This is a great opportunity to teach your children that the joy of giving gifts doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive!
Encourage your children to make or create thoughtful gifts for each other and family members. From art projects to small craft creations, these simple, handmade items promote creativity and the joy of giving!
Night 6: Give Back as a Family
Hanukkah is a time to perform acts of kindness, also known as tikkun olam!
Volunteering at a local food bank, donating to a charity, or helping those in need within your community are all great ways to give back, especially during the holiday season. Plus, completing a charitable act together is such a wonderful way to bond as a family!
Night 7: Cook Traditional Hanukkah Foods
Cooking traditional Hanukkah dishes, with your little one dressed in their Hanukkah Lights & Love Two-Piece Pajama Set, is a fun and delicious way to celebrate the holiday.
Invite your kiddos to help you make potato latkes (pan-fried potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts). Cooking together is an educational experience that connects children to the culinary traditions of Hanukkah. They’ll love enjoying the tasty treats you make together, and they’ll remember the memories forever!
Night 8: Perform Hanukkah Songs and Stories
Sing traditional Hanukkah songs like "I Have a Little Dreidel" and read Hanukkah-themed children's books. These fun activities help children connect with the cultural and religious aspects of the holiday in an engaging way!
On your last night celebrating Hanukkah, ask the kids to organize a family talent show. Dress them up in their best holiday outfits, like our Black Flutter Tutu Dress and Black Polo Romper for a show stopping and photo-ready performance! Ask them to sing their new songs and tell the stories they learned this week.
Hanukkah is such a beautiful time for families to come together, celebrate their heritage and keep traditions alive! By involving your children in the activities, history, cooking and acts of kindness associated with Hanukkah, you can create lasting memories and instill a deep sense of cultural appreciation.
Make the Festival of Lights a joyful experience that your children will cherish forever with these eight ideas. Drop a comment to let us know if you and your families are celebrating in any other special ways this holiday season!