Special Hanukkah events in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
The week of Hanukkah in Israel (December 12-20) lends itself to exploring urban Israel and seeing the lights of the “Hanukkiah” shine in the windows and doorways of different neighborhoods all the while tasting the fresh donuts from the bakeries that are customarily made at this time of year. The best places to see the Hanukkah candles are the Old City of Jerusalem, the neighborhood of Nachlaot in Jerusalem and the Old City of Tzfat.
Museums and tourist attractions run special events throughout the week of Hanukkah and in many places there is free entrance for children.
Listed below are some special events that are happening in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Hanukkah:
Jerusalem – Hanukkiah lighting at the Western Wall
The Hanukkiah (menorah) at the Western Wall will be lit every night at 16:30 in an iconic public ceremony in the presence of leading rabbis and dignitaries.
Jerusalem- The Israel Museum
Free Entrance to Museum Throughout Hanukkah for Children (under 18, excluding workshops, performances, and special events)
Special events at the Israel Museum during Hanukkah Aluminium
Sun – Wed | 17.12- 20.12 |
The Magic Screen | Theatrical Illusions Show Combining magic and animation on a giant LED screen. Leon’s magic show could have been perfect if his apprentice had not decided to disrupt his performance and steal the show. The Magic Screen will premiere at the Israel Museum during Hanukkah, offering an entertaining experience that combines humor, magic and technology. The Pyromania Group brings to the stage an artistic language that combines theater, circus acrobatics and dance with multimedia and technology, and now even illusions and magic. Hanukkah Workshops Inspired by Light and Recycling Workshops.
For more information: http://www.imj.org.il/en/events/hanukkah-museum
Jerusalem – Tower of David Museum
The Night Spectacular
The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains including those that date back to the time of the Maccabees in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images.
The Night Spectacular uses trompe l’oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the screened images envelop the viewers and whisk them off to a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.
Advanced booking recommended. For more information about the Tower of David Museum: https://www.tod.org.il/en/
Tel Aviv – Lighting of Hanukkah Candles
Every night from December 12-19, the Hanukkah candles will be lit in Rabin Square, Sarona Square and HaTachana.
16:30 – HaTachana, 17:30- Sarona, 18:00 – Kirkar Rabin
On Friday: 15:45 On Saturday: 16:30 – HaTachana, 20:00- Sarona, 19:30 – Kirkar Rabin
Tel Aviv – Night Light Festival in downtown Tel Aviv
Thurs + Sat | 14-16.12 |
Neve Sha’anan neighborhood was originally designed as a candelabrum and during Hanukkah, the neighborhood will recreate the original candelabrum and illuminate the multicultural abundance and complexity of the neighborhood with dozens of Performances, light installations and projections, music, food, tours, parties, and engaged-art in public and private spaces. The neighborhood will come to life through light and art.
Tel Aviv – A Selfie Hanukkiah at the Tel Aviv Port
Wed | 20.12 | 16:00 23:00
A huge 6 meter Hanukkiah will be created on LED lights with selfie pictures getting posted in real-time.
Tel Aviv – Jaffa – the Old City of Jaffa
Wed, Thur| 14.12 15:00 – 17:00 15.12 10:00 – 12:00
Arts and craft workshops and guides from the Israel Antiquities Authority.