A menorah with all the candles lit, three dreidels sitting next to it and delicious desserts on the other side of the menorah.

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About Hanukkah

Children love Hanukkah, and why not? There are eight days of candle lighting, with candles increasing in number each night, there are lots of fried yummy foods, and did someone say presents? 

Also known as the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication, the holiday celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Maccabean revolt against the Syrian-Greek army. The holiday takes place for eight nights and days, commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple. Here is a simplified version of the Hanukkah Story for kids.

Hanukkah takes place during the darkest part of the year. It’s at the end of the Hebrew month of Kislev, and the beginning of Tevet, so the moon is waning and then barely visible. It makes sky-watching really fun – especially with flashlights and glow sticks.


Everything you wanted to know about Hanukkah — and more!


Crafts and games for a super fun Hanukkah


Nothing says Hanukkah like the smell of latkes! Learn how to make them — and more!


Videos for all ages


Get into the spirit of Hanukkah with this playlist


There’s nothing like curling up with a good book as the candles glow

PJ Library is full of wonderful Hanukkah stories to share. These are some of our favorites:

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