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December 08, 2017

Celebrate Hanukkah in Philly with these top picks

Many places in the city are hosting special events or offering delicious holiday foods

Holiday Hanukkah
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Holiday lights at Rittenhouse Square.

The first day of Hanukkah is Tuesday, Dec. 12. To celebrate the eight-day Festival of Lights, many places around Philly are hosting special events or offering delicious holiday foods.

In the roundup below, you'll find a menorah-lighting, a Hanukkah feast and more. Through Wednesday, Dec. 20, there are plenty of ways to celebrate.


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Things to do:

Rittenhouse Square Menorah Lighting

The menorah lighting at Rittenhouse Square will include traditional prayers and songs. 

Before, there will be a kid-friendly party at the Ethical Society, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17
5 p.m. | Free
Rittenhouse Square


Boathouse Row Hanukkah Lighting and Celebration

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The Vesper and Malta Boat Clubs act as the shamash of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation sponsored Boathouse Row menorah. Photographed Thursday, December 29, 2016.

The festive program will feature traditional prayers and songs, culminating in the illumination of the blue and white lights on Boathouse Row at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12
5:30-6:30 p.m. | Free
Boathouse Row


Cocktails and Candle Lighting at National Museum of American Jewish History

The Hanukkah celebration will include festive lights, hors d'oeuvres, a speciality cocktail, wine, beer, a Hanukkah-themed take-home craft and access to the exhibition "Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews."

Thursday, Dec. 14
7-10 p.m. | $25-$35 per person
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall E.
(215) 923-3811


Chanukah Wonderland at Please Touch Museum

Kids can enjoy a daylong program of Hanukkah-related activities at the Please Touch Museum. There will be dreidel games, holiday card-making, storytime and more.

All activities are free with museum admission, which is $19 per person.

Wednesday, Dec. 13
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Free with admission
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
(215) 581-3181

Things to eat:

Latkes at Tria Taproom

On all eight nights of Hanukkah, Tria Taproom's chef will use his bubbe's recipe to make latkes for guests. The potato pancakes will be available from open to close.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 20
Tria Taproom
2005 Walnut St.
(215) 557-8277


Federal Donuts Chanukah Minis

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Mini cake donuts, dipped in light lemon glaze and filled with raspberry jam. Yum!

Pick up some jelly-filled doughnuts from Federal Donuts to share with friends and family.

Get 15 doughnuts for $12. They can be picked up at either the North Philly or Center City location.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 through Tuesday, Dec. 19
Federal Donuts
701 N. Seventh St.
(267) 928-3893
or
1632 Sansom St.
(215) 665-1101

Hanukkah Dinner at Abe Fisher

Abe Fisher is hosting Hanukkah dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 13. 

For $50 per person, dine on latkes, braised chicken, smoked trout crudo and apple cider doughnuts. View the menu here.

Wednesday, Dec. 13
$50 per person
Abe Fisher
1623 Sansom St.
(215) 867-0088