On the occasion of Hanukkah: Looking for activities with the kids? Here is the complete guide

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1. Wooden spinning top installation
Where: On the main terminal, near the carousel, Tel Aviv port
When: Until December 6th
Who is what: During Hanukkah week, huge wooden spinning tops will be displayed one meter high in the main plaza. Kids are invited to spin, spin, find out how the spinning tops do not fall, compete in the longest rounds and be photographed for souvenir photos. The most beautiful photos will be posted on the port’s digital channels and will win the winner a pair of tickets to Babylon Park.
How much: Free
More details on the Tel Aviv Port website

Wooden Spinning Top Installation, Tel Aviv Port (Photo: Imaging: Studio City Platon)

2. On heroism
Where: “We” – The Jewish People’s Museum, Tel Aviv University Campus
When: Until December 6th
Who’s Who: A track of unique menorahs from past centuries and around the world, the stories behind them, and the people who brought light into the world and changed the face of history. Every family that visits the museum on the holiday will also receive a Hanukkah fee – a banknote to be redeemed at the museum store.
How much: NIS 52 (children up to the age of 5 – free admission).
More details on the “We” Museum website

“We” – The Jewish People’s Museum, Tel Aviv University Campus (Photo: Shahar and Ziv Katz)
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3. Art workshops
Where: Ofer Mall, Ramat Aviv
When: Until December 6th
Who’s what: A huge complex will be built in the mall, inspired by the TV show “Do-It”, which will be designed as a set of photographs and will include workshops for building menorahs, designing wooden spinning tops, making gloves and sock hats, designing room pictures, designing flower pots and more.
How much: Free
More details on the Ofer Malls website

A huge children's complex for Hanukkah at the Ofer Mall in Ramat Aviv (Photo: Neti Levy)A huge children’s complex for Hanukkah at the Ofer Mall in Ramat Aviv (Photo: Neti Levy)

4. Walt Disney Festival
Where: The Children’s Cinematheque in the Meditech complex in Holon
When: Until December 6th
Who’s Who: The children’s cinematheque inaugurated in Holon celebrates the 120th anniversary of the creator of Walt Disney with screenings of “The Jungle Book”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Cinderella”.
How much: NIS 22-25 for a ticket
More details on the Children’s Cinematheque website

Walt Disney Festival, Children's Cinematheque at the Meditech Complex in Holon (Photo: Tal Bitterman)Walt Disney Festival, Children’s Cinematheque at the Meditech Complex in Holon (Photo: Tal Bitterman)

5. Illusions Festival
Where: Renanim Mall in Raanana, 0th floor, near Shufersal
When: November 29 to December 1
Who’s what: Experiential virtual reality complexes will be set up in the mall, such as a roller coaster, which simulates an extreme roller coaster ride, a complex
Angry Birds based on the beloved game, and a cyber beat complex where musical blocks will be cut with the help of a simulated sword.
How much: Free
More details on the Renanim Mall website

6. Netanya of light
Where: In Planetania and the Netanya City Museum
When: November 30 to December 6
Who’s what: Netanya offers a variety of activities for Hanukkah, including a journey to discover the light, star gazing at the planetarium and interesting lessons on the sense of sight, lantern tour and lighting of Hanukkah candles, culinary tour of the market, graffiti workshop, escape room about the mystery of the lost menorah, workshop for making clay candles from the period The Hasmoneans, a show for the whole family with Disney songs and a light and shadow photography workshop.
How much: Ten shekels per ticket
More details on the Netanya Culture website or by phone

Hanukkah at Plantaria Netanya (Photo: Ran Eliyahu)Hanukkah at Plantaria Netanya (Photo: Ran Eliyahu)


1. Boots hikers festival
Where: Across the Hof Hacarmel Regional Council
When: On all Hanukkah days and all weekends of December
Who is Mo: As part of the festival, there will be dozens of activities throughout the Carmel Regional Council in collaboration with the Carmelim Association: a family mission game in the Hof Hacarmel forest, family picnics and musical performances, a wine festival and lantern tours in Caesarea, Ein Hod Artists Village and Ofer Forest.
How much: Starting at NIS 40 per activity
More details on the Travelers in Boots website

Boots hikers festival (Photo: Courtesy of the Carmelim Association)Boots hikers festival (Photo: Courtesy of the Carmelim Association)

2. Hanukkah in the nursery
Where: Yagur Nurseries in the Yagur outdoor complex, at the entrance to Kibbutz Yagur
When: Until December 4th
Who’s Who: During the festival, visitors will enjoy art workshops for children such as making menorahs and spinning tops.
How much: Free
More details on the Yagur Nurseries website and at 04-9848108

Yagur Nursery (Photo: Agmadia)Yagur Nursery (Photo: Agmadia)

The holiday of the holidays
Where: In the public spaces of Haifa and in Wadi Nisnas
When: During three weekends in December: December 2, December 9 and December 16
Who’s Who: The holiday festival will be held for the 28th year and will include a decorated houses competition, Christmas tours, art, culinary and architecture, open houses, creative workshops (including plastic embroidery, Ethiopian weaving and more), language classes, world music performances, singing evenings , Classical concerts, cooking workshops and more.
How much: NIS 60-160 per activity
More details on the holiday website

4. Between a lamp and a menorah
Where: Kiryat Tivon National Park – Beit Shearim
When: Until December 2nd
Who is it: a tour that brings back to the past through caves carved in the soft rock, spectacular reliefs and inscriptions that tell the story of the Jewish people in the Mishnah and Talmudic period, and a meeting with figures from the past who will bring to life the stories of the sages from Beit Shearim.
How much: Entrance to the site: NIS 9 for a child and NIS 22 for an adult
More details on the Moreshet Online website

Kiryat Tivon National Park, Beit Shearim (Photo: Yaniv Cohen, Nature and Parks Authority)Kiryat Tivon National Park, Beit Shearim (Photo: Yaniv Cohen, Nature and Parks Authority)

5. Village Festival You Visited
Where: The Druze and Circassian villages throughout the Galilee
When: Until December 6th
Who is Mo: Inspired by Hanukkah, the Ministry of Tourism and the Galilee Development Authority invite the traveling public to the Druze and Circassian villages in the Galilee, for a variety of events around olive oil: olive groves and oil mills, street performances, local produce stalls, sculpture and art exhibitions, stage, Local performances and folklore (pictured: Beit Jan).
How much: Free
More details on the Kfar website you visited
Kfar Bikratam Festival, Beit Jann (Photo: Gila Yaakovi Gurevitz)Kfar Bikratam Festival, Beit Jann (Photo: Gila Yaakovi Gurevitz)

Jerusalem and the surrounding area

1. Menorah tour of the Jewish Quarter
Where: A meeting point near the box office of the Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem
When: Until December 5th. The tour starts at 17:00
Who’s what: A guided tour for families (ages 7 and up) in the alleys and courtyards of the Jewish Quarter by the light of the menorahs lit in the windows and doorways, in the special festive atmosphere of Jerusalem. The tour lasts an hour and a half, during which the Hanukkah customs and miracles that happened on Hanukkah will be discussed. End of the tour with an exciting view of the Western Wall.
How much: 55 shekels per person
More details on the Tower of David Museum website

Menorah tour in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem (Photo: Ziv Barak)Menorah tour in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem (Photo: Ziv Barak)

2. The Carriage Theater Festival
Where: The Carriage Theater, The Bell Garden, Jerusalem
When: Until December 6, 9:30 – 12:30
Who is it: In the theater plaza, outdoor events will take place, spectacular field figures will walk around and creative workshops for ages 3-7 will be held at a nominal cost.
How much: Admission to outdoor events is free. NIS 30-45 per ticket for the show
More details on the Carriage Theater website and at 4524 *

3. Celebration of lights and food
Where: The Botanical Garden in Givat Ram, Jerusalem
When: Until December 6th
Who’s what: Every evening, the botanical garden will become a colorful and colorful market with live music by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, a meeting with actors and costumed artists, a variety of art and food stalls, hot drinks, donuts and more.
How much: NIS 40 for an adult, NIS 25 for a soldier, a child up to the age of 5 – free
More details on the Botanical Garden website and by phone 02 – 6794012

4. A 3D tour of the City of David
Where: City of David National Park
When: Throughout the Hanukkah holiday
Who’s What: An independent tour of the City of David, delivered with innovative technology, using virtual reality goggles and virtual training.
How much: NIS 60 for an adult, NIS 55 for a child
More details on the City of David website

3D tour of the City of David (Photo: Ituro)3D tour of the City of David (Photo: Ituro)

5. A celebration of dirt
Where: The Science Museum in Jerusalem
When: Until December 6th
Who is Mo: How to detect dirt using UV light, how to move, remove, filter and vacuum it? On Hanukkah, the museum will become a celebration full of dirt and will include nine different centers throughout the museum. In addition, an art exhibit made entirely of waste will be placed.
How much: Child up to age 5 – free, adult – 60 shekels
More details on the Jerusalem Science Museum website

Celebration of Dirt, Jerusalem Science Museum (Photo: Daniel Rahamim-Aloni)Celebration of Dirt, Jerusalem Science Museum (Photo: Daniel Rahamim-Aloni)

6. The mystery of the Maccabees
Where: Modi’in region and Ben Shemen forest
When: Until December 6th
Who’s Who: The Modi’in Tourism Association offers a variety of activities for the whole family: guided tours following the mystery of the Maccabean tombs, happenings on archeology, open houses, hosts, lighting candles in the style of local communities and more.
How much: Some of the activities are free and some at a nominal price
More details on the Modiin Hevel Tourism Association website

7. The KKL-JNF Environmental Menorah
Where: The National Institutions plaza on King George Street, corner of Keren Kayemet Street in Jerusalem
When: Until Thursday, December 2nd. The stand will be open to the general public and will operate from 12:00 to 17:00. Every evening there will be a candle lighting for the audience at 5:30 p.m.
Who’s what: A menorah made from recycled materials, 1.80 high and 2.40 wide, will be placed in the plaza of the national institutions in Jerusalem. The menorah was created by artist Rinat Lok with students, cruises, people with special needs and more. Next to the menorah, a creation stand will be set up, and the general public is invited to create flowers from bottles and recycled materials, which will decorate it.
How much: Free


1. Piano Competition Forever
Where: Monart, Ashdod Cultural Center
When: Until December 6th
Who’s what: The competition, which is held every year on Hanukkah, is intended for pianists aged 6-28. The audience, of all ages, is invited to come and watch all the stages of the competition and be exposed to the future generation of pianists in Israel.
How much: Admission is free
More details on the Piano Competition website

2. A visit to the Greenhouse of the Five Senses
Where: Kibbutz Elifaz, the southern Arava
When: Until December 6, 10:00 – 14:00
Who is it: Come and hear about the challenges of agriculture in the Arava, see the great miracle done in the field crops, smell the herbs and medicinal plants growing in the greenhouse, touch the green leaves and taste tea rich in garden spices.
How much: NIS 38 per person (from the age of two)
More details on the Bukit website and by phone: 08 – 6356230 052 – 3688384

The Greenhouse of the Five Senses, Kibbutz Elifaz (Photo: Hagit Gal)The Greenhouse of the Five Senses, Kibbutz Elifaz (Photo: Hagit Gal)

3. Activities in Timna Park
Where: Timna Park, Southern Arava
When: Until December 2, 10:00 – 16:00
Who’s what: Join a lantern tour of Timna Park alongside archeological excavations in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
How much: NIS 59 for an adult, NIS 49 for a child (3-14). The archeological excavations are free for visitors to the park
More details on the Timna Park website and by phone at 08-6316756

4. Hanukkah in the town
Where: Yeruham
When: During the holidays
Who is it: Among the activities you will find lantern tours in Lake Yeruham Park, night walks in the desert, menorah tours, star gazing, art workshops, culinary workshops for making Moroccan spinach and American bagels, collecting workshops in Lake Yeruham Park, guided tours in Yeruham Crater and more. .
How much: NIS 10-120, depending on the activity
More details on the Yeruham Tourism website

Hanukkah in the town, Yeruham (Photo: Daniel Zemler)Hanukkah in the town, Yeruham (Photo: Daniel Zemler)

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