Local Family Friendly Chanukah Events to Celebrate the Season!

Chanukah is here! Looking for some nearby fun to celebrate the season? Hanukkah 2022 begins the evening of Sunday, December November 18 and ends the evening of Monday, December 26th. UNH & Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center is hosting several festive events around the seacoast of NH for the whole family to get out and enjoy!


Home Depot Menorah Building Workshop

Join us for our Menorah workshop and Build and decorate your own Menorah at the Jewish Center. A mix of craftsmanship and art, children will create masterpieces at this workshop. This is a free event sponsored by the Home Depot. Space is limited, RSVP required.

Date: Sunday, December 11th at 11am
Cost: 10 per child, Free for Hebrew School Students
Reservations REQUIRED | JewishSeacoast.com/HomeDepot

Mommy & Me Chanukah Edition (ages 0-6)

Join us for a fun Mommy & Me time. Enjoy

  • Creative Art Projects
  • Social Development
  • Mom Talk
  • Interactive Judaic Circle Time
  • Parachute Play
  • Nutritious Snacks

Date: Friday, December 16th at 10:30am
Where: The Jewish Center
Cost: Free
Reservations REQUIRED | JewishSeacoast/MommyAndMe

Chanukah on Ice

Come join us for our 3rd annual Chanukah on Ice (FROZEN!)

Enjoy the following and lots of family fun:

  • Ice Skating with Olaf
  • Large Menorah Lighting
  • The Dreidel Man
  • Donuts & Chocolate Gelt and Coffee
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Skate to Jewish Music and More!

The Labrie Ice Rink will be open exclusively to Chanukah on Ice participants.

Date: Sunday, December 18th, 2-4pm
Where: The Labrie Family Skate – Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street Portsmouth NH 03801
Cost: $5 PP | SKATES RENTAL $6
Reservations REQUIRED | JewishSeacoast.com/Ice or 603-584-4111

Annual Car Menorah Parade – Light up New Hampshire

Join us for the annual Car Menorah Parade followed in the Seacoast of NH. Leaving from Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth at 4:40pm on 12/19/22. Drive a car, make history and fun! There will be Chanukah treats for each car and it will be sure to be fun for the whole family.

Date: Monday, December 19th at 4:30pm
Where: Leaving from Strawbery Banke Museum
Cost: Free
Reservations REQUIRED | JewishSeacoast.com/Parade

Chanukah at the Mall and Gelt Drop 

Come join us to celebrate Chanukah together. There will be a grand 75ft Gelt drop from a fire truck at the Chanukah celebration: at The Fox Run Mall. Followed by a celebration inside to enjoy:

  • Donuts
  • Dreideles
  • Gelt
  • Crafts
  • Loads of fun for the whole family!

Date: Thursday, Dec 22nd 4:00pm
Where: The Mall at Fox Run, Outside in front of Men’s Macy’s
Cost: Free
Reservations REQUIRED | Jewishseacoast.com/Mall

8th Night of Chanukah Family Celebration

A small amount of light pushes away the darkness! The light of the menorah carries the message that we must put our effort into bringing light into this world by increasing in love and kindness. During these times this message is more relevant than ever, we must bring more light into the world.

On the eighth night of Chanukah join us for Chinese Night and Can-Menorah Building featuring:

  • Chinese buffet
  • Building a giant Can-Menorah
  • Fun for the whole family

Date: Sunday, December 25th, 3pm
Where: Downtown Durham at Memorial Park
Cost: $15 Adult $10 Child
All are welcome!
Reservations REQUIRED | Register at JewishSeacoast.com/CanOrah


More about UNH & Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center
UNH & Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center is founded on the principle that while Jews embrace many levels of observance in their personal lives, there should be a place for all Jews with no labels or no affiliations. Join us to help develop a sense of community and enhance the experience of being Jewish. We have successfully catered to hundreds of students and families from all backgrounds, offering Jewish educational programming in an accepting and innovative setting where all feel welcome (regardless of affiliation or level of knowledge.) Our goal is to create a positive Jewish experience for everyone as they strengthen their ties to the Jewish community. Our sole purpose is to create a warm welcoming environment to explore and experience our heritage in a non-judgmental and inviting atmosphere.

UNH & Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center is the heart of Jewish life where everyone is family – offering social, educational & spiritual programming.


UNH & Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center
72-1 Main Street
Durham, NH 03823

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