5 Creative Ideas for Celebrating Hanukkah

With the arrival of winter comes the holiday season and a time of celebration.  It’s time for Chanukah… Hanukkah… Hannukah… Oy…  Let’s just call it the fun-filled Festival of Lights!

The Quick Guide to Hanukkah

Hanukkah, Chanukah

Infographic by Mike Wirth.

As you celebrate Hanukkah, there are so many ways to make the customs and traditions your own, personalizing them in a way that is unique to your family and loved ones.  Here are 5 of our favorite ideas!

1. Modern Menorahs

It just isn’t Hanukkah without the menorah. Jewish artists have created amazing options that are as traditional or modern as you would like them to be.

Butterfly Menorah

Butterfly Menorah

This butterfly menorah by David Gerstein is a fresh, whimsical design available at World of Judaica.

Hanukkah Ideas - Sports Theme Boy's Menorah Children will have extra fun lighting the menorah that embraces some of their favorite things. Traditions Jewish Gifts offers menorahs featuring a sports theme (pictured above), princess theme (pictured below), dance, cars and trains, animals and so much more!

Princess Menorah & Dreidel for Hanukkah Chanukah GiftsWedding Glass Judaica

Custom Menorah using Wedding Breaking Glass - Custom glass blown art

Looking for something creative to do with your wedding glass shards? Celebrate the holiday with a menorah custom made by Mazel Tov Glass to hold your wedding shards.  When the holiday is over, the art glass becomes a beautiful piece to display in the dining or living room.

Menorah made with wedding glass shards - Jewish Holiday Judaica & Gift IdeasHere’s another beautiful wedding glass menorah from Modern Tribe.

Bar & Bat Mitzvah, Wedding Venues & Vendors2. Fun with Dreidels



The traditional wooden dreidel is quickly being replaced by beautiful works of art.

Clockwise: Gary Rosenthal Modern Dreidel from Jewish Gift Place, K4 Glass Art Dreidels from Jewish Gift Place, Yair Emanuel Jerusalem & Western Wall Dreidle from World of Judaica, Sparkling Blue Dreidels from World of Judaica

3. Hanukkah Centerpieces

Glitter Dreidel CenterpiecesMake things fun and creative by including the kids in Hanukkah craft projects to decorate your home.  Glitter dreidel centerpieces (above) can add festive sparkle to your table.  You can find complete instructions on Martha Stewart.

4. Creative Desserts

"Color Me" Kosher Hanukkah Cookies - Holiday Kid Crafts IdeasGetting the kids to help in the kitchen is easy with Eleni’s special gift sets.  They will absolutely love “Color Me” Hanukkah cookies from Eleni’s New York. They supply the sugar cookies (a set comes with 12) with white frosting and edible ink pens. You supply the creative kids and adults and let them unleash their inner artist! This also makes for a fabulous host gift. Eleni’s baked goods are kosher and nut-free. Get the set here.

Hanukkah Chanukah Dessert TableA Chanukah theme dessert table is a fun and decorative idea.

Photo Credits: The Jewish Hostess (above) Hostess with the Mostess (below) Hanukkah Chanukah DessertsYou can stock it with tasty Judaica-themed treats – here are some of our favorites:

Chanukah Cake - Kosher Cakes for Jewish Holidays & Celebrations

A Happy Chanukah from Cake & Co, a custom kosher cake boutique in New Jersey.  We love the gelt trim!

Hanukkah Kosher CandyClockwise: Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks, Tiffany Blue Foil Chocolate Balls, Blue Whirly Pops, Hanukkah Symbol Lollipops, Chanukah Gelt (Gold Coins)

Hanukkah Chanukah Cookies, William Greenberg DessertsChanukah Cookies from William Greenberg Desserts.

5. Hanukkah Party Printables & Takeaways

Hanukkah & Chanukah PrintablesDownload free Hanukkah printables from Catch My Party, including a welcome sign, “Happy Hanukkah’ banners, cupcake toppers, invitations, gift bag circles & tags, mini candy bar & water bottle wrappers, silverware wrappers, menu cards, and a coloring sheet for kids.  Get Your Free Printables.

Jewish Chanukah Temporary Tattoos | Children & Kids Hanukkah IdeasOne more fun idea for your fashion-forward guests is metallic flash tattoos from Modern Tribe!  Choose from a mix of bracelets or armbands, word-art, and large Jewish icons in gold & silver.

We wish you and your family a Happy Hanukkah!  Chag Sameach!

Also Check Out:   8 Nights of Hanukkah Kids Crafts & Activities

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Written by Lonni Delane