It’s one of the Jewish community’s best-loved Boston events: Chanukah in the City, presented by Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, and PJ Library. The sixth annual bash happens on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Back Bay Events Center.

It’s a family-friendly smorgasbord for ages 12 and under, with more activities than ever before. There are two age-themed rooms, one for kids under 6 and another for kids up to 12.

Various Jewish day schools will run programming. Kids can drop colored pompoms through a menorah in a “Hues of Hanukkah” color-sorting project from Chabad of Boston and stuff and sew cute potato latkes (fabric, non-edible!) with Solomon Schecter Day School.

The Rashi School will offer social justice programming for older kids, such as a candle-lighting activity with a written set of kavanot—”intentions.”


“How can we make life and the world around us less of a ‘dark’ place? At Chanukah in the City, we will run an interactive activity that asks, ‘Could we incorporate behaviors and events to illuminate darkness through loving-kindness?’ We hope that we will help families think how they can act in ways that are more helpful, appreciative and considerate of the people in their community,” says Rashi’s Adrien Khelemsky.

Meanwhile, Epstein Hillel will help kids create light-up menorahs in a STEM paper circuit activity.

“I chose a STEM activity because that’s a huge component of an EHS education, and it isn’t something most parents could put together at home. I will tell you no more. You’ll have to come to the table to see!” says Epstein Hillel’s Jen Goldberg.

The Jewish Community Day School, meanwhile, will provide a light-up Hanukkah card activity using copper wire tape and batteries. And the JCC Discovery Club will help kids engineer dreidels using toothpicks.

It’s not all hard work: Kids can also rock out to music from Josh and the Jamtones, who perform at 10 a.m., and feast at a make-your-own latke bar.

Tickets are $18 per family in advance and $25 at the door. Find tickets here.