Last updated November 28th 2021

Hanukkah is one of the most fun holidays in the Jewish calendar. Israelis celebrate with eight days of parties, candle-lightings, meetups, and of course donuts (sufganiyot in local lingo). Carry on reading our guide for all the best events during the eight days of Hanukkah (some related to Hanukkah, some not), plus of course our guide to the Best Donuts in Tel Aviv!


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You can find AMAZING and very different donuts across Tel Aviv, but to make the search easier, we went and tried out a few of the city’s trusted favorites to see if they have still got it for this year’s Hanukkah celebrations, click here to find out where are the best sufganiot in Tel Aviv.


Day 1 – Sunday 28/11

CANDLE LIGHTING – Light Up Tel Aviv with Chabad on the Coast @ Independence Park

You’re invited to Celebrate Chanukah together with friends and family at Gan Ha’atzmaut (The Independence Park) in Tel Aviv. Feel the warmth and joy of the Festival of Lights as we light the Menorah with live music, Maccabees performances, donuts, snacks for kids, and much much more! Starts at 4:30 pm with Live Music, Face Painting, and Children’s Maccabi Performance. 5:00 pm: Menorah Lighting with live music, dancing, donuts and snacks, Menorah giveaway. Read more.


TALKS – Pecha Kucha @ Habima (Sunday and Monday)

A night of creative inspiration! Pecha Kucha comes to Tel Aviv all the way from Tokyo to host the most interesting people and creations of the city. Next Monday and Tuesday, 9 exhibitors from all fields of art will give us a glimpse into their creative spaces and leave us wanting more. Gifted photographers, fashion designers, a voice in the local Ethiopian culture, Israel’s funniest and deepest comedian, 3D printing, illustrations, vegan designs, and a Toy Orchestra… The fascinating and unique evenings of art will bring together these creative minds on one stage! Read more.


LIVE MUSIC – Radio Baghdad @ Herzl 16

The Baghdad radio trio takes you to the place where sadness becomes joy and the classic dances with the folk. Iraqi music is a deep dive into the poetics of longing, love and heartbreak. Read more.


Day 2 – Monday 29/11

LIVE MUSIC – Alternative Hanukkah Festival @ Charles Bronfman Auditorium and Neve Tzedek (Monday till Wednesday)

The Alternative Jewish Festival offers a celebration of Hebrew Judaism, music and thought during three days on Hanukkah, between the synagogues of Neve Tzedek and the Hall of Culture in Tel Aviv. Read more.


LIVE MUSIC – Nigun Quartet @ Shablul Jazz Bar

Nigun is honored to return to the fabulous Shablul — one of Tel Aviv’s most prolific jazz clubs. Join us, sit back with a glass of wine, and let us take you on a journey to Hasidic jazz fusion land. Nigun is an original jazz ensemble that creates new Jewish-Israeli music, and crosses musical and social sectors. Nigun’s music is rhythmic, moving, catchy, and speaks to a wide array of listeners. Combining the melody’s simplicity with rhythmic and harmonious complexity creates a special and dreamy experience. Read more.


Day 3 – Tuesday 30/11

SHOPPING – Radical Pop Up Store @ Teder (Tuesday till Saturday)

For five days we are going to turn the space to the left of the entrance to the Romano house into a pop culture and nostalgia store, with special designer toys, bootlegs and original prints and lots of other pop culture products and collectibles from pops to home products! Read more.


MEETUP – League of Legends Israel Hanukkah Event @ LevelUp

Hey friends! We decided to organize a nice Hanukkah event for you in the format of previous events, so what’s our plan?
The Main competition carries a prize for first / second place. Random Winner Pick – Everyone who comes and registers enters the RP raffle. Read more.


LIVE MUSIC – Teddy Neguse @ Barby

Up and coming Israeli hip hop star Teddy Neguse is live at the Barby for a powerful show. Read more.


JERUSALEM – Musrara Mix Festival @ Musrara (Tuesday till Thursday)

The Musrara Mix International Art and Music Festival returns for the 21st year with a rich multidisciplinary international program that includes performance, video art, music performances, audiovisual works and a protest film program. The festival will take place from 30.11-2.12 (Tuesday-Thursday) between 19: 30-23: 00. Read more.


Day 4 – Wednesday 1/12

HANUKKAH PARTY – Hanukkah Party @ Kerem House

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. Join us at Kerem House for a holiday of light going late into the night! Read more.


PRIDE – The Winter Holidays Kiki Ball @ Neve Sha’anan

Get ready for the most unique, phenomenal phenomenon – Ballroom culture. Ballroom culture started in New York in the 60’s. It is a safe space that was especially made for and by those who felt unsafe and discriminated against in “the outside world” – in particular Black and Latin trans women who were the pioneers and founders of this culture. Ballroom is an underground scene where LGBTQ POC youth and adults are able to express themselves freely and compete for trophies and cash prizes. It has evolved and expanded over the years. These days ballroom is becoming more and more popular in mainstream and has spread to many different places around the globe, all the way to our little country. Read more.


LIVE MUSIC – Orphaned Land @ Reading 3

Israel’s most famous rock band are back in Tel Aviv! Read more.


LIVE MUSIC –  Amplifier Festival @ Einav Cultural Center (Wednesday till Friday)

Three days on the purity of guitar, indie and rock’n’roll. Read more.


CANDLE LIGHTING – Hanukkah Candle Lighting with MK Moshe Tur Paz @ Kerem House

Candle lighting with MK Moshe Tur-Paz of Yesh Atid. Come meet with our MK’s in person, talk about the issues that matter with other link minded people! About Moshe Tuz-Paz: Moshe (Kinley) Tur-Paz was born in the United States, grew up in Haifa and Jerusalem, and currently lives on Kibbutz Kfar Etzion in Gush Etzion. Read more.


KIDS – Children’s Film Festival @ Cinematheque (Wednesday till Sunday)

Hanukkah 2021 has arrived, and with it a children’s film celebration! The boys ‘and girls’ film festival is coming to a five-day cinematic celebration for the whole family! Dozens of films selected from around the world especially for young and curious eyes, creative workshops that invite a first and guided experience in filmmaking, activities for the little ones, and a holiday atmosphere, lights and donuts. At the center of this year’s festival program – the message to children: you are the heroes on the screen. Read more.


KIDS – Collectible Toy Fair @ Dizengoff Center

Get loads of Myst toys and other collectibles at this Hanukkah Fair at the Dizengoff Center. Read more.


Day 5 – Thursday 2/12

PARTY – Grateful Dead Winter Party @ Abraham Hostel

It’s on, Hooray! Our ninth winter party is taking off and this time is landing at Avraham Hostel – Tel Aviv. Imagine, a bright and trippy hostel in the center of Tel Aviv, get in the elevator, get out on the 3rd floor, and just a few meters separate you from the colorful and happy dance floor of winter party number 9. For one unique and special night, the hostel’s guests are Deadhead’s from all over the country, and for one uplifting night, the ABRAHAM HOSTEL in the heart of Tel Aviv becomes the MARS HOTEL. Read more.


LIVE MUSIC – Sick Individuals Hanukkah Rave @ The Gate Club

Dutch DJs Sick Individuals will perform for the first time in the Holy Land on Thursday, December 2, and will conquer Tel Aviv in an exclusive and invested production that will include a colorful lineup that will combine several electronic genres. Read more.


PARTY – Katapult Rave @ Haoman 17

Catfult Music, proud to release for the first time In a modest and wild showcase, which will accurately and beautifully illustrate the twist in the plot in whose honor the group was formed. For a terrific local force in its quality, even 2 international names that just seeing their name on the graphics our hearts miss a beat. It is a day event full of all good things, colorful human energies in the plaza and the DJs and creators are the most on stage. 13 (!!!) hours of pulsating music that makes loud waves around the world, and will sweep you out of trouble far, far away. Read more.


Music Festival – Compassionate Sounds @ HaGra St.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For one evening, HaGra Street will be closed and host a variety of music performances that correspond with the neighborhood’s rich cultural history. Punk rock, North African music, Psychedelia, Iraqi music, Moroccan hip-hop, Yemeni music…  And all alongside pick-ups, workshops and booths throughout the festival! Read more.


Shopping – Vintage Me Up @ Prince

The miracle of Hanukkah has arrived.. A crazy 2-day fashion event with 14 vintage stores from all over the country in one dream location! 14 stalls with thousands of vintage items carefully selected for the event: Clothes for women and men in a wide selection of sizes, accessories and vintage for home design. Come and enjoy fine and quality fashion from Israel and the world from the 50s to the early 2000s, drinks, snacks and good music of all time! Read more.


Festival – Shapira Light Fest @ Shapira Cafe

A local produce fair in honor of Hanukkah! Homemade art, food for Hanukkah, and second-hand clothing will local musicians in the background! Trams – bass – keyboards – vocals – wind instruments – and any instrument you bring! MASOK will bless us with a performance alongside painting workshops and a DJ party to end the night. Read more.


Party – Superpitcher @ Mondo 2000

Nostalgic acid house, up-to-date techno minimal, melancholy arrangements, multicultural mix… Challenging and unflattering, from the days when electronic music was about breaking boundaries and not wanting an audience with the same stanza, check out the best experimental DJs in the scene! Read more.


Day 6 – Friday 3/12

OUTSIDE TEL AVIV – The Tiny Apple Swing Festival @ Bethlehem of Galilee (North Israel) (Friday to Saturday)

We are super excited to invite you to the first edition of the TINY APPLE -A boutique swing festival! We have a beautiful venue, Solo & Lindy Hop classes, AMAZING teachers, and a band that will make you swing out until your last breath. The Tiny Apple is a camp-based festival and we will offer meals and sleeping arrangements for the night. Read more.


OUTSIDE TEL AVIV – Explore Hanuka Shabbaton @ Green Camping on the River (North Israel) (Friday to Saturday)

Explore the North Shabbaton in the Beautiful Hula Valley. Join us for a Friday of live music followed by a Shabbat of friends, food and fun! Read more.


Meetup – First Friday Chanukah @ YJP

First Friday Hanukkah Edition, cocktails followed by dinner with hosts! You’re invited to join young Olim and Sabras for a perfect winter cocktail happy hour, followed by holiday dinner with hosts. Whether your family is near or far, we’re here to fill the night with holiday love, and light. It’s our shabbat with a twist, Hanukkah edition. Let’s enjoy celebrating the festival of lights together! Read more.

Meetup – Hanukkah and Shabbat Dinner @ Ben Yehuda 86

Join the Communities of Ichud Shivat Zion and the North Central Synagogue in lighting up Ben Yehudah street on Shabbat Hanukkah/Rosh Chodesh!! The communities will be holding a joint festive Friday Night Meal in the Ichud Shivat Zion hall (6th night of Hanukka) at 18:00. Read more.


Day 7 – Saturday 4/12

TALKS – Hanukkah Sketchfest @ Beit Alfa Theater

Welcome to The Stage’s First Annual Sketchfest! This is a multiweek festival of sketch comedy that will celebrate, write, and perform sketch comedy. Read more.


Meetup – Keep Olim Mingle @ TAIS

Outside in the Courtyard of Tel Aviv International Synagogue, get some free wine, beer, cheese, gourmet cakes, music and take part in the Hanukkah lighting ceremony! And the best part, all with fellow Olim 35+ like yourself! The event is strictly kosher… Read more.


Live Music – Get Down @ Teder

The formation of a new Color Red Records Israel – part of a label that will be bringing Eddie Roberts for a tour to Israel culminating in a huge party with new label signees The Hoodna Orchestra @ Teder. All events are free! Read more.


Day 8 – Sunday 5/12

HANUKKAH PARTY – Save a Child’s Heart Tel Aviv Hanukkah Party @ Haiku Skybar

You’re invited on the last night of candle lighting to join fellow young professionals and party with breathtaking views of the city at the exclusive Haiku Sky Bar.✨ Music all night by DJ BrainDeaD and DJ Barel.🎶 All ticket proceeds will go towards three life-saving heart procedures for children with heart disease through Save a Child’s Heart. Read more.


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