Light Up Your Hanukkah

By Michael Berick

Make Hanukkah memories at the Skirball Dec. 14. PHOTO BY BEBE JACOBS

Make Hanukkah memories at the Skirball Dec. 14. PHOTO BY BEBE JACOBS

This year, Hanukkah (or, if you prefer, Chanukah) commences on the evening of Dec. 16. There are a number of events in Southern California that commemorate this eight-day celebration.

Popular children’s musician Doda Mollie, the woman behind the popular Chanukah Pajamikah CD, visits Children’s Book World (10580½ Pico Blvd., L.A.; www.childrensbookworld.com) at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 for a free “mini-pajamikah” party that includes holiday songs and stories for the whole family.

The Hanukkah Family Festival at The Skirball (2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; www.skirball.org) is entitled “Luz y Libertad.” The celebration brings looks at two important Hanukkah themes – light and freedom – through a Latin American lens. Activities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14 will include storytelling and live performances from Moshav, Mariachi Guadalajara and Pasatono Orquesta. $10 adults, $5 ages 2-12.

The Zimmer Children’s Museum (6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, L.A.; www.zimmermuseum.org) also hosts its Hanukkah Festival Dec. 14, at 12:30 p.m. Musician Addie Lupert will perform, and families can brighten up their holiday season with some light-themed activities. $7, free for children under 1.

Third and Fairfax will be lit up for Hanukkah on Dec. 21 when the Farmers Market (www.farmersmarketla.com) throws its annual Hanukkah celebration from 2:30-5 p.m. Families can enjoy latkes, dreidels, music and a ceremonial candle lighting, and help construct a giant menorah out of balloons. Free.

On Dec. 22, Klezmatics-mania takes over Disney Hall (111 S Grand Ave., L.A.; www.laphil.org). The Grammy-winning group The Klezmatics will celebrate Hanukkah with an 8 p.m. performance serving up spirited holiday music that draws on a rich array of influences. $42-$105 adults, $21-$57.50 children.

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