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.