Hanukkah Family Festival

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Hanukkah Family Festival

Celebrating Our Light

Sunday, December 13, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

About the Program

The light of hope, courage, and perseverance that burns in each of us makes it possible to achieve amazing things together. At this year’s Hanukkah Family Festival, celebrate with music, dance, art making, storytelling, and a host of other family-friendly activities that explore this theme and more. Families of all backgrounds welcome!

Music and Dance

Noah Shalom and Brendan Brandt
Sing along to Hanukkah tunes and other songs about light and courage with this roving, guitar-playing duo, performing at various times and locations throughout the day!

Bazaar Ensemble
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the Los Angeles–based Bazaar Ensemble blend Sephardic and Middle Eastern melodies with jazz, funk, and soul to create fresh, universally danceable music.

S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi
12:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Join the fun with S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi, a female West African dance and drumming collective, showcasing rhythmic performances, energetic traditional songs, and participatory dance breaks.

Lisa Loeb
1:00 and 3:15 p.m.
Grammy-nominated pop star Lisa Loeb delights a new generation of music fans with a mix of zany sing-alongs and Hanukkah songs.

Family Finale
3:15–4:00 p.m.
Cap off the day with the grand finale celebration! Singer Lisa Loeb lights up the stage, and members of the internationally acclaimed Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles perform moving songs of celebration, resilience, and hope.

Art Activities

Design your own badge of courage and create a “flame” to illuminate a giant communal Hanukkah lamp! Both created by artist Amy Johnson, these inspiring drop-in workshops celebrate courage and collaboration.


Gather ’round as one of our talented Skirball storytellers brings to life the Hanukkah tale in an intimate setting.

In the Galleries

Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™
Limited one-hour tickets for Noah’s Ark are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Look for special holiday-related family activities taking place in Visions and Values throughout the day. The exhibitions A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World, Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, and Citizen 13660: The Art of Miné Okubo, each of which touch on the light of hope, courage, and resilience, will also be open.

Dining and Shopping

Enjoy Zeidler’s Café’s popular lunch menu including special Hanukkah dishes such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). Zeidler’s Cart will also be open throughout the festival, offering holiday treats and its usual fare of fresh salads and sandwiches. Pick up unique holiday merchandise at Audrey’s Museum Store.