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Skirball Cultural Center

Hanukkah Festival

Kids and Families | Special Event

families playing

Photo by Mercie Ghimire

This is a past program

This program took place on
Sunday, December 18, 2022

About the Program

Make Hanukkah memories at the Skirball! Beloved klezmer rockers Mostly Kosher headline this year’s festival with support from Dublab DJ Callie Ryan and dance leaders Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez. Plus, the Skirball Storytellers bring the Hanukkah story to life with a theatrical performance featuring music and puppetry. 

Share a plate (or two) of latkes and jelly doughnuts, strike a pose in a holiday-themed photo booth, and light up the night with a handcrafted torch-making activity. At sundown, join your light with ours for a joyous community candle lighting. 

“We had fun dancing and singing as a family. The food was great and the storytelling puppet show was wonderful.”

Festival Schedule

Taper Courtyard

  • 2:00 and 3:45 pm—Music: DJ Callie Ryan
  • 2:00–4:45 pm—Art Workshop: Helper Torches (in Haas Conference Center)
  • 3:15 and 4:15 pm—Music and Dance: Mostly Kosher
  • 5:00 pm—Sunset Candle Lighting 

Founders Courtyard

  • 2:30 and 4:00 pm—Hanukkah Story

Murphy Foyer

  • 2:00–5:00 pm—Hanukkah photo booth

Visiting the Museum​

Three photos displaying upcoming exhibitions, from left to right is a spherical, quilted sculpture, a detail of a quilt, and an outdoor sign with the words 'I want to believe that bodies can be different without being threatening.'

Images from left to right: Virginia Jacobs (American, b. 1944), Krakow Kabuki Waltz, 1987. Cotton plain weave, pieced and quilted. Gift of the artist. Reproduced with permission. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Caron Tabb, Fabric of Humanity – Repairing My World (detail), 2020–present. Fabric, leather, yarn, thread, paper, ribbon, nylon, cardboard. 375.9 × 284.5 cm. Photo by Julia Featheringill; Installation view of Chloë Bass: Wayfinding. Photo by Michael Thomas, courtesy of Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Limited one-hour, timed-entry tickets to Fabric of a Nation will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticketholders also receive complimentary admission to WayfindingTogether for Good, and Visions and Values throughout the day.

Please note: Noah’s Ark and the Archaeology Dig will be closed for Hanukkah Festival. 

About Hanukkah

The eight-day celebration commemorates the rededication during the second century BCE of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend, Jews rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

Today, Jews around the world celebrate Hanukkah with a nightly menorah (hanukkiah) lighting, special songs, and fried foods—gathering with family and friends to share traditions and make new memories.

Watch Videos

Skirball Hanukkah: Mostly Kosher

Get a taste for Mostly Kosher's klezmer beats with this video filmed at the Skirball in 2020.

Hanukkah Family Festival at the Skirball

Learn more about Hanukkah Festival at the Skirball.


Art Making at Home

Visit the Family Art Activities page to find fun projects inspired by Hanukkah traditions, like making a Paper Dreidel or assembling a Treasure Hunt Hanukkiah.

Get Creative!

Holiday Shopping

Get ready for Hanukkah with unique gifts, home goods, books, and more from Audrey’s Museum Store.

Shop the Museum Store

Mother holding young daughter dancing and smiling outside during a festival

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