Hanukkah

Hanukkah Events & Celebrations in Marin

December 8, 2017

Hanukkah

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12, and runs through December 20. Families in Marin will find plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Festival of Light this season, with public menorah lightings and fun events featuring storytelling, games, delicious treats like latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), and more. Here's a rundown of family friendly Hanukkah celebrations and events in and around Marin and beyond this winter.

Celebrate the Season with Brandeis Marin

December 6, 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Brandeis Marin.

Are you looking for family-friendly winter fun during this holiday season? Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas (or both!) - check out the short list from your friends at Brandeis Marin!

Sunday, December 10: The Festival of Lights

11:30 am-2 pm at Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
The JCC puts on a great party at this annual FREE event - and this year promises even more fun with a glow in the dark dance party! Enjoy live music from the Brandeis Marin Chorus and Bands, indulge in latkes, pose in the photo booth, listen to stories, get your face painted, build maker-lab menorahs at the Brandeis Marin table, and shop for books at the Brandeis Marin Book Bazaar!

Holiday Family Fun in San Francisco

November 25, 2017

Union Square Ice Rink
Photo: Union Square Ice Rink

When I was growing up, one of the highlights of my holiday season was a trip into San Francisco. It's something that I still love to do with my family, and there's so much fun to be had. Here are 6 ideas for festive family holiday fun in the city.

Marin and Bay Area Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Events 2017

November 17, 2017

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting

All across Marin and the Bay Area, communities celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a traditional tree lighting ceremony. Here's our list of tree and menorah lighting ceremonies and celebrations in Marin County, San Francisco, and Sonoma County. We'll be adding more events as the holidays near, so check back often!

  • Building Lighting Ceremony and Carnival
    Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
    Friday, November 17, 4–7 pm

    Four iconic buildings lit with 17,000 holiday lights, fireworks bursting in the sky, and a magical show presented by Disney on Ice. The Building Lighting Ceremony at Embarcadero Center is a San Francisco tradition and the official start of the holiday season in the City.  The festivities begin at 4 pm with a family fun carnival followed by the building lighting ceremony at 6 pm. Free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza
    Downtown Sonoma
    Saturday, November 18, 5–8 pm

    Experience Sonoma Valley and celebrate the fourth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza. Enjoy 8-acres of 100,000+ sparkling lights plus music and holiday treats! Free to the public and family friendly. Bring a picnic, including wine and beer! For more info, visit their website.

Magical Holiday Train Rides in the Bay Area and Northern California

October 29, 2017

Napa Valley Wine Train Santa Train
Photo: Napa Valley Wine Train

There's something magical about taking a special holiday outing with the family on a train! While the popular Polar Express train ride at the California State Railroad Museum sold out back at the beginning of October, you can still find plenty of other opportunities in the Bay Area and Northern California to celebrate the holidays on board a train, including the Polar Express Train Ride at Railtown 1897 in the Gold Country. But get your tickets as soon as you can—most of these rides will sell out.

Thanksgivukkah

November 20, 2013

Gracie's NightMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin children's librarian Lisa Katz, who highlights some fantastic Hanukkah books for kids.

On November 28, for the first time ever (although there is some dispute over this and some say it won’t happen again until 2070), Jews around the world will celebrate the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving together. Thus, Thanksgivukkah!! Have you heard of potato latkes with cranberry sauce and turkey? Or how about sweet potato latkes or cranberry applesauce?

Ok, let’s put food aside and talk some great books. There are some wonderful children books to help us celebrate the festival lights. Below is my list with some of my favorites as well as new books for this year. Those books with an asterisk are for families who celebrate both holidays.

Hanukkah Books in alphabetical order by author:

Our Candle by Eve Bunting
Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap by Deborah Cohen
Hanukkah Moon by Deborah da Costa
Papa’s Latkes by Michelle Edwards

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

November 27, 2012

Chanukah Lights EverywhereMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin children's librarian Lisa Katz, who highlights some fantastic Hanukkah books for kids.

While we are resting our bellies from a grateful evening of our delicious Thanksgiving meals, we now have to quickly switch gears and prepare for Hanukkah. With only a short time until the first candle is lit on the menorah (Saturday, December 8th), we must get ready for our holiday treats. It is time to get out those dreidels, chocolate gelt, menorahs and candles. Here are some fabulous Hanukah books to share with your family and friends. They make for some great presents too!

I have put asterisks next some wonderful stories for children who celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in their homes. I have also included a short poetry list as well as the PJ library list.

Special Offer on Holiday Photo Cards from Cardstore.com

November 21, 2008

Holiday photo card from cardstore.comThere's still plenty of time to order your family's personalized holiday photo cards. Cardstore.com, an online store where you can create your own custom photo cards and invitations, is offering Marin Mommies readers 20% off their total purchase with the coupon code NEWCS. This coupon code can be used as many times as you want, in case you need to re-order cards (I don't know about you, but we never seem to order enough and end up rationing the things like they were printed on gold foil or something).

We haven't used them yet, but they've been around since 1999 (forever in InterWeb years, so they're probably doing something right) and offer plenty of really spiffy looking cards. Here's the link: www.cardstore.com

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