However you spell it, there are Hanukkah celebrations in Los Angeles that range from simple community gatherings to elaborate public exhibitions. The dates for Hanukkah for 2012 are December 8-16.
The Hanukkah festival at the Skirball, this year themed Americana Hanukkah—A Celebration of Freedom will include Americana music and dance, hands-on arts and crafts and tasty Hanukkah treats. Included with museum admission. Families of all backgrounds are welcome.
When: Sunday, December 2, 2012, 11:00 am - 4 pm
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Cost: $10 General; $7 Seniors 65+ and Full-Time Students; $5 children 2-12, Free for Children under 2 (No coupons or discount admissions)
Parking: Free in the North Lot structure
Metro: Metro Rapid Bus #761
The Montage Beverly Hills will light their Menorah every evening of Hanukkah from December 8-16 at 5:00 pm, but there's no celebration involved, just the candle lighting.
A community event featuring stage performances, children's games and crafts, gift boutiques, family portraits.
When: Sunday, Dec 9, 2012, 10 am - 3 pm
Where: Silverlake JCCC, 1110 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (entrance on Effie)
Cost: Check website
Nightly Menorah lighting ceremonies with community representatives on the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
When: Dec 8-16, 2012 at Sundown
Where: Center Court, 1300 block of the 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
Parking: 2 hours free at nearby lots before 6 pm, Promenade Parking Info
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Southern California's largest menorah will be lit at CityWalk's Cinema Plaza with accompanying festivities.
When: December 9, 2012, 6 pm
Where: Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Parking: $10 general after 3 pm, $20 preferred, Valet available
Metro: Red Line to Universal City
Info: www.citywalkhollywood.com, www.chabadofthevalley.com
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The annual Hanukkah Celebration at the Farmer's Market includes children's craft workshops, holiday foods, music and a Menorah Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 pm.
When: Dec 9, 2012, 2:30 - 5 pm
Where: Farmer's Market Plaza, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking: 2 hours free with validation/purchase, $3/hour thereafter, $2/20 minutes up to $20 w/o validation
Chanukah Game Night will be celebrated on December 13, 2012 at the Level 3 Center Court with fresh latkes and a falafel bar at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, December 15, 2012 the Outdoor 10-foot Menorah will be lit on the AMC Walkway at San Fernando Boulevard. There will be fresh hot latkes, music and a children's choir beginning at 8:00 pm.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted. With a $20 donation, guests will receive a CD. For info call (310) 557-1096 or visit www.kolsephardicchoir.com.
When: December 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm
Where: 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618