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Boston-area Hanukkah events for the family, Nov. 21 - Dec. 1

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  November 15, 2013 08:09 AM

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There's no end to the ways you can celebrate the joy of the Festival of Lights! This year, Hanukkah events for the whole family include story times, loads of crafts, music, performers, and, of course, food. We've rounded up a few locations in the Boston area where you can get your party started:

"Hanukkah Story Hour," Barnes & Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Thurs., Nov. 21, 11 a.m. Free. Newborns - age 5. Come meet Sammy The Spider and enjoy Hanukkah stories with puppets, crafts, a musical sing-along, and a special snack. www.barnesandnoble.com

"Menorah Candle Crafts," ArtBeat, 212-A Mass. Ave., Arlington. Sat., Nov. 23, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. & Sun., Nov. 24, noon - 5. $15 includes all materials. Ages 3 and up (younger children must be accompanied by adult). Use natural beeswax sheets to roll a 4” pillar candle or a set of 44 Menorah candles. www.artbeatonline.com

"Family Hanukkah Party," 50 Druce St., Boston. Sun., Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Suggested donation $10 per family. Ages 10 and under, accompanied by parent. Event starts with Hanukkah stories, followed by a latke lunch and concert of Jewish music around the world performed by members of the Guy Mendilow Ensemble. www.circleboston.org

Hanukkah Story Time, Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. Sun., Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m. Free. Ages 0-5. Hanukkah-themed stories, songs and crafts. www.getchai.com

"Hanukkah Hootenanny!" Temple Shalom, 475 Winthrop St., Medford. Sun., Nov. 24, noon - 2 p.m. Suggested donation $10 per family, plus donation of child's winter clothing for local shelters. Menorah-lighting ceremony, followed by children’s entertainment, music, arts and crafts, games, traditional potato latkes, a book fair, and more. www.templeshalommedford.org

"Curious Minds in Boston: A Hanukkah Miracle," the University Club, 426 Stuart St., Boston. Sun., Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. Registration required. All ages. Get your preschooler ready for Hanukkah with stories about the miracle of light and the importance of giving. Features interactive stories, songs and crafts. www.rashi.org

"Flip Over Hanukkah," Academy of Gymnastics, 808 West St., Stoughton. Sun., Dec. 1, 10 - 11:30 a.m. $15 per family/walk-ins an additional $5. All ages. Designed for families with children under 6. Jump, swing, climb, bounce and dance at this annual Hanukkah party where you’ll celebrate the joy and lights of the holiday. Sample Hanukkah treats, create a holiday masterpiece, and meet other local families. Bring clean, but outgrown winter coats to donate to children in need. www.bostonjcc.org

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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.
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