With Hanukkah falling during winter break this year, many Jews, including my own family, will spend at least part of the holiday in a hotel. It's never quite as cozy as celebrating at home, but with a little planning and effort, Hanukkah in a new city can be rewarding and memorable. Here are some of my thoughts and tips about how to enjoy Hanukkah when you are traveling.
Light the Menorah
If you think you'll travel during Hanukkah in future years, it's worthwhile to invest in a small travel menorah. Look for one that uses birthday candles, like this travel menorah
Give Travel-Friendly Gifts
- This SE Mini 45X Brass Microscope w/ Illuminator is small enough to fit in a four-year-old's pocket, and it's the perfect thing to explore any environment in more detail. It's especially great if you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors, in lines, or anywhere that your kid might need an easy activity. Plus it's just over $4!
- Art supplies are always a popular gift in my family, and travel well. I just love this , Faber-Castell Air Dry Glitter Dough Note that it needs to go in your checked baggage though - playdough and airport security don't mix! These Watercolor Pencils are great because your kids can draw with them dry in the car or on a plane, and then paint over them with water in the hotel room. Don't forget to pack a notebook or pad of paper!
- A Hanukkah Craft set? Yes please! Here's a cute Glitter Hanukkah Stickers , or a full craft set Hanukkah Craft Set. Our family made the trek to Target this year to pick out some of their great kits (they're out of stock online, but you may be able to find one in your local store)!
- Playmobil sets are a sure hit in our family. Ideally, I choose a set that fits in with the theme of our holiday. For example, the Playmobil Child with Seals for a trip to the beach.
- Want more? Any of the travel toys in my product guide would make a great gift.
Find Local Celebrations
Eat a latke
P.S. I've got a whole collection of Hanukkah inspiration on Pinterest. You don't need to be a member to check it out. Hanukkah Pinterest Board
Reader Question: What tips do you have for celebrating holidays when you travel?