South Florida has a thriving Jewish community, so you’ll never lack for Hanukkah festivities here. If you live in the area, or you’re heading south to spend the holiday with your family, these activities will keep the whole tribe pleased.
For the Whole Family: Chanuka On Ice – Dec. 16
Bundle up and spend the first night of Hanukkah with the Florida Panthers. Before the game, you’ll be noshing on kosher snacks while watching the little ones get their faces painted. Cheer on the Panthers as they battle the Washington Capitals, and then at the first intermission, everything comes to a halt for Chanuka on Ice. The annual ceremony will warm your heart: The entire arena stands in rapt attention as a giant menorah is lit in the center of the icy rink. Stick around after the game to be serenaded by a concert in Hebrew.
For the Extended Family: The Tribe’s Annual Vodka Latke – Dec. 18
Dance and sip vodka in the arts district at Vodka Latke, an annual Hanukkah party from The Tribe, a Jewish social club. This year’s party is taking place at the LMNT warehouse in Wynwood. The art gallery/recording studio holds huge parties, so if you lose your cousins in the crowd, look for them at the ice bar, where they’ll be ordering complimentary Ketel One cocktails. Expect to munch on more latkes than you can imagine – thousands of them, just like your bubbie makes, will be up for grabs.
For Siblings and Besties: Blackbird Ordinary’s Jewbilee – Dec. 24
Catch up with the ones you love at Blackbird Ordinary’s Jewbilee. Snag an intimate, leather booth at this indoor-outdoor DJ’d party and sip on free Manischewitz: the kosher wine that has graced your family’s table for as long as you remember. As you gather around the dimly lit bar and catch up, the nostalgic experience will leave you content and eager to plan a get-together next year for Hanukkah festivities in Miami.