Happy Hanukkah! This evening at sundown marks the beginning of an eight-day winter “festival of lights.” Hanukkah, also spelled Chaukah, commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying Greek armies. In celebration of this triumph, the “Maccabees” (the rebels, led by Judas Maccabeus who overtook the Temple of Jerusalem) cleansed and rededicated the Temple. According to history, they only had enough consecrated oil to re-light the candelabra for one day. Miraculously, it remained light eight days.
To celebrate this joyous occasion, those of Jewish faith light the Chanukiah, or menorah, each night for eight nights. The ninth candle, the shammes, is used to light the other candles.
Disney Hanukkah Celebration Ideas
In celebration of Hanukkah, I’ve put together a list of Disney Hanukkah crafts and merchandise that will add some major magic to your festivities! These ideas are great not only for families, but are also a fun way to teach about Hanukkah in school!
Printable Disney Menorah
I love this printable Disney Menorah because you can print one out for each member of the family! Get the kids involved in the lighting of the menorah by having them glue a “Mickey flame” each evening. You could also put magnets on the back of each piece and keep this Disney menorah on a white board or refrigerator. I would suggest using a heavy paper, like a white card stock, but regular computer paper will work as well!
Disney Hanukkah Place Cards
If you’re having a sit down dinner, or even just want to add a little something to your usual family dinner during Hanukkah, print out these Disney Hanukkah Place Cards that are available from Disney Family. There are six cards and they can be easily printed on computer paper.
Mickey Mouse Hanukkah Candy Box
I love this Mickey Mouse Hanukkah Candy Box especially during a year when we’ll be doing lots of “drop-offs” at door steps. How cute it this to fill with a loved one’s favorite sweet treats and have waiting at their door step?
Mickey & Friends Dreidel
Dreidel is a traditional Hanukkah game that the whole family can take part in! Print, cut, and fold this Mickey and Friends Disney Dreidel to use on one of the night of Hanukkah! This is also a great piece to use when teaching children about Hanukkah traditions.
Disney Hanukkah Card
If you aren’t able to spend the holidays together this year, why not send a Happy Hanukkah card to your Disney-loving-family-and-friends? These Sorcerer Mickey Mouse Hanukkah Cards will remind those in your life that you’re thinking about them during this time of the year!
If you are celebrating Hanukkah with some added Disney magic, let me know below what you’re doing!