With the holiday season upon us, the streets in Boston are filled with seasonal cheer, celebrations and more. We’ve gathered the top ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights this season in Boston and beyond. 


Grab a Cocktail at the Hanukkah Pop-Up Bar 

Starting in 2018, the Maccabee Bar was founded by award-winning bartender Naomi Levy. Designed for anyone and everyone who wants to experience a different side of the holiday, the Maccabbe Bar pop-up transforms its host locations into an immersive Hanukkah experience filled with festive décor, themed cocktails and traditional bites. 

This year’s pop-up, open now through December 31, is at Noir in Harvard Square Book your table today!

Reserve a Hanukkah Dinner at the Inn at Hastings 

Travel a bit outside of Boston proper to Town Meeting Bistro at the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington. From December 7-9 and 13-15 , you can sample a delicious menu of all your Hanukkah favorites. Choose from brisket with caramelized cipollini onions or pan-seared arctic char with saffron couscous, ending the meal with an upside-down noodle kugel. And don’t forget the latkes, with extra sour crème fraiche, please, and thanks. 

Come Together for an Evening of Art, Music and Activities at the Museum of Fine Arts 

Come together on December 7 for an evening of art, music, and activities in celebration of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Be among community, watch performances of music and dance from around the world, see a pop-up photography installation exploring Sephardic traditions, dine on Hanukkah treats, and immerse yourself in the diversity of Jewish culture and identity. The evening also celebrates  the MFA’s new exhibition Intentional Beauty: Jewish Ritual Art from the Collection ahead of its opening.

Experience a Chanukah Wonderland at the Revere Hotel 

Join the Revere Hotel Boston Common on Sunday, December 11 for its Chanukah Wonderland. Experience an interactive Chanukah storywalk, holiday crafts, entertainment, latkes and so much more for the entire family. We recommend purchasing tickets beforehand. 

Enjoy Menorah Lightings in Boston’s Neighborhoods 

It wouldn’t be a festival of lights here in Boston without some of our annual and new Menorah lightings throughout the city. Attend the 40th Annual Boston Common Menorah lighting on December 7 at 4:30 PM in Downtown Boston. You can visit Boston’s Seaport neighborhood on Sunday, December 10th for an event featuring a 9’ tall Menorah.