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Hanukkah events for 20s and 30s in NYC

Updated: Dec 18, 2022

The holidays are almost here, meaning it's events season. Hanukkah is right around Christmas, which always makes the month more festive. There's a lot going on from comedy shows to holiday parties. Check out our curated list of events that we will keep updating! We're so excited to celebrate everything! And look out for a casual happy hour on the 29th that I'm hosting!

Saturday, Dec. 17 | Brooklyn Jews Hanukkah Party 2022 Shmaltz Brewing Co. RELAUNCH PARTY

8 pm

Park Slope, Brooklyn


After years of appropriately pared down pandemic Hanukkah parties, this year Brooklyn Jews is doing Hanukkah right. On Saturday, December 17, we’re taking over the top floor of the Union Temple House for a Jewy dance party that you don’t want to miss. We’ve got live music lined up with more special guests to come. Plus an open bar and abundant fried food (no more running out of latkes after twenty minutes).

We're so excited to welcome SHMALTZ BREWING CO. as they relaunch their historic Jewish beer brand. Beer sponsored by Shmaltz, featuring a special Hanukkah brew. He'Brew was a staple of the Jewy beer scene in the early 2000s and it is a mekhaye to see them return to the scene with an injection of rabbinic wisdom and enthusiasm.

We're also thrilled that Nolita Minyan will be joining us. Nolita is the fastest growing trad/egal minyan this side of the Gowanus and they are also famously, notoriously, fleish egal. We're also cosponsored by @oldjewishmen, our partners in crime for all kinds of weirdo Jewy events. If you haven't yet followed them on Instagram, do so NOW!

Saturday, Dec. 17 | YP Gala Committee Hannukah Mascarade Party

10 pm

The Delancey, LES


The Young Professionals Gala Committee is hosting a Hanukkah Masquerade Party on Saturday night, December 17th! The party will be hosted at the DL Private Rooftop and starts at 10PM until 4AM. Get ready to dance the night away and meet your special someone! Cocktail attire is recommended, and masquerades will be handed out at the front. This is a private event and proceeds will be distributed to pay for expenses and raise money to help “Grilling for the IDF,” ( As some members of the Gala Committee served, they know the importance of being there for our soldiers and making them feel loved from afar.

Sunday, Dec. 18 | Amazing Donut Race

10 am to 12 pm

Various locations


You and your team of Maccabees have two hours to run, walk, or ride around NYC on this Hanukkah donut crawl challenge, trying the city’s best donuts and collecting points!! Plan your route wisely because every shop has a point value and bonus points will be awarded for completing various challenges during the hunt. Meet up afterwards when our panel of celebrity judges will award team prizes for:

• Most Points Earned - The Amazing Donut Race Champions

• Most Creative Photo

• Most Festive Hanukkah Team Attire

• Judge Favorite

...and more!

Sunday, Dec. 18 | A Hanukkah Carol

8 pm

Hell's Kitchen, The Green Room NYC


Narcissistic millennial influencer Chava Kanipshin (known to her followers as ”Queen Vava”) is obsessed with her social media empire... so much so that she has no time or energy for the real world, for actual friendships, or —least of all—for Hanukkah with her family. That is, until she is transported on an unforgettable trip that compels her to rethink everything... a trip led by Spirits of the Past, Present, and Future. Think you know this story? Think again! Irreverent playwright Harrison Bryan teams with composer Aaron Kenny and lyricist Rob Berliner to subvert— and convert—Dickens's holiday classic.

Sunday, Dec. 18 | Nash Dom Gala Hanukah Party! Light up the night!

Upper East Side

5:30 pm


Nothing shines brighter than the Hanukah miracle of lights! We promise a celebration that's sweet, fun, and welcoming. The Nash Dom Hanukah event will have age-appropriate entertainment for adults, and young professionals, with a separate & exciting celebration for kids (in our events tab)!

Sunday, Dec. 18 | House of Yes Hanukkah

10 pm - 4 am

Bushwick, House of Yes

Come celebrate the festival of lights at House Of Yes!

We're ringing in the first night of Hanukkah with a special candle-lighting ceremony, live performances, aerial spectacles, latkes galore, and dancing! Be a mensch and bring your best holiday-appropriate look for gelt. Join us as we cram eight nights of debauchery into one spectacularly fabulous event!

Hosted by Rebbetzin Aviva V aka Madame Vivien V

With special performances TBA!

~ Presented by David Kiss and House of Yes ~

: : : FEATURING : : :

Candle Lighting

DJs & Dancing

Latkas & Jelly Donuts

Performance spectacles

Monday, Dec. 19 | Young Jewish Professionals Annual Chanukah Celebration of Mentorship

6 pm

Midtown Manhattan


Join YJP on its annual Chanukah Social, where we will welcome a selected group of our mentors and rising stars. The evening will be a night to celebrate the festival of lights, create new friendships and mentorships, and reconnect with old ones. We will be lighting the Menorah followed by an exclusive celebration with food, drinks, and community.

- Premium bites

- Chanukah Treats

- Premium cocktail and open Bar

- Dress code: Cocktail

** Limited spots are available.

Dietary Laws Observed. This event is included for the following member chapters.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 | Kosha Dillz and Friends at Time Out Market

6 pm

Dumbo, Brooklyn


MTV Wild’N Out Rapper Kosha Dillz will be hosting a Hanukah / Holiday concert at TOMNY starting at 6 pm

Performances and Special Guests include:

DJ J-Ronin

Richard Pigkaso

@nahscha Nahscha

Emily Keating

Tuesday, Dec. 20 | The Brownstone Chanukah Party

7 to 11:30 pm

East Village


We are an oasis in the Big City, a place to experience New York City from a Jewish perspective and meet like-minded Jewish millennials — no pressure, just opportunity.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 | Chanukah Comedy Show

7 pm

Basil Pizza, Crown Heights


Chanukah Comedy show with New York's top comedians! Featuring Mikey Greenblatt and Chani Lisbon.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 | Oy Gevalt Comedy Night: Holiday edition at JCC

7-8 pm

JCC, Upper West Side


Too many sufganiyot? Winter vacation anxiety? Can't remember how many candles we light tonight? Laugh, unwind, and forget about the craziness of the holiday season for an hour. Starring comedians Lenny Marcus and Zarna Garg; hosted by Ashley Austin Morris.

Lenny Marcus has performed as a stand-up comedian at major comedy clubs in New York City for more than 20 years. He’s also appeared on many late-night shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show With David Letterman.

Zarna Garg is one in a billion, an Indian immigrant mom stand-up comedian who believes brown women everywhere have a right to laugh at anything and anyone they want. She is a regular at the iconic Comedy Cellar and Carolines on Broadway in NYC, has performed in Vegas and the famed Kennedy Center, and is touring nationwide.

Ashley Austin Morris is an American comedian, playwright, stage, television, and film actress. She also performs stand-up comedy in New York City.

Thursday, Dec. 22 | Get lit, bitch - Hey Alma comedy show

6:30 doors | 7 pm show

Caveat, Lower East Side


On Hanukkah, Jews come together to light the menorah, play dreidel and reflect on the miracle that happened to our people. That miracle? To put it simply: They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat. But why not add some laughter in there, too?!

Join Hey Alma, your favorite feminist Jewish culture site, for “Get Lit, Bitch: A Hanukkah Comedy Show.” It’ll be an evening of Jewy stand-up comedy with Jared Goldstein (Comedy Central), Benny Feldman (Just for Laughs), Sami Schwaeber (NY Comedy Festival) and Jenny Gorelick (Comedy Central) hosted by Hey Alma’s Evelyn Frick.

Thursday, Dec. 22 | Matisyahu Festival of Lights Concert

6 pm doors, 8 pm show

Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl


Open to all ages!

Friday, Dec. 22 | Light Up NYC with Chabad Young Professionals

250 Fifth Ave


Chanukah Party & Menorah Lighting at 230 5th Ave

• Open Bar • Sushi Station • Latkes • Artisanal Donuts

Email or DM @jewsindoodles for a discount code!

Thursday, Dec. 22 | JCC 20s 30s Hanukkah Party

7-10 pm



Celebrate the festival of lights with 20s + 30s at the JCC at our annual Chanukah party, cosponsored by Moishe House Upper West Side and Moishe House Lower Manhattan! Featuring an open bar, DJ, photo booth, and delicious Chanukah treats including latkes and sufganiyot. See you at the most *lit* party of the year

Friday, Dec. 23 | Chinese Friday Night Dinner with Kii


LES, Kii Hub


Join us for an awesome Jewish style, Chinese, X-Mas dinner!! It's a "Jewish tradition" to have Chinese food around this time of year, let's embrace it! Great Chinese food, wine, and company at a deluxe Friday Nite Dinner! It's going to be a great evening - you don't want to miss this! For ages 22-32.

Saturday, Dec. 24 | Joel Chasnoff: Christmas Eve for the Jews

6 pm doors, 8 pm start

City Winery, Chelsea


City Winery presents Joel Chasnoff: Christmas Eve for the Jews on on December 24 at 8 PM. Joining Joel at this year's show are comedians Talia Reese and Eli Lebowicz!

Christmas Eve comedy at City Winery is back! After a two-year hiatus, Joel Chasnoff, producer and longtime host of “Christmas Eve For the Jews,” returns to City Winery New York.

Unlike years past, where Joel hosted a line-up of local comedians, Joel will be performing his own hour-long stand-up set.

That’s right—Joel is headlining his own show!

Passover candy sales, El Al security guards, his short-lived stint on the Solomon Schechter basketball team and his year as a tank gunner in the Israeli army…

If you’re a fan of Joel’s often absurd, always insightful take on Jewish life, this is the show for you!

Saturday, Dec. 24 | FilterOff Rooftop Hanukkah Party: DJs + Dancing

6 pm

Chelsea, Somewhere Nowhere

join JSS, Sarah Haskell, and Filteroff Dec 24th for the Hanukah party to end all Hanukkah parties! because we’ve decked the halls with more than just boughs of holly we’ve booked some of the best DJs in NYC to spin all night long!

Saturday, Dec. 24 | Merry Shtickmas, A Jewish Christmas Eve Comedy Show

7 pm and 9:30 pm

The Comic Strip, Upper East Side


Join us for Merry Schtickmas: A Jewish Christmas Eve stand-up comedy show at the World Famous Comic Strip Live! Come celebrate "Jewish Christmas Eve" with some of the best acts in the city. This event sells out every year, so book in advance.

Saturday, Dec. 24 | Meet Jew Hanukkah Ball

10 pm

5th & Mad, midtown


Saturday, Dec. 24 | Matzo Ball

10 pm to 4 am

Habor NYC, Hell's Kitchen


MatzoBall, the nations #1 holiday party is back and coming to NYC. Nobody can do it bigger or better than Matzoball and this year will prove to be no different. Matzoball sets the stage for the ultimate party experience that you do not want to miss out on!!

Come see why USA Today dubs it “The Number 1 Holiday Party of the Year”!

Saturday, Dec. 24 | The Night Before Christmas with Temple Emanu-El

8:00-11:30 pm

Tao Downtown, Lower Manhattan


Get your reindeers in order! You know it’s time to celebrate when Christmas Eve and Hanukkah overlap on a Saturday night! Register early today for our inaugural Night Before Christmas party at Tao Downtown. Come start your Saturday night with all-you-can-eat Asian food, unlimited premium open bar, music, dancing, fun holiday celebrations and much more. Get tickets here!

Tuesday, Dec. 27 | Major League Dreidel Tournament and Comedy Show

7 pm

Williamsburg, Room N Boards

At 7pm, MAJOR LEAGUE DREIDEL is in the house, and you'll have a chance to spin for gelt and glory!

Please join us for a funny and festive HOLE-IDAY night @roomnboards and grab a few more chuckles in 2022.

Major League Dreidel Spin-Off: 7:00pm

Free Comedy Show: 8:00pm

Cornhole with Comedians: After the show

Address: 132 Havemeyer Street

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Host: Garri Madera


•Shosh Brodman – Hound Dog Comedy

•Nate Fridson – MTV

•Mae Casem – Philly’s Phunniest

•Divya Gunasekaran – NY Comedy Fest

•Chris Scopo – Sirius XM

& Special Guests

Thursday, Dec. 29 | Moshav Israeli/American Rock Group in Brooklyn

7 pm doors | 8:30 pm show

Bushwick, Brooklyn Made


Internationally acclaimed American/Israeli rock group Moshav began when childhood friends Yehuda (vocals, percussion) and Duvid (vocals, guitar) made music together on Moshav Mevo Modiin in Israel. Continuously touring across the United States and the world, including festivals in Australia, Canada and Europe, Moshav built a large following. After releasing and selling close to 50,000 of their self produced albums- the band eventually caught the eye of producer Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Guster, Barenaked Ladies). Together they recorded the album, Misplaced in 2006. They teamed up once again with Ron Aniello and Clif Norrell (R.E.M., Jeff Buckley, Sting) in 2010 to create their album- Dancing in a Dangerous World. The deluxe version of ‘New Sun Rising’ was also recently released and features their smash single, “World on Fire” featuring Matisyahu. To celebrate the release of the record, Moshav joined Alex Clare on tour and continued to perform throughout the USA and the world. The music video for “World On Fire” has been viewed over a million times.

Thursday, Dec. 29 | Jews Here For the Holidays? NYC Happy Hour

6 pm

Upper East Side


Hang out with other Jewish young professionals who stayed in NYC during the holidays to celebrate the end of the year and meet new people!

- First drink on us before 7

- Fun (optional) conversation starters

- Stay til the end for cake, because why not?!

Presented by Trybal Gatherings and Danielle Brody of Jews in Doodles (me!)

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