Hanukkah /Chanukah party games are meant for all
ages. Here is a list of Hanukkah party games that will pump up
excitement in your Hanukkah party.
Hanukkah Party Games
Games Hanukkah party is a fun-filled event with a
tinge of devotion. During Hanukkah party, various activities and games
are arranged to keep up the holiday spirit in the guests. Hanukkah party
games pump up all the excitement in Hanukkah parties. Majority of the
Chanukkah party games is meant for all ages. The "dreidel game"
is one of the most popular Hanukkah party games without which the
celebrations are considered incomplete. Check out this list of popular
Hanukkah party games.
Dreidel game: Let us start with the Hanukkah's very own game-
the "dreidel game." It is a kind of gambling. However, the
stakes in the dreidel game are not money, but tasty snacks such as nuts,
candies, chocolate coins, and raisins. Dreidel is the classic Chanukkah
party game and is best played with a small group of children. Adults can
also join them. Four sides of the dreidel are decorated with different
Hebrew letters- nun, gimel, hey, and shin. The objective of the game is
to collect maximum number of chocolate coins/ candies by spinning the
dreidel. Here is how to play the traditional dreidel game.
- A wooden dreidel
- Chocolate coins
- A small pot or bowl
Number of players: Four to Six
How to play:
- Distribute 20 chocolate coins to each player.
- Keep a small pot or bowl at the center of the table.
- Ask the players to put one chocolate coin each into the pot.
- Choose a player to spin the dreidel first.
- When the dreidel stops, the player must do the action, depending
on which letter (nun, gimel, hey or shin) is facing up when the
- If the player spins "nun," then he does nothing-
neither take nor put coin into the pot. If he spins "gimel,"
then he is entitled to take all the coins in the pot. If the player
spins "hey," then half of the coins in the pot are given
to him. If the player spins "shin," he has to put a coin
in the pot.
- The player with maximum number of chocolate coins is declared the
- Give five to ten chances to each player, so that the game is not
too long to become boring.
"Pin the Candle on the Menorah":
This is another popular game with an interesting plot. As the name
suggests, the objective of this game is to pin the missing candle on the
picture of Menorah that is drawn on a large sheet of paper and hung on
the wall. Here is how to play "pin the candle on the Menorah."
- Large sheet of paper
- Paper cut out of a candle
- Double sided tape
Number of players: Five
How to play:
- Before the game starts, draw a Menorah on a large sheet of paper
or cardboard with one of the candles missing. Hang it on the wall.
- Draw a candle separately, cut it out, and stick a double-sided
tape on it. This is the candle, which should be placed on the vacant
place for candle in the Menorah.
- Place a blindfold over the first player's eyes and spin him/her
around twice or thrice before you hand over the candle to the
- The game continues until all the players are given their chance
to stick the candle on the Menorah.
- The player who sticks the candle closest is declared the winner.