Hanukkah at WAM 2022

Sunday, December 4
Free admission (Free First Sunday)

We are delighted to partner again with the Worcester JCC and the Jewish Federation of Central MA for “Hanukkah at WAM!” Join us for a day-long Hanukkah celebration for all ages! Enjoy music, live cooking demonstrations, story times with PJ Library, art activities, and presentations on the history and traditions of this Jewish holiday.

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A mother and her young daughter smile happily holding a colorful picture of a menorah Hanukkats puppets A group of children gathered around as a story is told by the WAM librarian A girl looks over a display of different menorah


  • Potato Latke Cooking Demo and Tasting
    11:30am, Museum Café
  • Storytime with PJ Library
    12pm, 12:45pm, 3pm; Nook in Education Wing (HEW)
  • Docent tour of WAM’s festive decorations
    1pm, Meet in Lancaster Lobby
  • Talking Hands Theatre, World Premiere of Puppet Show “Hanukkats”
    1:30pm, Conference Room
    Pre-show Hanukkah chat with Rabbi Aviva Fellman, Congregation Beth Israel
  • Docent tour of Jewels of the Nile
    2:15pm, Meet in Lancaster Lobby
  • Shir Joy Chorus of Massachusetts Performance
    2:30pm, Renaissance Court
    Pre-concert chat, “Is That How You Spell Hanukkah?” with Rabbi Valerie Cohen, Temple Emanuel Sinai

Ongoing Activities, 11am-3pm

  • Art activities for all ages, abilities, and interests
    Higgins Education Wing (HEW):
    • Create and Design a Dreidel, Studio 101
    • Create a Frosted Lantern, Studio 102
  • Dreidel Games
    Lancaster Lobby
    Test your skills and win a Hanukkah Gelt chocolate coin!
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Pick up and turn in at Salisbury or Lancaster Entrances. Win a Dreidel Prize for completing the hunt.
  • Ron Rosenstock Photography Slide Show, “A Celebration of Light”
    Continuous showings, Hoche-Schofield Room in Higgins Education Wing (HEW)

Food & Shopping

  • Acoustic Java at WAM
    11:00am-3pm, Lancaster Lobby
    Coffee cart offering espresso-based drinks and locally made pastries with vegan and gluten-free options.
  • Grub Guru Food Truck
    11am-2pm, Lancaster Street
  • Vending Machines
    10am-4pm, Museum Café
  • Museum Shop
    Complete your journey with a visit to The Museum Shop. Members receive 20% off in December. Join today.