Chag Urim Sameach! Happy Hannukah! If you’re headed to Disney this Holiday season, you’re in for a treat! Though today marks the official end of Hannukah, you can still celebrate throughout the rest of the year at Walt Disney World. This year the Jewish Festival of Lights is celebrated throughout the resort with a hub of activity in Epcot for the International Festival of the Holidays. In each resort you’ll find a Menorah that is lit on each of Hannukah’s eight nights. Once they are all lit, they’ll remain lit for the rest of the holiday season.
Special merchandise can also be found, and though not as ubiquitous as Christmas merchandise, the Hannukah merchandise is absolutely beautiful. We found a selection in Ye Old Christmas Shop at Magic Kingdom, Discovery Trading Company at Animal Kingdom and various Festival merchandise locations throughout Epcot. Each year the items available change slightly and we are loving this years theme featuring an elegant dreidel shape with a subtle Mickey design. The Disney character dreidels are sure to be a hit too!
At Epcot, you can sink your teeth into traditional Jewish comfort foods like Potato Kinnish and Matza Ball Soup at the L’Chaim. While we would have liked to see Latkes (a traditional Hannukah dish) in the menu, what they do have is expertly done. The Matza Soup, in particular, was amazingly good.
Once you’ve loaded up on deliciousness, take your food a few steps over to your left and sit down for a Hannukah Storyteller and hear stories and songs of the Holiday. Through song and spoken word, you’ll learn about the Miracle of the Oil and the rededication of the Jewish Temple. The storyteller plays guitar and performs traditional songs of the season! It’s a fun and inventive and definitely one of the best that the Festival of the Holidays has to offer. You’ll find this area near the American Pavillion in the World Showcase.
Whether Hannukah is a cherished and familiar holiday to you, or whether you want to know more about it you’ll find something to love in the corner of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the traditional stories and music of Hannukah.
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