Ways To Entertain Small Groups For Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a time to come together, but given the ongoing pandemic, we’re sure many of you are wondering if it’s safe to do so. There are ways to still celebrate the holiday while keeping in mind the risks possessed by COVID-19. For those still planning together in celebration of the season, we’ve prepared a few helpful tips for you.

Before we get started, we need to mention: if you’ve been in contact with someone who has had COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms associated with the virus: get tested and please do not attend any parties. For your safety and the health of those around you, enjoy the holidays at home this year. 

For those who will be attending a Hanukkah celebration or general holiday get-together this year, though, we have a few tips about how you can stay safe and still have a good time.

Have a Sanitation Station

Cleanliness and safety are going to be especially important this season. We suggest sectioning of one corner of your residence as a place to keep fresh masks and sanitation wipes, so everyone has the ability to keep clean and prevent accidental spread.

Enjoy the Nice Weather

If your community is located in a warmer part of the country, why not take advantage of the climate and have your celebration outdoors. Holding gatherings in open air is much safer than coming together in close quarters.

Control Where the Food is Coming From

Food is an essential part of Hanukkah—who can live without Challah bread and brisket during the holidays? Not us! To prevent possible contamination and viral spread, however, maybe elect one person to make a few of your favorite foods this year. Localizing all the food to one source greatly cuts down the potential for spreading COVID-19.

Of course, if you want to have some real fun you could choose one of your Hanukkah favorites and make a game of it. Mom.com had the great suggestion of having a socially distanced latke cooking competition; an excellent idea if you have more than one heat source!

To keep the food from one source, one person from your party could provide the dish each night. That way you get to enjoy all the Hanukkah hallmarks safely without putting all the burden on one person.

Spread the Joy Around

For your neighbors and other members of the community who can’t celebrate, making a little effort to include them as much as possible will go a long way toward lifting their spirits. If you know someone staying inside this year, maybe take your party to their door to say a quick, distanced, and masked-up “Happy Hanukkah”, just so they know you’re thinking of them.

2020 has done a good job of keeping us all apart, but this holiday season, it’s important to come together as closely as we can. There are various ways you can have a safe, fun, and semi-traditional Hanukkah, even with all the COVID-19 health concerns in place. With that said, we wish blessings for you and your community this year as you celebrate the festival of lights.

We know our community members at The Phoenix value their Hanukkah traditions, and we want you to celebrate as safely as possible. Chag Sameach!


1. Schwartz Mills, Donna. https://mom.com/momlife/how-to-have-a-socially-distant-hanukkah/keeping-the-traditions-of-hanukkah-ideas-for-celebrating-during-the-pandemic. Mom.com, Accessed 17 November 2020

2. McMahan, Dana. https://www.today.com/health/inviting-people-over-barbecue-here-s-how-do-it-safely-t183986. Today, Accessed 17 November 2020

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