Your Hanukkah 2021 Prep Checklist

Nov 22, 2021  |  By Evelina G

Hanukkah starts less than a week away!

Hanukkah in 2021 starts at sundown on Sunday, November 28, and we know all the holiday prep can get overwhelming. But don’t stress! We’ve prepared a handy checklist below of everything you need to get ready for your Hanukkah festivities and ensure your holiday goes smoothly for all 8 nights.

Hag Hanukkah Sameah from Jerusalem, and best of luck preparing for a meaningful Festival of Lights!

Step 1: Preparing for Hanukkah


The most important ritual of Hanukkah is the lighting of the menorah, so you need to ensure you have everything you need for this and any other traditions you keep in your home.


menorah lighting

If you need some Hanukkah menorah shopping inspiration, we’ve put together a top 10 list of our favorite Israeli-made menorahs, with options for every style and budget.


These gorgeous dreidels are not just for kids’ play, but also make for beautiful, eye-catching centerpieces for your holiday table or next to your menorah. Bring your Hanukkah to life with our top dreidels from the Land of Israel!

Step 2: Hanukkah Gift Shopping

One of the most beloved Hanukkah traditions is the giving of gifts! Each community and family has its own norms and customs for gift-giving during Hanukkah. Here is a list of people you may be shopping for:

Also consider:

See our gift guides for the best Hanukkah gifts from Israel:



Make everyone’s holiday happy and bright with a beautiful Hanukkah gift sent straight from the Land of Israel.

Step 3: Hosting Essentials for Hanukkah

If you are hosting a Hanukkah dinner or holiday party on any of the 8 nights, it’s important to plan and stay organized so nothing falls through the cracks and you aren’t scrambling at the last moment.

Not only is there food to cook and serve: there is the table to beautify with gorgeous made-in-Israel serving bowlscoasters, salt and pepper shakers, and other tableware

And if you are hosting a meal during the shabbat of Hanukkah, there are also certain items required for shabbat rituals: a kiddush cuphandwashing cup and towels, a challah board with cover and knife, and Birkonim for grace after meals. And don’t forget a festive tablecloth!


Upgrade your holiday table in style, with beautifully made, Jewish-themed tableware from Israeli artists.

Step 4: Brush up on your Hanukkah knowledge

Your holiday will be extra meaningful if you understand what’s going on and what different traditions and motifs symbolize. Fortunately, we have all the necessary info you need on our site!

Check out our informative posts and guides:

You’ll be prepared with all the items you need for your Hanukkah traditions with our ultimate buying guide.

Step 5: During Hanukkah


Now you’re ready to start your Festival of Lights! Don’t forget to keep up with all your planned Hanukkah traditions, keep your menorah and candles safe, and keep your family entertained and engaged for all 8 nights.


That’s it – you’re ready to celebrate the Festival of Lights and take part in all the Hanukkah traditions and rituals! Let us know if we forgot anything, or if you found this checklist useful.

Happy Hanukkah from the Judaica Webstore team in Jerusalem!