The Story of Hanukkah – Videos & Activities

Watch these videos to learn about Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights.

Sesame Street: Hanukkah With Veronica Monica

Appropriate Grades: Pre-K–K

In this video, Veronica Monica, an animated reporter, gives an eyewitness account of the story of Chanukah.

Source: Sesame Street on

Length: 2 minutes 44 seconds

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How to Understand the Hanukkah Story

Appropriate Grades: 3–5

Get to know the story behind the Festival of Lights, from the times of Alexander the Great to the miracle that is the foundation of Hanukkah celebrations today. Students are introduced to Antiochus IV, Mattathias, and the Maccabees in this short video.

Source: Howcast on

Length: 1 minutes 56 seconds

Extension Activities

History of the Holidays: Hanukkah

Appropriate Grades: 6–8

Learn about the story of Hanukkah. This video introduces students to the history, symbolism, and traditions of the Jewish holiday.

Source: History Channel on

Length: 3 minutes 51 seconds

Extension Activities

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