It’s that time of year. The time of year where I find myself dodging Christmas episodes of my kids’ favorite shows. There are some tv show episodes that are exclusively about Hanukkah and many that include Hanukkah along with Christmas. Below you’ll find my list and description of these episodes. Enjoy!
Super Why! – Judith’s Happy Chanukah (Season 3, Episode 20)
Super Why! is an educational show for early readers.
One of the Super Readers is Jewish! She invites everyone to a Chanukah party and they go into a book about Chanukah to learn more about the holiday.
There is no reference to other winter holidays.
Includes: how to dreidel game, chocolate coins, ingredients to make latkes, story of oil lamp lasting 8 nights
Take Away: Chanukah is about traditions.
Nina’s World – Nina’s Hanukkah Adventure (Season 1, Episode 27)
Nina’s family let Mrs. Katz use their bakery to make latkes and sufganiyot. Her daughter Jennifer (voiced by Mayim Bialik) comes to visit. There is a storm coming and they realize the whole town has run out oil! They go out looking all over town for oil they need to cook latkes and light the community menorah. Jen explains why we light a menorah, play dreidel, and the Hanukkah story.
There is no reference to other winter holidays.
Includes: bubbe means grandma, latkes, sufganiyot, 8 night, menorah, dreidel, King Antiochus, Judah Maccabee, tradition, part of the blessings
Take Away: Chanukah has a history and is about community and tradition.
Rugrats – Rugrats Chanukah (Season 4, Episode 1)
Scene flip between a historic telling of the Hanukah story and the babies discovering what Hanukah is all about. They go to their synagogue for a fair and to watch a play about the meaning of Hanukah.
Includes: Latkes, chocolate gelt, synagogue, Torah
Take Away: Hanukkah is about brave Jews who wanted to study Torah.
Puppy Dog Pals – The Latke Kurfuffle (Season 1, Epsiode 20, the 2nd half of the episode)
Available on DisneyNow. Skip to the 2nd half of the episode.
The pups owner Bob is going to make latkes for his neighbor’s Hanukkah party. Bob realizes he’s out of oil and the dogs destroy the rest of the ingredients. The pups go on an adventure to find the ingredients they need.
Includes: A fun latke song, miracle of oil lasting 8 days, light candles
Take Away: Latkes are made with potatoes, eggs, and oil. It’s about spending time with friends and family.
Cliffords Puppy Days – The Big, Big Present / Hanukah Plunder Blunder (Season 3, Episode 9)
The Big, Big Present
After trying to take a peek at Clifford’s biggest present, he and his cat friends go to their house to take a peek at theirs. Their owner Mr. Solomon is making latkes and sufganiyot. They animals start playing with a dreidel, but it goes out of control and breaks their menorah. Without a menorah, they can’t light candles and get their big big present for the last night. Working together they build a new one. In the end, they’re having so much fun they don’t even want to open their present.
Includes: Menorah, latkes, dreidel, sufganiyot, candle lighting, presents
Take Away: Being with family and friends is the greatest gift of all.
Hanukah Plunder Blunder
Clifford goes to his friends’ house for Hanukkah. His friend is supposed to only open one present per night, but can’t resist and opens all of them.
Clifford wears a santa hat at the beginning and there are some holly leaves, but there is no other references to Christmas.
Includes: Miracle of oil lasting 8 days, latkes, dreidel, presents
Take Away: Hanukkah is about getting presents for 8 days.
Peg + Cat – The Hanukkah Problem (Season 3, Episode 9, 13:40)
Episode can be digitally purchased on Amazon Prime Video for $2.99 This is the second part of an episode, so you can skip to 13:40, but the first half is not Christmas related if you wanted to watch right through. (Might also be streaming on PBS Kids)
Peg and her friends are invited over the Albert Einstein’s house to Hanukkah. They sing a song about Hanukkah and learn the difference between two and three dimensions.
They discover that some animals are fighting and realize they can’t celebrate Hanukkah until they figure out a way for the animals to make peace.
Includes: 8 nights, menorah, dreidel, presents, light, peace
Take Away: Hanukkah is a holiday. It’s important to help find solutions to problems (peace).
“Holiday” Episodes That Include Hanukkah
Super Agent Oso – The Living Holiday Lights: Parts 1 & 2 (Season 2, Episode 11)
Available on DisneyNow. To skip a large chunk of the Christmas part, you may just want to play Part 2.
Oso is headed on a train to his headquarters, the trains sing a song about Christmas. We then meet a girl who needs help setting up her Advent wreath, a boy who needs help setting up a menorah, and another boy who needs help setting up a Kwanzaa kinara. Oso is assigned to help the kids. There is a song all about different holidays from all over the world with different lights. Oso heads to France to help with the Advent wreath.
Oso heads to Israel to help a boy set up the menorah for Hanukkah. There’s a song about Hanukkah, lighting candles, eating latkes, and playing dreidel. They put the menorah in the window and put the candles in right to left. They play a game of dreidel. Then Oso goes the America to help a boy with the kinara for Kwanzaa. After, Oso goes home and is sad to be celebrating the holidays alone, until the kids he has helped through the year show up to thank him.
Take Away: Hanukkah has candles like other holidays this time of year. It’s unique for some reasons, but the main character is very Christmas heavy.
Are there ones I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below.