If you grew up Jewish, you probably know all too well the extent to which the holiday season tends to leave Hanukkah behind. Even if you're not offended by an innocent "Merry Christmas!" I'm willing to bet that you have at least a moment or two every December when you can't help but wonder, Can't we get a little bit more Hanukkah talk up in here? After all, the full Christmas-celebrating world would just plotz if they could taste a latke or enjoy some gelt or enjoy any one of these Hanukkah games for adults. If they only knew what they were missing out on!
You may have been under the very mistaken impression that the only thing to play on Hanukkah is the dreidel — and while this seasonal icon does make an appearance in the list of games below (how could I possibly leave it out?), it's only one of a slew of things you can do to stay entertained as you celebrate eight crazy nights this year. In 2017, Hanukkah begins on Dec. 12 and ends on Dec. 20, and I feel confident that the game suggestions you'll find if you keep scrolling will give you plenty of laughs whether you're celebrating with family or friends.
The dreidel is a basic symbol of the Hanukkah celebration, but you'd be amazed by how many ways there are to play with one. A quick Google search will give you tons of ideas for adult dreidel games, many of which include a fair amount of drinking.
Cards Against Humanity: Jew Pack
If you're already a fan of the original Cards Against Humanity, the additional 30 cards that come in this expansion pack will add a Hanukkah flair to the existing game. And since (fun fact alert!) all of the Cards Against Humanity writers are Jewish, you and your family can expect to feel wildly understood by the Jew Pack.
The Star of David-shaped cards in the Drink If game can work as coasters if you're looking to spice things up over dinner, or you can break it out after the meal for a round of boozy fun. Each player starts with a full drink, then takes a drink if the statements on each card (which are all relevant to Jewish culture) apply to them.
This festive take on a classic board game takes advantage of the alternative spelling of Hanukkah for an alliterative bonus. The game pieces are blue and silver Hanukkah coins.
Drinking Dreidels is a fast-paced dreidel game. Its speed — and its drinking, of course — should make it feel a little like quarters.
Hanukkah Mad Libs
Mad Libs are pretty much the ultimate word game no matter when you play them, and Hanukkah is no exception. This version includes 21 fill-in-the-blank stories that will give you plenty of content to spread over eight nights of latkes and candles.
Apples to Apples Jewish Edition
The cards in this edition of the much-beloved Apples to Apples game all relate to Jewish themes, so breaking this out for Hanukkah will keep with the flow of the festivities.
The 8 Drinking Games of Chanukah
This all-in-one package from Calendars.com includes eight rule cards, two dice, one chip, one dreidel, and one spinner, plus all of the instructions you need to turn those supplies into eight different drinking games. Cheers to that!
Taboo Jewish Edition
Use funny phrases or one-word clues to get your team to say the right Hanukkah-related word (think "dreidel" or "Maccabee!") and you get a point. Mazel!
Sing-Along Chanukah Microphone
Use this microphone as intended to sing a classic Chanukah song (a song book with transliterated lyrics is included), or turn the celebration into something slightly rowdier with a night of festive karaoke.
Schmear Build-A-Bagel Card Game
Test your memory — and your knowledge of bagel sandwiches — to the test with this highly appetizing card game.