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50 Ways to Say “Happy Hanukkah” to Loved Ones This Year

Send one (or more!) of these personalized "happy Hanukkah" greetings to your loved ones this season

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Wishing you a happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most joyous holidays in the Jewish religion, dating back thousands of years. It’s considered a mitzvah (a good deed, or commandment) to celebrate the eight-day holiday even during challenging times. Jews all over the world celebrate Hanukkah by spinning dreidels, lighting the hanukkiah (nine-branched menorah) and feasting on fried foods such as potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). If you’d like to wish a friend a happy Hanukkah but are unsure what to say, you can keep it simple with a basic “happy Hanukkah,” which is the standard greeting.

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Happy Hanukkah greetings

1. Hanukkah sameach! (Happy Hanukkah!)

2. Chag urim sameach! (Happy Festival of Lights!)

3. Chag sameach! (Happy holiday!)

4. Have a very happy Hanukkah.

5. Here’s to a happy Hanukkah for all.

6. Moadim l’simcha! (May your times be happy!)

7. Gut yontif! (Good holiday!)

8. Hope your Hanukkah is filled with love, laughter and latkes.

9. Sending you extra love and light this Hanukkah.

10. Warmest wishes for a happy Hanukkah.

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Happy Hanukkah wishes

11. Wishing you joy at Hanukkah.

12. May you have a warm and happy Hanukkah.

13. Wishing you a Festival of Lights filled with peace and prosperity.

14. Hoping Hanukkah is as full of love, vibrancy and light as you are.

15. Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and joyous Hanukkah.

16. As you light the menorah candles, may you be reminded of the beautiful fact that miracles do exist.

17. Wishing you peace, love and light throughout this glorious Festival of Lights.

18. Hope your Hanukkah’s great times eight!

19. Hope your Hanukkah is a sweet one!

20. Here’s to a bright and meaningful Hanukkah ahead.

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Happy Hanukkah blessings

21. May your home and heart be filled with extra love each night you light the menorah.

22. May your Hanukkah be filled with beautiful, everlasting memories—and lots of latkes!

23. Hoping you and your family have a Hanukkah filled with lots of happy, sweet memories to last a lifetime.

24. May the holiday light up your family’s lives with love.

25. May the Festival of Lights be filled with blessings, miracles and prosperity for you and your loved ones.

26. Hoping this Hanukkah brings you peace, comfort and joy.

27. As you light the menorah, may you experience the same brightness you bring to me every day.

28. May Hanukkah bring your family together.

29. May you know and experience the true magic of miracles that come with the holiday.

30. Wishing and hoping you’ll have a joyful holiday ahead.

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Funny happy Hanukkah messages

31. It’s time to get lit this holiday!

32. Peace, love and latkes

33. We’re chai on life this Hanukkah!

34. You can’t Maccabeats this Hanukkah feeling.

35. Let’s get Hanuk-krunk!

36. Oy to the world!

37. I love you a latke.

38. Wishing you a latke fun this Hanukkah.

39. Hope your Hanukkah is sweeter than sufganiyot.

40. Let it glow!

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Heartfelt happy Hanukkah greetings

41. This Hanukkah, please know how much you light up my life.

42. This holiday, I’m hoping you experience the same blessings and brightness I do just by having you in my life.

43. Light can be found in even the darkest times, and I hope you will remember how you brighten my life every time you light the menorah.

44. Wishing you a bright Festival of Lights followed by a lifetime of light ahead.

45. May the glow of the menorah guide you through even the darkest of days.

46. As you light the menorah, may you remember—and experience—the fact that life is filled with bright, miraculous moments.

47. In celebration of Hanukkah, may you continue to spread light and hope wherever you go.

48. May the lights of Hanukkah shine all year long.

49. This Hanukkah, I hope you feel the same infectious love and light that I do just by being your friend.

50. Like the menorah, may your light never dull.

Lauren Dana Ellman
Lauren is a writer and editor specializing in travel. She has been fortunate enough to explore the world in search of the best hotels, hidden-gem locales, and under-the-radar haunts, which she's written about for Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Time Out, Tripadvisor, Viator, ShermansTravel, Brides, The Knot, Allure, Glamour, Self and Well + Good. When she's not writing about must-visit destinations, she's probably online shopping, playing with her pup, or planning her next trip.