20 Hanukkah Wishes to Light Up Their Holiday Season

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these turns of phrase.
20 Hanukkah Greetings for the Lights of Your Life
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Updated Nov 14, 2023

As the holiday season ramps up this year, many people in your life may be gearing up to celebrate the "eight crazy nights" known as Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights. And that calls for Hanukkah greetings to your Jewish friends, family and loved ones.

Hanukkah, says etiquette expert David Gregory, is a significant Jewish holiday that commemorates the miracle of the oil in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem. "Hanukkah traditions include lighting the menorah, playing the dreidel game, enjoying fried foods and giving and receiving gifts," says Gregory. "It's a time of reflection, gratitude and resilience, emphasizing the triumph of light over darkness."

Not sure exactly what to write in a Hanukkah card? You've come to the right place. We've rounded up some of the best "Happy Hanukkah" messages for your partner, a family member, another couple and a close friend. Consider yourself enlightened!

In this article:

Hanukkah Wishes to Your Partner

Want to wish your most special person a happy Hanukkah? Look no further. We've included some super meaningful Hanukkah wishes targeted toward that special someone, so that your partner is perfectly clear on how important they are to you this holiday. These are the perfect additions to a couples holiday card for your loved one.

  • Happy Hanukkah! Love you latkes.
  • You make Hanukkah—and every other day—so special.
  • This year on Hanukkah, I want to take the opportunity to let you know how grateful I am for you and for the love that we share.
  • Thank you for always being here for me and supporting me. Happy Hanukkah, my love.
  • The holiday season is a time of reflection and recognizing what's important. And for me, that's you. Happy Hanukkah.

Hanukkah Wishes to a Couple

Many of your friends may be coupled up and settling into domestic bliss by now, so you may want to send your favorite couples a joint "Happy Hanukkah" greeting this year. Need some inspo? Check out our married holiday card wording ideas. And, of course, the Hanukkah messages below.

  • Happy Hanukkah to our favorite couple! May your life be filled with light beyond these eight special days.
  • We wish you a home filled with love and light this Hanukkah season.
  • From our family to yours, wishing you the best this Hanukkah season!
  • May the happiness of the Festival of Lights be with you both all year.
  • Wishing you a beautiful Hanukkah season, from us to you.

Hanukkah Wishes to Friends

Sending a holiday card to a friend is a great way to let them know you're thinking of them as Hanukkah approaches, which is why we've included several Hanukkah wishes for a friend that are suitable for besties, acquaintances or even coworkers. Whether you opt for a funny Hanukkah greeting or something sweet to include with a small Hanukkah gift, we've got some great options below.

  • Wishing you a warm and happy Hanukkah filled with family, friends and of course, great food.
  • Wishing you a "latke" fun on Hanukkah!
  • Love and light to you and yours this Hanukkah season.
  • As you light the menorah on Hanukkah this year, know that your friendship is a light in my life.
  • To my special friend—here's to eight crazy nights!

Hanukkah Wishes to Family

A card is a great way to let family know you're thinking of them this holiday season. Wondering what to write in a Hanukkah card to a family member? We've got some beautiful Hanukkah sayings right down here, whether you're celebrating with them near or far.

  • Family is the greatest gift, just like the magic of Hanukkah. Wishing all of you a very happy holiday.
  • Wishing you peace this year during the Festival of Lights and beyond.
  • Thinking of you with warm wishes and lots of love this Hanukkah season.
  • Happy Hanukkah—we can't wait to celebrate with you this year!
  • Though we're separated by miles on Hanukkah, we're together in heart and spirit.
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