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23 Menorah Candle Lightings in NYC, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island

23 Menorah Candle Lightings in NYC, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island

Attend a menorah candle lighting in NYC and the surrounding area with your family this year.


Menorahs are lit during Hanukkah to commemorate the miracle of the little oil that burned for eight days and to honor Jewish ancestors. Whether you're looking to learn about Jewish culture, put a new spin on a Hanukkah tradition, or just enjoy the holiday with your family this year, keep the tradition alive by attending one of these special menorah candle lightings in NYC, Westchester, Long Island, and Rockland.

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Menorah Candle Lightings in NYC

Chanukah at The Seaport

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 3-5pm
WHERE: The Seaport, 25 Fulton St., Downtown Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Chanukah with face painting , balloons, Live Music, arts & crafts, latkes, doughnuts, chocolate gelt, a Live Ice Carving Menorah Show, Dreidel mascots, a Stilt Walker, clowns, Musical Performance by the FiDi Hebrew School the Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony, and more!
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

Chanukah on Ice

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 29, 6-9pm
WHERE: Wollman Rink, 830 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
WHAT: Ice-skate to festive Hanukkah music with a DJ and live band, see the lighting of the giant ice menorah, and enjoy a boxed dinner including delicious Hanukkah doughnuts. 
WANT TO GO? Online: $22; $30 with skate rental; at the event: $28; $35 with skate rental.

Chanukah Outdoor Extravaganza

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 4:45-5:45pm
WHERE: New York Hebrew, 40 West 22nd Street, Stuyvesant Park
WHAT: Collect as much "gelt" as you can as it rains down from the ladder fire truck! Plus, latkes, doughnuts, dreidels, crafts, and grand menorah lighting. 
WANT TO GO? Free. RSVP appreciated. 

Chanukah Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 2, 5:30pm
WHERE: The Chelsea Green Park, 140 W. 20th St., Chelsea
WHAT: Celebrate Hanukkah with crafts, latkes, doughnuts, chocolate gelt, dreidels, and a grand menorah lighting.
WANT TO GO? Free.

Abingdon Square Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 5, 5pm
WHERE: Abingdon Square Park, intersection of Bleecker and Hudson streets, Greenwich Village
WHAT: See the lighting of a giant menorah and enjoy latkes, doughnuts, entertainment for kids, and a gelt drop!
WANT TO GO? Free.

Menorah Candle Lighting in Brooklyn

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 5, various times
WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West and Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
WHAT: Be there for the lighting of the largest menorah in Brooklyn every night of Hanukkah with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children.
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Outdoor Clinton Hill Chanukah Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 5:30pm
WHERE: Rohr Chabad of Clinton Hill & Pratt Institute, across from 541 Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill
WHAT: Rabbi Yossi of Myrtle Ave’s Hadas Gallery + Synagogue will lead the lighting of a menorah made of ice. There will also be lots of free holiday fun to enjoy: live music, hot latkes and sufganiyot (friend doughnuts), fun giveaways for kids, and more!
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Menorah Lightings in Queens

Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 4:30pm
WHERE: Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens
WHAT: Join Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. in a festive celebration of Hanukkah.
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Chabad of Long Island City: Community Chanukah Celebration

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 6pm
WHERE: Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard at 48th Avenue, Long Island City
WHAT: It’s an ice menorah Hanukkah celebration! There will be a performance by Chabad Hebrew School, an ice menorah carving show, 3-D glow-in-the-dark glasses, lively Hanukkah music, and much more! Plus, enjoy doughnuts, chocolate gelt, and treats!
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Winter Wonder at the Garden

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 4, 12-5pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
WHAT: Celebrate the best of December with free live musical performances, a tree and menorah lighting, holiday crafts, a tree tour, selfies with Santa (donations welcome), and sales at the QBG Shop! Enjoy a selection of beverages at the Holiday Bar for purchase.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required. $10 parking fee. 718-886-3800. 

Menorah Lightings on Long Island

Chanukah Experience

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 4:15pm
WHERE: Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 2174 Hewlett Ave., Merrick
WHAT: Park your car at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life and join the walking parade to the Merrick Long Island Railroad Station for 12-foot Menorah lighting, latkes, dancing Rabbis, doughnuts, juggling show, and more!
WANT TO GO? $18 suggested donation per family. Advanced registration required.

Town of Oyster Bay Chabad: Chanukah Spectacular

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 3:30pm
WHERE: Plainview Shopping Centre, 327-392 S. Oyster Bay Road, Plainview
WHAT: This year's family-friendly event will feature vaudeville stunt act David Darwin, festive music, Hanukkah foods, such as latkes and jelly doughnuts, and classic pizza. This event celebrating the joy of Hanukkah will be an experience to be remembered. The highlight of the event will be the Grand Giant Menorah lighting. All children will receive Hanukkah gelt of one crisp dollar bill.
WANT TO GO? Free.

Grand Menorah Car Parade & Lighting

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 6pm
WHERE: The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills
WHAT: Celebrate Hanukkah with a Grand Menorah Car Parade & Lighting. The parade starts from Chabad of Mid-Suffolk (318 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack) at 6pm. The Grand Menorah Lighting at The Chai Center (outdoors), located at 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, will happen at 6:45pm. Enjoy live music, doughnuts, latkes, and fun for the entire family.
WANT TO GO? Free.



MenorahCade

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 3:30pm departs from Chabad; 4pm Chanukah Celebration
WHERE: Chabad of The Hamptons, 13 Woods Lane, East Hampton
WHAT: Show your Jewish pride by joining in the MenorahCade! Drive through the streets of East Hampton to Herrick Park for the grand finale Hanukkah celebration featuring Hanukkah treats, fun surprises for the whole family, and the lighting of a 6-foot-tall menorah with local dignitaries. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Call to reserve a menorah for your car. 

Public Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 29, 6pm
WHERE: LIRR Station, Middle Neck Road & Station Plaza, Great Neck
WHAT: Celebrate Hanukkah with music, dancing, doughnuts, and prizes for all kids. Great Neck dignitaries will light the menorah.
WANT TO GO? Free. 

GCA Menorah Lighting Ceremony

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 5-6:30pm
WHERE: Harborfields Public Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn
WHAT: Celebrate the third night of Hanukkah with a community menorah lighting.
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Public Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 2, 6pm
WHERE: The Village Green, Middle Neck and Beach roads, Great Neck
WHAT: Celebrate Hanukkah with music, dancing, doughnuts, and prizes for all kids. Great Neck dignitaries will light the menorah.
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Commack Community Hanukkah Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 2, 7pm
WHERE: The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center Inc., 6500 Jericho Turnpike, Commack
WHAT: Bring the family to a grand Menorah lighting—dreidels, chocolate gelt, music and more! @ Commack corners shopping center. 
WANT TO GO? Free. 631-462-9800.

Chanukah Wonderland

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 5, 9:30-11:30am
WHERE: The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills
WHAT: Celebrate Hanukkah with arts and crafts, games, and activities such as decorating doughnuts, sand art, finding Judah the Maccabee, and making special Hanukkah candles.
WANT TO GO? $12. Advanced registration required. 

Menorah Lightings in Westchester

Chanukah Car Parade and Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 3:20pm parade line up; 3:45pm parade begins; 4pm menorah lighting and fire juggling show
WHERE: Chabad of Yorktown, 2629 Old Yorktown Road, Yorktown Heights
WHAT: Chabad of Yorktown will be hosting a Hanukkah car parade followed by a public menorah lighting at the Jack Devito Field in Yorktown. There will be a fire juggling show at the menorah lighting.
WANT TO GO? Free. Call or register online to participate in the parade or to reserve a car decorating kit.

Chabad Somers Public Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 6pm
WHERE: Elephant Hotel, 335 US-202, Somers
WHAT: Kick off the first night of Hanukkah with a public menorah lighting.
WANT TO GO? Free.

Community Chanukah Extravaganza: Fire on Ice

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 4pm
WHERE: Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park, 87 Ogden Park, Dobbs Ferry
WHAT: Watch the fastest ice carver in Guinness world record carve a giant Ice Menorah. Enjoy a dazzling fire show, and Epic Gelt drop and delicious Latkes and doughnuts.
WANT TO GO? Free. RSVP appreciated.

Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 6pm
WHERE: Cross County Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
WHAT: Enjoy a special Hanukkah menorah lighting with the Chabad of Yonkers. The Chabad Rabbi will light the menorah in celebration of the festival of lights, and guests will enjoy live music, cultural dancing, and treats.
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Pound Ridge Outdoor Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 6pm
WHERE: Across from 55 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge
WHAT: Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with an outdoor Menorah lighting ceremony and gift bags!
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Tree & Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Sun., Nov. 28, 6pm
WHERE: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 68 Bedford Road, Katonah
WHAT: Join the community for a Tree and Menorah Lighting.
WANT TO GO? Free. 914-232-2668. katonahchamber.org

Chanukah Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Sun., Nov. 28, 4pm event begins; 4:30pm, Menorah Lighting
WHERE: Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers
WHAT: Join Ridge Hill and Chabad of Yonkers for a Chanukah Celebration! Enjoy music from Mr. Shabbos, Chanukah Treats, and a Gelt Drop!
WANT TO GO? Free. 914-207-2900.

Bedford Outdoor Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 28, 3pm Chanukah Village; 4pm Menorah Lighting
WHERE: Bedford Village Green, Bedford
WHAT: Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah when Bedford Village is turned into Chanukah Village! Every store will have a Hanukkah treat for you! Then, get ready to light the menorah!
WANT TO GO? Free.

Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 29, 6pm
WHERE: Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main St., Stratford, CT
WHAT: Celebrate the second night of Hanukkah with a menorah lighting.
WANT TO GO? Free.

Public Menorah Lightings in Rockland

Menorah Lighting and Gelt Drop

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 6:30pm
WHERE: Temple Beth El of Rutherford, 185 Montross Ave., Rutherford, NJ
WHAT: Celebrate Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, music, latkes, doughnuts, and a gelt drop from a fire truck!
WANT TO GO: Free.

Annual Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 2, 6:30-7pm
WHERE: The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District, 119-158 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ
WHAT: Join Mayor Fulop and the HDSID in celebrating the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah. 
WANT TO GO: Free. 

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