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Menorah Lightings in the New York City Area

Menorah Lightings in the New York City Area

Attend a menorah lighting with your family this year in the New York City area.


UPDATED DEC. 11, 2020: 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 lighting ceremonies in the New York City area.

Menorah Lightings in Manhattan

FREE IN PERSON Chanukah Parade
WHEN:
Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30pm
WHERE: CYPP House, 219 E. 72nd St., Upper East Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Chabad Upper East Side for a Hanukkah car parade, led by the Maccabee Mitzvah Tank. The parade will be preceded by a menorah lighting at 6pm. To join the parade, email office@chabadyp.org.
WANT TO GO? chabaduppereastside.com.

FREE ONLINE Chanukah: First Night, Last Night Family Experience
WHEN: Thursday,  Dec. 10, 5pm
WHERE: Zoom
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the families of the JCC for a celebration of Chanukah on the first and last night of candle-lighting. Together we will kindle the lights of the chanukah, sing new and old favorite tunes, and then break out into three cohort Zoom rooms. Choose between the Infants + Young Children room (for children ages 0-4), the School Age room, sponsored by Jewish Journeys (for children ages 5-12), and the Generation R room (for Russian-speaking families) for activities and music.
WANT TO GO? 212-281-4000. mmjccm.org.

FREE IN PERSON Chanukah in the Park
WHEN:
Sunday, Dec. 10, 5:30pm
WHERE: Carl Schurz Promenade, 85th Street and East End Avenue, Upper East Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy children’s programs, a menorah lighting, live music, doughnuts, latke, and gelt!
WANT TO GO? 212-717-4613. chabaduppereastside.com.

FREE IN PERSON Menorah Lighting at the Chelsea Green
WHEN:
Thursday, Dec. 10, 4:30pm
WHERE: Chelsea Green Park, 140 W. 20th St., Chelsea
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a grand menorah lighting, doughnuts, chocolate gelt, and dreidels for all.
WANT TO GO? nyhebrew.org.

ONLINE FamilyLab: This Little Light
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 12, 5-6pm
WHERE: Lab/Shul, 131 Varick St., Soho
AGES: All
WHAT: All are invited to FamilyLab to celebrate Hanukkah with an exclusive premiere of ShirLaLa's "This Little Light" musical celebration. Children become the storytellers in this highly interactive sing-along, dance-along, and art-along experience. With Lab/Shul's unique God-optional approach to tradition, text, and story, FamilyLab is open to those who identify as Jewish, Jew-ish, and everything in between. Whether it's your first time lighting up a menorah or you are a gold medal dreidel player, all are welcome.
WANT TO GO? $8-$18. 212-908-2536. labshul.org.

FREE IN PERSON Menorah on the High Line
WHEN:
Sunday, Dec. 13, 5pm
WHERE: On the Porch at 15th Street, Chelsea
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a grand menorah lighting, doughnuts, chocolate gelt, and dreidels for all.
WANT TO GO? nyhebrew.org.

 

FREE ONLINE Young Families and Explorers Chanukah Candle Lighting
WHEN:
Monday, Dec. 14, 4pm
WHERE: Zoom or Facebook Live
AGES: 2-7
WHAT: Kick off the celebration of Chanukah by learning a new dance, then make dreidels and light the Chanukah candles together! The list of materials and private zoom link will be provided for all pre-registered participants, or join on Facebook or the livestream. Appropriate for children 2nd grade and under and their families.
WANT TO GO? 212-507-9515. emanuelnyc.org.

FREE IN PERSON Chanukah Outdoor Extravaganza
WHEN:
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 4:45-5:45pm
WHERE: New York Hebrew, 40 W. 22nd St., Flatiron
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a menorah lighting, jelly doughnuts, hot latkes, Hanukkah crafts, chocolate gelt, and dreidels for all.
WANT TO GO? nyhebrew.org.

Menorah Lightings in Brooklyn

FREE IN PERSON Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting
WHEN:
Dec. 10-17: Dec. 10, 5pm; Dec. 11, 3:30pm; Dec. 12, 7pm; Dec. 13, 5:30pm; Dec. 14-17, 6pm
WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West and Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Kick off the first night of Hanukkah with a Concert at 5pm and then stay for the lighting of Brooklyn's largest Menorah! Every night of Hanukkah will be celebrated with live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children.
WANT TO GO? 646-298-9909. chabadparkslope.com.

Dreidel Activity House
WHEN:
Dec. 13, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Chabad of Brooklyn, 1923 Ocean Ave., Bensonhurst
AGES: Pre-school and younger, young elementary, tween
WHAT:  Learn about Chanukah in a fun and interactive experience at the Chabad of Flatbush Dreidel House! In separate stations children will: * Make their own Latkes; * Participate in a olive-oil workshop; * Have a thrill in our junior escape room; * Play fun booths * Create a arts 'n craft to bring home!
WANT TO GO? $5

Menorah Lightings in Queens

FREE ONLINE 8 Nights of Chanukah
WHEN: Dec. 10-17, Thursday and Saturday-Wednesday, 6pm; Friday, 4pm
WHERE: Online
AGES: All
WHAT: The entire community is invited to celebrate each night. There will be amazing interactive festivities, and a different Commonpoint Queens family will kick off each festivity with a candle lighting!
WANT TO GO? commonpointqueens.org



Menorah Lighting 
WHEN:
Dec. 13, 6pm
WHERE: Bay Terrace Shopping Center
AGES: All
WHAT: Join for the lighting of the menorah celebrating Hanukkah at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Enjoy the best from 50 entertainment venues, professional services, and free parking.
WANT TO GO? bayterrace.com

Menorah Lightings in Westchester County

FREE IN PERSON Chanukah Car Parade
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 13, 1:45pm line up; 2-3pm parade
WHERE: Chabad of Westchester, 175 W. Post Road, White Plains
AGES: All
WHAT: Chabad of Westchester invites you to participate in their Chanukah Car Parade starting at Post Road School and ending at New Rochelle High School parking lot with a public Menorah lighting service that you'll be able to watch from your car. Decorate you car or purchase a car decorating kit for $25. Make sure to RSVP for a special Chanukah treat box! E-mail ChabadWestchester@gmail.com to RSVP or with any questions. 
WANT TO GO? 914-712-8332. chabadofwestchester.com.

FREE IN PERSON Drive-in Chanukah Experience
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 13, 5pm
WHERE: Dobbs Ferry Commuter Lot, 100 Palisades St., Dobbs Ferry
AGES: All
WHAT: Looking for a fun, interactive, and Covid-safe family experience this Chanukah? For the first time ever...a drive-in Chanukah multi media experience featuring animation, game show, and concert on a giant screen! Be dazzled by a live fire performer all from the comfort of your own car!
WANT TO GO? 914-693-6100. chabadrt.org.

Menorah Lightings on Long Island

FREE IN PERSON Christmas Tree Lighting and Lighting of the Menorah Ceremony
WHEN:
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 4:30-6pm
WHERE: Village of Hempstead
AGES: All
WHAT: Please join Mayor Don Ryan and Rabbi Abe (Beth Israel) to celebrate the holidays! RSVP for more information.
WANT TO GO? 516-478-6286. facebook.com

FREE IN PERSON Celebrate Chanukah with Car Menorah Parade Followed by Annual Grand Menorah Lighting
WHEN:
Thursday, Dec. 10, 5pm
WHERE: The Chai Center and Chabad of Mid-Suffolk, 318 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack
AGES: All
WHAT: Cars line up at 5pm at Chabad of Mid-Suffolk and leave at 6p, to go to The Chai Center. The parade will conclude with the annual Grand Menorah Lighting in the parking lot of The Chai Center at 6:45pm. Participants will have the opportunity to tune their radio to hear music for the parade. Doughnuts and latkes for everyone (packaged individual servings) *First 50 cars to RSVP get a free car Menorah and flag for the parade * Chanukah Beanies for the first 100 participants Register your car for the parade in advance.
WANT TO GO? 631-351-8672. thechaicenter.com.

FREE IN PERSON Menorah Lighting
WHEN:
Dec. 10-17, Thursday, 6pm; Friday, 3:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday-Thursday, 6pm
WHERE: Andrew J. Parise Park, 257 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the Chabad of the Five Towns, which serves the communities of Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Inwood, Lawrence, North Woodmere, Woodmere and Woodsburgh, for menorah lightings each night of Hanukkah. Individually wrapped doughnuts and dreidels will be given out to the children!
WANT TO GO? 516-295-2478. chabadfivetowns.com.

IN PERSON Chabad Of Port Washington Presents: Drive In Menorah Lighting & Concert
WHEN:
Thursday, Dec. 10, 5pm
WHERE: North Hempstead Town Park, Bar Beach, 175 W. Shore Road, Port Washington
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Chabad of Port Washington for their Drive In Menorah Lighting & Concert on the first night of Hanukkah! Hear live music, see a light show, and of course light the menorah. Families will receive latkes, doughnuts, dreidels, chocolate gelt, and a menorah kit to take him. RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? $20 per car. 516-767-8672. chabadpw.org.

FREE IN PERSON and ONLINE Outdoor Menorah Lighting
WHEN:
Dec. 10-17, Thursday, 5:30pm; Friday, 3:30pm; Saturday, 6:30pm; Sunday-Thursday, 5:30pm
WHERE: Chabad of the Beaches, 1 W. Chester St., Long Beach
AGES: All
WHAT: The community is invited to the lighting of Long Island's Largest Menorah throughout the eight days of Hanukkah, outside Long Beach City Hall spreading the light of goodness, liberty, and faith. Each night the menorah lighting will be limited to a crowd of 50 people. Masks will be required. Every night the Lighting will be live streamed on Facebook. Contact Chabad of the Beaches to request a night to join in person and state the preference for which night you wish to attend. After the limited crowd menorah lighting, the entire community is invited to drive by in their cars on Park Avenue to receive different gifts each night: Thursday, Dec. 10, 5:30pm: Donut Drive Thru; Saturday, Dec. 12, 6:30pm: Chanukah Gift Drive Thru; Sunday, Dec. 13, 5:30pm: Latke Drive Thru.
WANT TO GO? 516-574-3905. facebook.com.

Menorah Lightings in Bergen County

Chanukah Celebration
WHEN:
Dec. 13, 4:30pm
WHERE:  American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford
WHAT: Join the Chabad of New Jersey to celebrate the 4th night of Chanukah at the American Dream with the lighting of the menorah and live music! 
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? Free

Menorah Light and Gelt Drop
WHEN:
Dec. 17, 6pm
WHERE: Congregation Beth El, 185 Montross Ave., Rutherford
WHAT: Join the Chabad of the Meadowlands to celebrate the last night of Chanukah with the lighting of the menorah, live music, a gelt drop from a fire truck and individually packaged donuts! 
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? Free


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