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How to Celebrate Hanukkah in New York: 8 Best Activities

'16.11.2023'

Alina Prikhodko

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The first night of Hanukkah is soon upon us, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate the occasion in New York City, from lighting the menorah to dining at one of New York's best kosher restaurants. Secret nyc I have prepared a list of options for celebrating the “holiday of light”.

This year, Hanukkah runs from December 7th to 15th, so get ready to light 8 candles and enjoy some delicious latkes.

1. Maccabees Bar

From November 28th to December 31st, New York City will host a Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar serving delicious treats and delectable themed cocktails. Come for the latkes and the Hebrew Hammer (vodka, granulated sugar, lemon and raspberry) and Latke Sour (apple brandy, potato, lemon, egg white, Havana and Hyde bitters). Find out more about the Maccabees here.

Address: 64 Downing Street (Ollie West Village)

2. Menorah lighting at Grand Army Plaza

This year, the largest menorah in Brooklyn will be lit for Hanukkah at Grand Army Plaza on December 7th. The tradition, which has existed in this area of ​​​​New York for more than 30 years, is one of the largest events in New York. In addition, on the first evening there will be a special concert dedicated to the beginning of the holiday, there will be treats and gifts for children.

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  • 1st night of Hanukkah – Thursday, December 7, concert starts at 17:00
  • 2nd night of Hanukkah – Friday, December 8th at 15:30 p.m.
  • 3rd night of Hanukkah – Saturday, December 9, at 19:15 p.m.
  • 4th night of Hanukkah – Sunday, December 10, at 17:00
  • 5th night of Hanukkah - Monday, December 11, at 18:00
  • 6th night of Hanukkah - Tuesday, December 12, at 18:00
  • 7th night of Hanukkah - Wednesday, December 13, at 18:00
  • 8th night of Hanukkah – Thursday, December 14, at 18:00

Address: Grand army plaza

3. Menorah lighting on Fifth Avenue

The Manhattan menorah on Fifth Avenue has long rivaled the Brooklyn one as the most festive and largest in all of New York, and this weekend it will also be lit on the first day of the “Festival of Lights.” This 1 kg menorah - the largest in the world - is located right here in Midtown Manhattan.

  • 1th night of Hanukkah – Thursday, December 7, at 17:30
  • 2nd night of Hanukkah - Friday, December 8, at 17:30
  • 3rd night of Hanukkah – Saturday, December 9, at 17:30 p.m.
  • 4th night of Hanukkah – Sunday, December 10, at 17:30
  • 5th night of Hanukkah - Monday, December 11, at 17:30
  • 6th night of Hanukkah - Tuesday, December 12, at 15:30
  • 7th night of Hanukkah - Wednesday, December 13, at 20:30
  • 8th night of Hanukkah – Thursday, December 14, at 17:30

Address: 5th Avenue and 59th Street

4. Hanukkah on ice at the skating rink Wollman's Rink

Wollman's Rink in Central Park is one of New Yorkers' favorite skating rinks, and this year it's back with Hanukkah on Ice, complete with Jewish music throughout the night, free kosher food and a giant ice menorah hand-carved by Bill Bywater. The event will take place on the 6th day of Hanukkah (December 12) from 18:00 to 21:00. Tickets are $28 online and $35 at the door. You won't want to miss this holiday.

Address: Wollman Rink, Central Park (best entrance - 59th Street & 6th Avenue).

5. Celebrate Hanukkah at Hudson Yards

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with special offers from Hudson Yards stores for eight days. Russ & Daughters, Miznon, Li-Lac Chocolates and others will be holding special promotions, and there will even be a menorah lighting in Public Square on December 7th. You can find out more about the holiday here.

Address: Hudson Yards

6. Hanukkah on ice in the Seaport

Seaport Hanukkah programs will be held on the waterfront on December 10th from 15:00 pm to 17:00 pm. The free event will include latkes, hot cocoa, live music from FiDi Hebrew School, arts and crafts and the lighting of a six-foot-tall chocolate Menorah. You can find out more about the event and register here.

Address: Seaport District

7. Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is a center for promoting and celebrating Jewish culture in New York City, and this year it is hosting a family-friendly Hanukkah day featuring art workshops and concerts. On December 3 from 11:00 am to 15:30 pm, children and adults will be able to create holiday sculptures from a playful mix of found objects, inspired by the current exhibition Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte! In addition, the program will feature other types of arts and crafts, as well as a performance by the group Mister G. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit here.

Address: 1109 5th Ave &, E 92nd St.

8. Hanukkah at Jane's Carousel

Hosted by Chabad of DUMBO, this family-friendly Dec. 20 event features an ice menorah lighting at 16:30 p.m., free rides, and arts and crafts for children. A $20 donation is recommended. More about this - here.

Address: Jane's Carousel, New Dock Street Brooklyn

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