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How to celebrate Hanukkah in New York: the best events


Alina Prikhodko

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Just one night of celebration? Well, I do not. Hanukkah means you have over a week to have fun and celebrate. Time-out has compiled a list of the best New York events to celebrate Hanukkah.

Hanukkah 2023 will begin on December 7, 2023 and end on December 15, 2023. Every year, in honor of Hanukkah, two huge menorahs are lit in New York: one in Manhattan, the other in Brooklyn.


The biggest in the world Hanukkah menorah is located at the Grand Army Plaza on 59th Street (across from the Plaza Hotel) for all eight days of the festival of lights.

The giant menorah will be lit after sunset each evening of Hanukkah, starting Thursday, December 7th. Each day a new candle will be lit until all eight are lit on the final night of the holiday.

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Lighting ceremonies will take place at 17:30 pm until Monday, December 11th. The next day, Tuesday, six candles will be lit at 15:30. Wednesday, December 13 – at 20:30, and the last night of the holiday will be marked by a lighting extravaganza at 17:30. Crowds of people are expected to gather around the huge candelabra every day.


Brooklyn residents will be able to admire the largest menorah in the city, which will be installed in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza, right behind Prospect Park.

In true Brooklyn style, there will be a formal Hanukkah kickoff concert on Thursday, December 7th at 17:00 pm followed by a menorah lighting ceremony at 18:00 pm. Free latkes, as well as gifts for children, will be given out every evening throughout the holiday.

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On Friday, the Brooklyn lighting ceremony will take place at 15:30 p.m., followed by Saturday at 19:15 p.m., Sunday at 17 p.m., and the remaining holiday evenings at 00 p.m.

Hanukkah on Ice in Central Park

Head to Wollman Rink on Tuesday, December 12th for an evening of “Chanukah on Ice”. You'll be able to skate to live Jewish music while accompanied by a life-size dreidel mascot. Guests will enjoy free hot drinks, delicious food from Famous Pita and donuts.

Ticket price is $35 per person (children under 2 years old are free).
Ticket sales end on December 11 at 23:59.
Online registration only; ticket sales at the entrance are prohibited this year.

Hanukkah in Children's Museum Manhattan

Celebrate Hanukkah at the Children's Museum of Manhattan from Friday, December 8th to Sunday, December 10th. Special programs will mark the beginning of Hanukkah. Children will learn about the origins of the dreidel game, sing songs and hear stories. Activities include creating sculptures and telling a story based on the book “Latke the Happy Dog.” Check the museum's website for exact times of events.

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