Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah NYC

Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah NYC

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Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah NYC Summary

Event Overview: Standing 32 feet tall and weighing two tons (4,000 lbs.), the golden Hannukah Menorah NYC is by far the world's largest menorah. It's so large, in fact, that it must be lit with a cherry picker. The Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah NYC begins weekdays at 5:30pm and features live music, folk dancing, and sweet sufganiyot (jelly donuts).

What to Expect: A lively celebration. Aside from singing and dancing, you can expect Chanukah Gelt for the children and hot Latkes (potato pancakes) for everyone.

  • Food: Besides Chanukah Gelt and Latkes, you can expect other traditional Hanukkah foods, such as sufganiyot, to be available for purchase. There's something for the kids, too.
  • Different Times on Friday and Saturday: In accordance with Jewish law, the Hannukah Menorah NYC will be lit at 3:45pm on Friday (before the Sabbath starts) and at 8:30pm on Saturday (when the Sabbath ends). Be sure to take this into account when you're making plans.

Inside Knowledge: The miracle of Hanukkah has been celebrated publicly in New York City for many years. However, it was only in 2007 that the Lubavitch Youth Organization commissioned the building of the world's largest menorah. The 32-foot-tall, 4,000 lb. Hannukah Menorah NYC is the work of Israeli artist Yaacov Agam. This huge candelabra is lit with oil lamps protected from the wind by specially designed glass chimneys.

Event Hints:

  • Dress Warmly: Bear in mind, as you dress for this event, that the Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah NYC will take place outdoors, in potentially below-freezing temperatures. Be sure to layer clothes or wear well-insulated clothing.
  • Bring the Kids: What better way to inspire awe in children than to bring them to the Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah NYC, where they'll see the largest menorah in the world? This NYC celebration is perfect for kids, who will enjoy the singing, dancing, and hot potato pancakes that are provided at the lighting ceremony.
  • Go for a Ride: After watching the Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah NYC, why not go for a delightful carriage ride through Central Park? The carriages are only a few steps away.

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Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah NYC

Until Dec 24


Central Park
Fifth Ave & 59th St
New York, US
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Event Dates

Dec 16,2014 - Dec 24,2014

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The World's Largest Menorah at the Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah NYC

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Event Quick Facts

  • The Menorah Lighting New York features the world's largest menorah, which stands 32 feet tall.
  • The lighting of the Hannukah Menorah NYC is accompanied by folk dancing and sufganiyot (holiday jelly donuts).
  • Admission to the lighting of the Hannukah Menorah NYC is free.

Nearest Transit:
5th Ave-59 St (N, Q, R)

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