Hanukkah Events and Activities in the New York City Area
Celebrate Hanukkah with your family at these events in the New York metro area.
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Christmas Tree and Hanukkah Menorah
WHEN: Nov. 27- Jan. 6, 2021, Thursdays and Fridays, 12-7pm
WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., Upper East Side
WHAT: The Met continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a magnificently lit, twenty-foot blue spruce that looms over a vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene, enshrined in an abundant array of lifelike figures with silk-robed angels hovering above. Recorded Christmas music adds to the enjoyment of the holiday display. The Met will also have a spectacular silver Hanukkah Menorah on display, generously on loan from the Moldovan Family Collection. Both beautiful and functional, this remarkable lamp was created in 1866 through 1872 in Lemberg (Lviv), Eastern Europe. Its rich history connects the lamp to centuries of Hanukkah celebrations across Jewish communities throughout the world.
WANT TO GO? Residents of NY, NJ, and CT, pay as you wish; $25 adults; $17 seniors; $12 students; Free for members, patrons, and children younger than 12.
Hudson Yards Hanukkah Celebration
WHEN: Dec. 10-18, 12-6pm
WHERE: Hudson Yards, between 10th and 11th Ave. between 30th and 34th Street
WHAT: Hudson Yards welcomes visitors to experience The Festival of Lights featuring a 6-foot menorah displayed on the Public Square and Gardens with lightings every evening at sundown. An array of traditional foods will be available fromWilliam Greenberg: jelly donuts, blue and white cookies, Hanukkah-themed cookies, cupcakes and gelt, Katz’s Delicatessen: Pastrami and turkey sandwiches with matzo ball soup, Miznon: giant potato latkes with sour cream cooked over a fire pit, and Neapolitan Express: rugelach cookies. Rabbi Herman from Hudson Yards Synagogue will speak Live on the first night of Hanukkah, December 10th, at 4:00 PM and will “light” the menorah.
WANT TO GO? hudsonyardsnewyork.com
Chanukah Family Fest
WHEN: Dec. 13-17, Sunday-Tuesday, 10am-1:30pm and 2-5pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Pkway, Brooklyn
AGE: Pre-school and younger, young elementary, tween, teen
WHAT: It’s Chanukah! It’s time for festive celebrations and family fun. Join the Jewish Children’s Museum for the ultimate Chanukah family experience. Get into the holiday spirit by decorating a mouth-watering holiday donut. Discover the art of olive oil making in a fascinating and interactive workshop. Challenge yourself, your family, and your friends in a sounds-and-lights-filled entertaining game show. Step into a world of wonder as you explore the museum’s unique exhibits, and help create a Chanukah mural on a Menorah. Due to Covid19 there will be timed tickets.
WANT TO GO? $15, timed tickets
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
WHAT: Kick off the first night of Chanukah with a Concert at 5pm and then stay for the lighting of Brooklyn's largest Menorah! Every night of Chanukah will be celebrated with live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children.
WANT TO GO? Free.
Christmas Tree Lighting and Lighting of the Menorah Ceremony
WHEN: Dec. 8, 4:30-6pm
WHERE: Inc. Village of Hempstead
WHAT: Please join Mayor Don Ryan and Rabbi Abe (Beth Israel) to celebrate the holidays! RSVP for more information.
WANT TO GO? Free
WHEN: Dec. 10-17, Thursday, 6pm; Friday, 3:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday-Thursday, 6pm
WHERE: Andrew J. Parise Park, 257 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst
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 Chanukah. Individually wrapped donuts and dreidels will be given out to the children!
WANT TO GO? Free
Celebrate Chanukah with Car Menorah Parade Followed by Annual Grand Menorah Lighting
WHEN: Dec. 10, 5pm
WHERE: The Chai Center and Chabad of Mid-Suffolk, 318 Veterans Memorail Highway, Commack
WHAT: Cars line up at 5:00PM at Chabad of Mid-Suffolk (318 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY), and leave at 6:00PM to go to The Chai Center (501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY). 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. Donuts 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. 5:00 PM Cars line up at Chabad of Mid-Suffolk in Commack; 6:00 PM Cars leave to go to The Chai Center in Dix Hills; 6:45 PM Grand Outdoor Menorah Lighting at The Chai Center
WANT TO GO? Free
Menorah Car Parade
WHEN: Dec. 13, 2020, 10:30am, set up; 11am, parade begins
WHERE: Chabad Of Port Washington
WHAT: Sign up to be a part of the Car Parade and celebrate Chanukah. It will be an experience to remember! Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? $20 per car; free for Chabad Hebrew School Families
Drive In Chanukah Experience
WHEN: Dec. 13, 5pm
WHERE: 100 Palisades St., Dobbs Ferry
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? Free
WHEN: Dec. 13, 5-5:45pm
WHERE: Chabad of Rivertowns, 303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
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. RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? $36 suggested donation per car