Now that we’re starting to see things return to normal, it’s time to start participating in familiar holiday activities. One of these activities is the traditional Menorah Lighting ceremony. This fun activity starts at Chanukah for the Jewish community and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home or social distance in the community. The following is a list of where you and your family can watch Menorah Lighting ceremonies in NYC, Westchester, and Long Island Beach.
Where to Watch Menorah Lighting Ceremonies
Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah-In-Person – Prospect Park
Visit Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah Lighting at Grand Army Plaza. Since 1985, thousands have gathered to watch the lighting of this giant menorah. Everyone is invited to join the 36th annual celebration where there will be live music, delicious latkes, and gifts for the kids. The first lighting ceremony will begin at 4pm on November 28. And the best part of this event? It’s all free!
70 Prospect Park West #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Chanukah On Ice NYC– Central Park
Celebrate the festival of Ice lights at Wollman Rink Park. Go for complimentary Kosher food served throughout the night, live Jewish music, and a giant Ice Menorah, carved by the hand of Bill Bywater. Everyone over 12 years of age must bring proof of their vaccination or recent PCR Test. This event will be held on the second night at Chanukah, Nov. 29 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $ 22 if you RSVP online ($ 30 with skate rental) and $ 28 At the door ($ 35 with skate rental).
Wollman Rink, at the southeast end of Central Park, NYC
Menorah Lighting – Stuytown
The Stuytowns Menorah Lighting ceremony is back in person this year! They hosted a Menorah Lighting ceremony at Stuytown Oval. Grab your Menorah and some candles and join at 6pm on November 28th to participate.
Virtual Menorah Lighting – Stuytown
If you still want to participate in a Menorah Lighting but you want to avoid the crowds this year, here is a virtual Menorah Lighting option. Stuytown is hosting a virtual Menorah Lighting ceremony via Zoom and Instagram. Grab your Menorah and some candles and join at 6pm on December 10 to participate from the safety of your home.
It’s time to fire up the Menorah! They include Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, Jr. and Rabbi Abe (Beth Israel) at the lighting ceremony! The event is free and will take place on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
99 James A. Garner Way 11550 Hempstead, New York (Village)
Chanukah in Central Park – Central Park
If you’re looking for an outdoor Chanukah lighting ceremony, check out the Emanu-El Congregation in New York City. Their Chanukah ceremony will take place in Central Park this year with fun for the little ones where they will learn how to make dreidels and learn a new dance before simultaneously lighting the Menorah. There will be delicious food trucks, face painting, crafts, and a photo booth for participants to enjoy. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 29, and is suitable for children in grades 2 and below and their families.
Central Park – Enter Rumsey Playfield at 72nd and 5th Ave.
See the Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Cedarhurst Park. This social distance activity begins on the first night of Chanukah with the lighting of the Menorah with Chabad in the Five Cities. There will be giveaways, music, and more. Masks are required for participation. The Menorah Lighting ceremony will begin Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.
257 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst, NY
Grand Menorah Parade-In-Person- Commack
If you’re looking for another fun, social distance activity, celebrate the first night of Chanukah with the Car Menorah Parade. The car line-up will begin at 5 p.m. in Chabad in Mid-Suffolk (318 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY), and leave at 6 p.m. to go to The Chai Center (501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY). The parade will end with Grand Menorah Lighting to be held at The Chai Center parking lot at 6:45 p.m. Tune your radio to hear the parade music while enjoying delicious donuts and latkes. If you want your car to be part of the parade, register your car in advance.
318 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY
Drive-In Menorah Lighting Ceremony-In Person – Beach Bar
Start the first night of Chanukah with Drive-In Menorah Lighting and Concert. Watch the Menorah light up a giant, 20 ft LED screen from the comfort of your car. The event will also feature live music and a light show. A pre-packaged kit with donuts, latkes, dreidels, chocolate gelt, and menorah will be provided to each participating vehicle. To participate in this event, pre-register for the event Chabadpw.org/Chanukah2020. There is an admission fee of $ 20 per vehicle. The event will begin at 4:30 pm on Dec. 5, doors will open at 3:45.
80 Road, Port Washington, NY
Fire and Ice Chanukah Drive-In-In Person – Dobbs Ferry
Check out the Chanukah Drive-In celebration! This interactive, family-friendly activity can be experienced through the safety of your own car. Along with the Menorah Lighting ceremony, the event will feature a dazzling fire show, a giant ice Menorah, a live sculpture demo, and even a concert performed on a giant screen. RSVP for this unique, free event starting at 4pm, November 28th.
303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY