Chanukah Events and Menorah Lightings in New York 2023

Chanukah Events and Menorah Lightings in New York 2022
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Chanukah Events and Menorah Lightings Near Me 2023

We have all the Chanukah Events and Menorah Lightings in New York that are near, in and around New York City for families to enjoy this holiday season.

Psst… Looking for more holiday events? Check out Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightings in Staten Island!


Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Dinner

The 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side
Friday, Dec. 1, 5:30 pm
All ages

It’s a Chanukah extravaganza of music, glow sticks, latkes, and light! Gather ‘round to sing and share blessings, followed by a catered dinner, wine (for the adults!), dancing, crafts, and of course, glow sticks galore! 

Hanukkah Family Day

The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave & E 92nd St., Upper East Side
Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 am – 3:30 pm
Ages 3 and older
$18; $12 senior; $8 student; free for ages 18 and younger and members

Celebrate the festival of lights through art-making and music at the Jewish Museum!

Build a holiday sculpture with a playful mix of found objects inspired by the exhibition Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte! and by Hanukkah menorahs in the Museum’s collection, design bold printed cards, paint metallic light images on canvas, dance to the bilingual pop tunes of Mister G, sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe, enjoy gallery activities, and collaborate on a giant mixed-media work of art. 

77th Annual Menorah on the High Line

The High Line, 15th St. and 10th Ave., Chelsea
Thursday, Dec. 7, 5 pm
All ages

Come out for a Chanukah Celebration on the High Line. Chanukah Donuts, hot cocoa, chocolate gelt and dreidels for all, and a grand Menorah lighting! Plus, music by the Noah Solomon Band.

Hanukkah Celebration at CMOM

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W 83rd St., Upper West Side
Dec. 8-10, Friday-Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
All ages
Included with admission: $13-$16

Celebrate the start of Hanukkah and learn the origins of the dreidel game and its importance as it was used to protect freedom. Discover the songs and story books the game has inspired. 

Family Chanukah Celebration

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side
Friday, Dec. 8, 11 – 11:45 am
Ages 5 and younger
$15 per child; free for children younger than 1
Pre-registration is required

Join the Marlene Meyerson JCC for a family Chanukah celebration complete with storytelling, activities, and special Chanukah treats. 

Chanukah Festival: Bring in the Light!

The 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side
Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 am
All ages

This annual event is bursting with crafts, entertainment, make-your-own holiday treats, a live Chanukah Game Show, a special Chanukah Israeli folk dance performance, opportunities to give back, and more.

Hanukkah Celebration

Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St., Battery Park City
Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 am – 2 pm
All ages

Come out for a special Hanukkah event in Hudson Eats, with live music featuring Zisl Slepovitch’s Klezmer Ensemble, art-making, photo ops and festive offerings for everyone to enjoy!

Chanukah Menorah Lighting Activities

South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St., Downtown Manhattan
Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 am – 5 pm
All ages
Advanced registration requested 

Get into the festive spirit with creative family activities in honor of the annual neighborhood Chanukah Menorah Lighting, which will take place on the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17, from 3–5pm.

Aboard the Seaport Museum’s 1885 tall ship Wavertree at Pier 16, families and visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in the creative fun by crafting your own baggywrinkle, charming maritime-inspired decorations perfect for holiday decorations, using festive colored yarn.

Baggywrinkle, traditionally made from unraveled ropes, is a ships’ tool used to safeguard sails from damage.

Sunday Story Time: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side
Sunday, Dec. 10, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ages 3-6
Included with admission: $24; $19 seniors; $13 students; $6 ages 5-13; free for children younger than 5

Enjoy a reading of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel, with illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman.

In this story, the traditional Jewish folk hero Hershel of Ostropol arrives in a small village on the first night of Hanukkah and discovers that a group of goblins have taken over the synagogue and forbidden the villagers from celebrating.

Hershel is determined to outwit the goblins and save Hanukkah! Come find out if he succeeds, and after the story, make your own Hanukkah dreidel!

Chanukah on Ice NYC

Central Park Wollman Rink, 830 5th Ave., Upper East Side
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6 – 9 pm
All ages
$32 ages 3 and older
Advanced registration required

Come out for an evening of ice skating and Chanukah fun for the whole family. Participants will skate to the sounds of Jewish music, while kosher food will be distributed from the concession.

The crowd will participate in the lighting of a hand-carved six foot tall Ice Menorah, accompanied by music and prayers for Israel.

Chanukah at Chelsea Green

The Chelsea Green Park, 140 W 20th St., Chelsea
Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30 pm
All ages

Celebrate Chanukah with a grand Menorah lighting, Chanukah crafts, latkes & donuts, chocolate gelt, and dreidels for all!


Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale Giant Menorah Lighting

The Bell Monument at Bell Tower Park, W. 239th St. & Riverdale Ave., Riverdale
Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 pm
All ages

Celebrate Chanukah with hot latkas, donuts, live music and the lighting of the menorah!


Klezmer Brunch Revival: Chanukah Edition

pinkFROG cafe, 221 North 9th St., Williamsburg
Sunday, Dec. 3, 12 – 2 pm
All ages
$20; $10 child

Join the neighborhood and musical guests Daphna Mor and The Shul Band for a holiday Klezmer brunch concert over bagels and jelly donuts. This family-friendly event will bring together an all-star group of Jewish musicians to get you into the Chanukah spirit.

Daphna Mor will lend her virtuoso recorder playing and vocals to The Shul Band’s high energy sound. They will collaborate on Klezmer songs, Sephardic grooves, Chanukah specials, and more.

Hanukkah Community Arts Festival

Hannah Senesh Community Day School, 342 Smith St., Red Hook
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 – 3:30 pm
All ages
$5 per child over 2 years old to be paid at the door (no charge for parents/caregivers)
Advanced registration required

Come out for an afternoon full of family fun with holiday-focused art workshops. Enjoy step-by-step art stations for projects such as cookie decorating, dreidel painting, menorah crafting, along with music, storytime, yummy snacks, and so much more! 

Chanukah Family Fest

Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Pkwy., Crown Heights
Dec. 7-14, Sundays – Thursdays, 10 am – 5:30 pm
All ages
$17 child; $15 adult; $14 seniors 65 and older
Advanced Reservation Required

Join the Jewish Children’s Museum for the ultimate Chanukah family experience. Decorate a mouth-watering holiday donut, discover the art of olive oil making in a fascinating and interactive workshop, and don’t forget to get crafty!

Make your own Chanukah Gelt Bag, and step into a world of wonder as you explore the museum’s unique Jewish, and Chanukah exhibits.

1st Night Chanukah Concert @ The Largest Menorah

Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
Dec. 7, 5 – 7 pm; Dec. 8, 3:30 pm; Dec. 9, 7:15 pm; Dec. 10, 5 – 7 pm; Dec. 11 – 14, 6 pm.
All ages

The Largest Menorah in Brooklyn has been towering over New York since 1985 and is a must on everyone’s calendar. Every night of Chanukah thousands celebrate with the accompaniment of live music and hot latkes for all. Special gifts are distributed to every child.

Making this a family celebration and a must on everyone’s calendar. For the 1st Night of Chanukah, there is a special free concert with world renowned Jewish musicians begins at 5:00 pm.

Ice Menorah Lighting

Industry City Courtyard ⅚, 51 35th St., Sunset Park
Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 – 6 pm
All ages

Celebrate Hanukkah with Chabad of Sunset Park and see the lighting of a giant ice menorah!


Chanukah Festival at Commonpoint Queens

Commonpoint Queens Central Queens, 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills
Sunday, Dec. 10, 12 – 3 pm
All ages
Pre-registration is requested.

Bring the family to this annual Chanukah Festival and enjoy inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts, games, children’s entertainment, information about programs, and more! Snacks will be available for purchase.

Chanukah Spectacular!

Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-44 47th Road, Long Island City
Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 – 5:30 pm
All ages

Come out for the 4th night of Chanukah with a Gelt Drop from a Fire Truck, gourmet doughnut bar, silver menorah raffle, Chanukah treats, dreidel mascot, performance by City Gan Preschool and Chabad LIC Hebrew School, and the lighting of the menorah.

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