Now that the pandemic-induced restrictions have been loosened, New Yorkers can soak in the Hannukah atmosphere this year, as Hanukkah begins on Sunday evening, Nov. 28. Among the numerous local celebrations, here are a select few events you can attend this year!
Visit Brooklyn’s Iconic Menorah: A free event for all, you can witness the lighting of Brooklyn’s largest Menorah by Chabad of Park Slope. The iconic 32-foot menorah can be seen each year at the Grand Army Plaza outside the entrance to Prospect Park. The kickoff party and concert will begin at 4:30 pm on Sunday, Nov. 28, and subsequent candle lightings will take place every night of Hanukkah after that, with music, latkes, and gifts for children.
Chanukah on Ice: For the 12th year in a row, Chanukah on Ice will feature live music, Hanukkah food, and a menorah lighting on Nov. 29, the second night of Hanukkah, at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Tickets cost $22 if booked in advance.
The Chabad of Clinton Hill Chanukah party: With a special highlight being a menorah carved out of ice, the Chabad of Clinton Hill Chanukah party on Sunday, Nov. 28. will begin at 5:30 PM with the carving and lighting of the unique menorah. Held across from 541 Myrtle Ave. in north-central Brooklyn, the party includes a magic show, latkes, sufganiyot giveaways, and music.
The New York Annual Latke Festival: Still to be announced with the exact dates and details, the last Latke Festival in 2019 featured more than 20 restaurants and organizations who competed for best latke in different categories. The festival is a charity event organized by Great Performances and will take place on December 6.
House of Yes’ Hanukkah party for the ages: Bushwick’s House of Yes is throwing a Hanukkah party for the ages with a special candle-lighting ceremony, live performances, “aerial spectacles,” latkes, and dancing. The event, which lasts from 9:00 pm until 4:00 am through the night of Dec. 5 to Dec. 6 is 21+ and proof of vaccination is required for entry.