Lighting the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

November 17, 2022 Desiree Homer

Another holiday tradition to behold in New York City is the public lighting of the world’s largest Hanukkah Menorah. And there are a host of public lighting ceremonies around NYC now throughout the Hanukkah season.

Hanukkah in New York City, 2022

You don’t have to be of the faith to enjoy the awesome displays and various lighting festivities celebrating Hanukkah. And beginning December 18th and at sundown every day through December 26th, there will be plenty to see throughout NYC. 

Public Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremonies will be taking place at Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, in Manhattan, in Prospect Park, and in Brooklyn.

The Manhattan Menorah lightings typically begin at 5:30 PM (Fridays at 3:30 PM and Saturdays at 8:00 PM.)

Brooklyn Menorah lightings usually begin around 6:00 PM (Fridays at 3:30 PM and Saturdays at 7:00 PM.)

Probably the most impressive lighting ceremony is right in front of the Plaza Hotel. There, you’ll behold the world’s largest Menorah, standing 32 feet high. This gold-colored and 4,000-pound traditional icon represents the start of the Hanukkah season. And every evening throughout the week-long celebration, a candle will be lit for the world to see.

Where: Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue, and 59th Street

When: December 18th through December 26th

Prospect Park Menorah Lighting

If you plan on attending the Prospect Park Menorah lighting, festivities will kick off with a concert. There will also be latkes and fun for the kids on December 18th, beginning at 4:00 PM. These celebrations will continue throughout the Hanukkah season. Visit the website for more information and times.

About Hanukkah Tradition

The season of Hanukkah is rooted in religious tradition. The Menorah holds nine candles. And throughout the nine days of festivities, a new candle will be lit, starting with the middle candle, called the shamash, which is typically used to light the others. The lighting ceremony, occurring every evening, is also accompanied by traditional blessings, favorite songs, and culturally delightful treats. Latkes are a staple, often enjoyed with applesauce or sour cream. And there are jelly donuts to celebrate the miracle of the oil.

Children are especially fond of Hanukkah celebrations since gifts traditionally exchange with the lighting of the candles. The dreidel is a festive toy that spins like a top and determines which gifts are given to the littles. 

If you’re looking for family-friendly holiday festivities in and around New York City, you’ll definitely want to witness the lighting of the world’s largest Menorah.

And remember, for all your private and social events, from weddings to bar/bat mitzvahs, let the EMRG Media team be your event planner!

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