Skate with the Dreidel at Hanukkah on Ice. Photo courtesy of Chabad Lubavitch
Skate with the Dreidel at Hanukkah on Ice. Photo courtesy of Chabad Lubavitch

Hanukkah Celebrations and Menorah Lightings for NYC Families

New York City knows how to celebrate the holidays, and Hanukkah (or Chanukah—did you know there are more than 20 different spelling variations?) is no exception. The Festival of Lights arrives late in 2019, with the first night on Sunday, December 22. However you spell it, we've rounded up 20 ways to celebrate this wonderful Jewish holiday, and many of them are free.

Of note this year: there's the brilliant Menorah on the High Line, and the South Street Seaport District's awesome Hanukkah Party. We also have the annual mainstays, from the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah Lighting to Chanukah on Ice and Bright Lights, Big Menorah

As always, click through for time, price, and more event details.

Essex Market
88 Essex Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002

The High Line
The Porch at 15th Street

Yellowstone Park
6801 Yellowstone Blvd.
Queens, NY 11375

Grand Army Plaza
Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy. and Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

Grand Army Plaza
Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street
New York, NY

City Point
445 Albee Square West
Brooklyn, NY

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Sutton Place Park
East 57th Street and Sutton Place South
New York, NY 10022

Lasker Rink
Central Park south of the Farmers Gate entrance on 110th Street and Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10065

South Street Seaport
207 Front St
New York, NY 10038

Marks JCH of Bensonhurst
7802 Bay Parkway
Brooklyn, NY, NY 11214

Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York , NY 10021

Ohel Jaffa Family Campus
1268 East 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY

Jewish Children's Museum
792 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Museum of The City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Theater at 14th St Y
344 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003

Whole Foods Market
808 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10025

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets
New York, NY

Center for Jewish History and Yeshiva University Museum
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Central Park
Bethesda Fountain mid park at 72nd St
New York, NY
Bronx Zoo: Boo at the Zoo
The Bronx Zoo - 11:00 AM Pick
Jack and the Beanstalk
Puppetworks Inc. - 12:30 PM Pick
Thursday Afternoon Family Fun
Rockefeller Park - 3:00 PM Pick
Mozart for Munchkins at Greenwich House Music School
Greenwich House Music School Garden - various times Pick
Mommy Poppins' Back to School Fair 2020
Online - various times Pick
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