In modern times, people celebrate Chanukah by lighting the menorah, spinning the dreidel for gelt and eating oil-rich foods such as potato pancakes—also known as latkes. Here are 4 ways you can celebrate Chanukah in New York City. By Carly Sitzer.

Annual Chanukah Soiree

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Tuesday, Dec. 20, 8:30 PM
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If you think Chanukah is just for kids, the JCC Manhattan is going to prove you wrong with their annual soiree. At this year’s celebration, hosted by The Grisly Pear, everyone will be treated to grown-up, festive fun such as an open bar, Chanukah treats, bar tending lessons and much more!

Chanukah on Ice

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Tuesday, Dec. 20, 6 PM
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Chabad of the West Side is teaming up with several other Jewish organizations in NYC to bring Chanukah on Ice again this year. On the first night of Chanukah, Chabad is inviting families to celebrate by skating under the stars to festive music and a giant, ice-carved menorah!

Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah

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Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Tuesday, Dec. 28, 6 PM
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If you don’t feel like braving the crowds of Rockefeller Center to see NYC’s largest Christmas tree, head over to Prospect Park to see Brooklyn’s largest menorah! Sponsered by Chabad in Brooklyn, everyone is welcome to light the colossal menorah every night of Chanukah!

The Matzo Ball

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Saturday, Dec. 24, 9 PM
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If you’re looking a young, Jewish professional looking for a way to celebrate Chanukah amidst Christmas and Christmas Eve—look no further! The Society of Young Jewish Professionals is hosting the 25th annual Matzo Ball, which is a networking and match-making event aimed at singles between ages 21 and 49. This year’s New York City ball is hosted at Capitale, but it’s only one of many Matzo Balls being thrown across the country!

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Comments (2)
  1. Kvetcher says:

    Don’t forget the annual December 25 Klez for Kids Family Concert at Eldridge Street.

  2. CN says:

    Except for the “World’s Largest Menorah” event, which is all 8 nights of Chanukah, one for each night is not really the case for your events. Chanukah starts the night of December 20 this year and the last night this year is December 27, but the events you list start on earlier nights, and don’t cover all the nights through.

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