Can’t Miss NYC Hanukkah Events 2017

Eight nights of Hanukkah mean eight nights to go out and enjoy holiday happenings. From the best potato latkes New York has to offer to the world’s biggest menorah, the Big Apple won’t disappoint this holiday season.

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Manhattan

What: Light Up the Night Hanukkah Gala
Where: Museum of Jewish Heritage
When: Thursday, Dec. 14, 8pm-12am
Why Go: Get gussied up for the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s annuals Hanukkah Gala. The black-tie optional event includes dinner, dancing, open bar and a high-end silent auction. Buy tickets online. Click to go

What: The Fire and Ice Hanukkah Celebration
Where: Highline Ballroom
When: Thursday, Dec. 14, 8pm
Why Go: This is not your Bubbe’s Hanukkah party. Expect fire dancing, fire breathing, juggling, drink specials and a chocolate dessert bar. Tickets to the event double as raffle tickets. Guests are encouraged to bring gently used coats for the event’s coat drive. Click to go

What: Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Dinner
Where: Bronfman Center for Jewish Life
When: Friday, Dec. 15, 6pm
Why Go: Celebrate the Festival of Lights by cracking your glow sticks, singing and dining on latkes. Don’t forget your flashlight! Click to go

What: Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel!
Where: Children’s Museum of Manhattan
When: Friday, Dec. 16, 8am-5pm
Why Go: Celebrate Hanukkah with your little ones. Children ages 6 and up are invited to learn about the history of Hanukkah. They’ll also get to design their own spinning top and learn dreidel rules. Click to go

What: The Three Bears Holiday Bash
Where: Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
When: Various dates in December
Why Go: Enjoy this holiday show for everyone. The Three Bear Holiday Bash combines themes of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa for an inclusive holiday experience. Buy tickets online. Click to go

Brooklyn

What: World’s Largest Menorah Lighting
Where: Grand Army Plaza
When: Tuesday, Dec. 12-Tuesday, Dec. 19
Why Go: Each night of Hanukkah you can got to Grand Army Plaza to witness the lighting of the 32-foot menorah. Instead of XXL candles, a crane will hoist an oil lamp to the top of the menorah to light it. Click to go

What: The 9th annual Latke Festival
Where: Brooklyn Museum
When: Monday, Dec. 18, 6-8:30pm
Why Go: It’s time to determine the best latke in NYC. Eat latkes to your heart’s content, enjoy drinks and vote for your favorite. A panel of celebrity judges will have the final say in the matter. Proceeds benefit The Sylvia Center, a non-profit organization that teaches healthy eating habits to children and families. Click to go