Dec 24, 2016
—Jan 1, 2017

World's Largest Hanukkah Menorahs


Grand Army Plaza
Fifth Avenue and W 59th Street
Manhattan, NY

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Both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Grand Army Plazas host competitors in the race for the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah. Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon across the street from The Plaza hotel (Manhattan) to kick off the Jewish Festival of Lights; lightings for that one generally take place at 5:30pm, though it's around 3:30pm on Friday and 8pm on Saturday, bookending the Sabbath. Across the East River, go to the top of Prospect Park to see its similarly sized rival illuminated; lightings are at 6pm most evenings, with Friday’s at 3:30pm and Saturday’s at 7pm. The Brooklyn organizers typically host a kickoff concert prior to the lighting on Hanukkah’s first night, at which they serve potato pancakes.

Grand Army Plaza. Photo: Julienne Schaer

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