Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorahs

December 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Grand Army Plaza

Fifth Avenue and 59th Street
Manhattan, NY 10019


NYCGO Logo Both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Grand Army Plazas serve as host to competitors in the race for 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 annual Jewish Festival of Lights; lightings for that one generally take place at 5:30pm, though Friday's is around 3:30pm and Saturday's at 8:30pm, bookending the Sabbath. Across the East River, go to the traffic circle at the top of Prospect Park to see its similarly sized rival illuminated; lightings are at 6pm most evenings, with Friday's at 3pm and Saturday's at 7pm. The Brooklyn organizers typically host a kickoff concert on Hanukkah's first night. For more information, visit

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  • Free

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