The Best Chanukah Celebrations In NYC

The Best Chanukah Celebrations In NYC

New York City certainly knows how to throw a party so we guess it comes as no surprise that the Chanukah celebrations are aplenty. The Jewish holiday begins on December 16th and the celebrations continue through December 24th. Here’s our picks for the best ways to celebrate Chanukah in NYC. By Carly Petrone.

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Gotham Comedy Club

208 W. 23rd St.
New York, NY
10011

212-367-9000
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Spend the last night of Chanukah laughing the night away at Gotham Comedy Club. Watch as some of New York’s funniest Jewish comedians hit the stage, including Marion Grodin, Jared Freid, Louis Katz, Sam Morril, and Chloe Hilliard. Choose from one of two shows at 7:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (includes 2 beverage minimum) and doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Chanukah on Ice NYC
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Central Park

Trump Wollman Ice Rink
New York, NY

212-864-5010
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Take a spin around the Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park as the first light of Chanukah is lit on December 16th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Skate to the sounds of Ta Shma Orchestra and enjoy complimentary kosher food throughout the evening. Where else can will you get to join in on the lighting of a giant ice menorah? Plus, it doesn’t get any better than celebrating the festival of lights in the heart of NYC. Skate rentals are $25 online, $28 at the door and kids under 3 are free.

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Capitale

130 Bowery
New York, NY
10013

212-334-5500
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Dress up in your holiday best because the 28th Annual The Matzo Ball NYC is heading to Capitale on December 24th at 9 p.m. Those looking for love will be happy to know that this is the nation’s leading Jewish single’s event. Tickets are $40 and the party goes all night long until 4 a.m. It’s time to start dating the old-fashioned way: face-to-face. What a concept, huh? VIP and bottle service is available.

Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah
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Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY
10019

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Celebrate the first night of Chanukah at Grand Army Plaza. Join Rabbi Shimon Hecht, community leaders, philanthropists and specials guests, in lighting the 32-foot tall menorah. There will be live music and plenty of hot latkes for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to bring your little ones because special gifts will also be distributed to every child. Event begins at 6 p.m. Please check website for future lighting schedules through December 24th.

6th Annual Latke Festival
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Metropolitan Pavilion

125 W. 18th St.
New York, NY
10011

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Make sure you come hungry to the 6th Annual Latke Festival happening December 15th at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Watch as restaurants create their version of everyone’s favorite holiday treat and vie for “Best Latke, People’s Choice” and “Best Latke, Judges’ Choice.” Net proceeds will benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching children how to cook and eat well. Wondering what’s on the menu? Here’s just a few of what the chefs will be cooking: Chef George Weld of Egg is whipping up Country Ham Latke with Spiced Fig Sauce; Chef Esther Choi of Mokbar is making Pork Potato with Beef Short Rib Chorizo & Chipotle Crema; and Chef Gabe Stulman of Joseph Leonard is wowing tasters with his Tailgate Sundays: Caraway Spiked Latke with Brats, Beer Mustard & Crispy Onion. Sounds like this is going to be competitive! Tickets start at $60 and event goes from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Keep up on Twitter with #LatkeFest @GPfood.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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