Happy Hanukkah!

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah and there are tons of events going on around the city! Two of our top picks come from Time Out New York Kids - the ice menorah in Central Park sounds particularly spectacular...

Lighting of Brooklyn's Largest Menorah
Celebrate the Festival of Lights around a giant menorah, which will be lit at Grand Army Plaza each night of Hanukkah. The fanfare surrounding the nightly event includes live music and hot latkes. Tue Dec 20 at 5:45pm, Wed Dec 21–Tue Dec 28 at 6pm. Grand Army Plaza at Flatbush Ave and Prospect Park West, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-965-9836,chabadparkslope.com). Free.

Chanukah on Ice
Families can celebrate the eight-day fest by taking a spin around the ice rink in Central Park and watching as a giant ice menorah is lit for the first night of Hanukkah. A light dinner, donuts and hot beverages are included in the evening's festivities. Tue Dec 20 6–9pm. Wollman Rink, 830 Fifth Ave at East Dr (212-864-5010, chanukahonicenyc.com). $25, children ages 3–13 $20; in advance $22, children ages 3–13 $18.

Above is one of our favorite menorahs from Pottery Barn Kids. It's completely kid-friendly since little fingers simply turn over the wooden blocks to reveal the flame, while learning about the significance of lighting the holiday candles!

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