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!