Chanukah on the Upper West Side

Chanukah on the Upper West Side

December is right around the corner which means that it’s time to gear up for Chanukah on the Upper West Side! There are plenty of events to keep the party going for the full 8 days of the holiday. Read below to find some of the best events to attend this Chanukah. From ice skating in Central Park to a choir concert, you won’t want to miss any!

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Chanukah Celebration!

Jewish Community Center

Chanukah on the Upper West Side

Join the lively community at the JCC for their annual Chanuka festivities! The community center will host a different event each night of the holiday. Each activity is scheduled to begin at 5.15pm (4pm on Friday) and features a nightly candle lighting ceremony.

Some past events included jazz performances, wine tastings, a chant circle and Chanuka singing group, a pop-up Chanukah party, a Shabbat Shabbang Jr., and a choir concert. For more information on their events celebrating Chanukah on the Upper West Side, please click here.

Hummus Place

305 Amsterdam Ave.

Chanukah on the Upper West Side

The hummus at Hummus Place is exceptionally smooth and creamy. You can order it with a side of condiments such as olives, raw onions, pickles, or savory herbs. The combinations are virtually endless!

Sample a few of them by ordering their three-in-one platter, and don’t forget to accompany them with some warm pita bread. Try one of their homemade salads, malawachs, falafels, or shakshukas for a dish as authentic as you could find in Tel Aviv. The restaurant’s mom-and-pop cozy feel make this the perfect stop for a kosher meal.

Hanukkah Family Day

The Jewish Museum

Chanukah on the Upper West Side

Hanukkah Family Day at The Jewish Museum (right across the park, on 92nd and Fifth!) will take place on December 18 from 12 to 4PM at the Scheuer Auditorium. The family-friendly event showcases a Chanukah lamp that’s decorated with a cool array of funky objects.

Children will be able to participate in various arts and crafts activities as well as dance to the energetic music of ShirLaLa. She is an award-winning NY performer who incorporates interactive storytelling through her catchy pop/rock tunes. Kids will learn to dance like the flickering candles and sizzle like the hot latkes through ShirLaLa’s infectious melodies. Families will also be able to explore the museum’s famous collection of Hanukkah lamps. This event is a must-do for families looking to immerse their children in the history behind Chanukah.

Festival of Lights

West End Synagogue

Chanukah on the Upper West Side

The West End Synagogue’s annual Festival of Lights is a treat for those with little ones. The event organizes arts and crafts activities and workshops for kids. Adults will be able to partake in some dreidel games and communal singing.

Latkes and hot drinks will be served before and after the official lighting of the menorah. Attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food as a donation gift to the City Harvest. They are a not-for-profit organization that is operated by volunteers and provide food supplies to New York’s homeless community.

Chanukah on the Ice

Lasker Rink

Chanukah on the Upper West Side

Enjoy an evening of ice skating, live music, and classic Chanukah treats at the 10th annual Chanukah on the Ice celebration. This fun event is beloved by the Jewish community in New York City and will take place on Tuesday December 27 from 4 to 7PM.

Both of the rinks at Central Park’s Lasker Rink will be open for the special occasion. A giant ice menorah sculpture will be installed by the rinks and a special guest will light the candles. Attendees will also be able to play a giant game of Dreidel and rock out to the music of a renowned Jewish band.

The event will be organized by the Chabad of the West Side and is considered to be one of the most spectacular festivals celebrating Chanukah on the Upper West Side.

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Edgar Catasus

Edgar Catasus

Edgar Catasus is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).
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