This is such a wonderful time to take your family to New York City! I don’t know of any other city that is hustling and bustling this much during the holidays!
Next week on Tuesday December 20th, the first candle will be lit on The World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah. The Menorah will be standing between Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, by Central Park, between the Plaza and Pierre Hotels. All weekday lightings are at 5:30 PM, with the last lighting taking place on December 27th.
The 32-foot high, gold colored, 4,000 pound steel structure will be lit nightly with genuine oil lamps. Specially designed glass chimneys will protect the Hanukkah lights from the Central Park winds.
Due to the height of the Menorah, it will be lit nightly with the help of a Con Edison “cherry-picker” crane as well as two lifts that lift the lighters to the “Menorah Heights.”
The Menorah which was specially designed by world renowned artist Yaacov Agam who lit the Menorah many times, was certified by Guinness World Records as the World’s Largest. It was inspired by a hand drawing by the Rambam (Maimonides) of the original Menorah in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem.
Besides the lighting, on Thursday, December 22, if you want to treat your kids to some additional fun, the Grand Menorah Parade of 25 Menorah Mitzvah Tanks and 100 Menorah vehicles will take place. The Parade will leave Lubavitch World Headquarters at 6:00 pm and will pass by the World’s Largest Chanukah Menorah at 7:30 pm.
On Sunday December 25th, a special Hanukkah celebration will take place at the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah. The celebration will include live music, singing and dancing, “Chanukah Gelt” for the children and hot “Latkes” (potato pancakes) will be distributed to everyone.
SOURCE Jewish News Agency