Celebrate Hanukkah in Westchester at These Joyous Events

The festival of lights kicks off with Hanukkah happenings in Westchester, including menorah lightings, family fun, and plenty of latkes.

Happy Hanukkah to all our fellow latke lovers here in Westchester! Festivities are all lined up this year with the first night of Hanukkah arriving at sundown on December 7. To celebrate, Westchester gears up with two weeks of fun ways to mark the festival of lights.

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Temple Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle
December 7-14

For a more adult-focused evening, swing by Temple Israel of New Rochelle for Latkes & Vodkas. The returning favorite on December 7 is sort of like getting together with all your favorite relatives to enjoy a holiday dinner.

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On Tuesday, December 12, the temple will hold a candle lighting and Chanukah sing-along followed by a Chinese dinner at 6:15 p.m. The deadline to sign up for this event is Friday, December 8; RSVP on the website. Head to the Temple’s website for the full list of festive events.

Chanukah Shabbat Celebration (in-person and livestream)

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Rye
December 8, 7-8 p.m. 

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester in Rye will host its Shabbat Service Menorah Lighting both in person and via Zoom. The event is “B.Y.O.M.” or “Bring Your Own Menorah,” where guests can light their treasured family menorahs on the bima surrounded by congregants, joyful music, and much light and merriment.

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Menorah Lighting

Ridge Hill, Yonkers
December 7, 4-6 p.m.

Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at Ridge Hill with a traditional menorah-lighting ceremony. Celebrate with activities for all ages and scrumptious Hanukkah treats.


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Menorah Lighting

Gateway Shopping Center, Port Chester
December 7, 5:30 p.m.

Join the Village of Port Chester in the courtyard at the Gateway Shopping Center for a lighting of the menorah. Rabbi Ben Goldberg and Cantor Alexis K. Sklar from Congregation KTI will be in attendance. Refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods.

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Hanukkah Shabbat Dinner

JCCMW, Scarsdale
December 8, 5-6:30 p.m.

Join the Mid-Westchester JCC for its Shabbat and Hanukkah celebration dinner. The dinner will connect guests with Israel through latkes and Hanukkah songs. Secure your spot by registering by December 6.

Hanukkah Celebration

Albert A Capellini Community Culture Center, Yorktown Heights
December 9, 2-3:30 p.m.

The JCC hosts a family-friendly Hanukkah celebration full of holiday festivities. The celebration includes a live performance by Joannas ‘n Bananas, Hanukkah crafts, and light refreshments. The organization will be collecting cans of tuna and chicken to be donated to food kitchens around Westchester. Tickets cost $9.

Chanukah Fire on Ice Celebration

Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park
December 10, 4 p.m.

At this standout Hanukkah family event in Dobbs Ferry, a Guinness World Record holder will create a massive ice menorah. In addition, there will be a drone light show, gelt drop, fire performance, arts and crafts, and latkes and donuts.

Night of Light

Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford
December 10, 4-7 p.m.

Head to Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford for a Night of Light celebration. The evening will include food, Hanukkah arts and crafts, telescopes for viewing the lights above, and music. The event is free; everyone just needs to RSVP.

Menorah Lighting

Cross County Center, Yonkers
December 11, 6-8 p.m.

Join the Chabad of Yonkers in lighting the menorah this year at the Cross County Center. Guests can expect live music, cultural dancing, and treats. The lighting is happening near H&M.

Related: Where to Dine in or Order out for Hanukkah in Westchester

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