This week, many Queens residents will be celebrating Hannukah, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.
During the eight nights of Hanukkah, families and friends from all over Queens will gather to light their menorahs, but there are plenty of places in Queens where you can celebrate this important holiday. Here are a few events around the borough where you can celebrate Hanukkah this week.
Channukah Menorah Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.
Forest Hills LIRR Station, 71st Ave., Forest Hills
Ring in the third night of Hanukkah with a candle lighting service at the Chabad of Forest Hills. At 6 p.m., many will gather at the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road station and to light the candles.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m.
35-35 75th St., Jackson Heights
Kehillat Tikvah and the Folk Music Society are teaming up to give you a night of fun on the fifth night of Hanukkah. Come by and enjoy light refreshments while making crafts and singing songs. There is a suggested donation is $15 per adult and $25 for a family.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m.
Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
Rego Park Jewish Center is hosting a concert that can’t be missed this Hanukkah season. Hear beautiful Hanukkah music in 15 different languages from vocalist Galina Gergel with violinist Eduard Nisimov while enjoying hot latkes and the lighting of the sixth Hanukkah candle. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Grand Menorah Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m.
Bay Terrace Shopping Center, 23-98 Bell Blvd., Bayside
Enjoy a night of great food, fun and more with Chabad Lubavitch of Northeast Queens during the Grand Menorah Lighting at bay Terrace Shopping Center. While the 18-foot menorah is lit, attendees can enjoy live music and dancing, raffles, a performance from a world-famous fire eater, and so much more. This event is free and open to the public.
Chanukah on the Park
Sunday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m.
Yellowstone Municipal Park, 68-01 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills
Chabad of Forest Hills North and Anshe Sholom Chabad JCC is presenting their third annual Chanukah on the Park. The night will feature the lighting of a 18-foot menorah, live entertainment, delicious food and a huge raffle. Admission is free, but you must RSVP for this event.