PALMER SQUARE MANAGEMENT / Princeton’s Palmer Square

Hanukkah began on December 7, and there are still four more nights for menorah lightings, dreidel playing and latkes. Read on to see where you can attend a fun event with your family for the Festival of Lights.

December 7-14

Lighting of the Largest Menorah in Brooklyn
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
The annual lighting of Brooklyn’s largest Menorah at Grand Army Plaza will take place each night of Hanukkah, kicking off with a concert at 5 pm Dec. 7.

December 7-15

American Dream Holiday Cheer
American Dream, East Rutherford
Every night the 30-foot by 30-foot menorah designed by New Jersey native and famed interior designer Jonathan Adler will be lit for Hanukkah.


December 11

Public Menorah Lighting
Veterans Park, Randolph
The focal point of this year’s celebration by the Chabad Center for Jewish Life will be the lighting of an 8-foot menorah, symbolizing the strength of Jewish pride and unity. This event is not merely a festive occasion but a powerful response to rising incidents of antisemitism, conveying a message of resilience and solidarity. The event will also feature a grand gelt drop led by the Randolph Fire Department. There will be live music, traditional treats such as latkes and donuts, hot beverages, and an array of Hanukkah merchandise to add to the festive spirit.

The Maccabeats
Bergen PAC, Englewood
These musicians combine the talents of their voices with Jewish humor to present a concert in the spirit of Hanukkah.

Peace, Love & Light: Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
North Brunswick Township Municipal Building, North Brunswick
Join the lighting ceremony outside, then enjoy donuts and latkes inside.

Annual Menorah Lighting
Town Hall, Manalapan
Rabbi Boruch Chazanow from Chabad of Western Monmouth County will light the candles. Expect a dance performance by Rising Stars School of Dance. Stay after for light refreshments.

Menorah Lighting
Riverside Gardens Park, Red Bank
Rabbi Dovid Harrison from Congregation Beth Shalom of Red Bank will lead the ceremony, and after there will be latkes, donuts and chocolate coins for everyone.

Community Chanukah Candle Lighting
Bridgewater Township Municipal Complex, Bridgewater
Light the menorah, snack on sufganiyot (donuts) and play trivia. Hosted by Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC.

Haddonfield Chanukah Celebration
Chabad of Camden & Burlington Counties invites you to a celebration featuring a community menorah lighting of the 18-food menorah lig, latkes, music, Chanukah fun and donuts by Mia’s Meals.

December 13

Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland
Van Saun Park, Paramus
There will be outdoor ice skating, games, a beer and wine garden, ice bumper cars and weekly Bergen County-based live entertainment. December 2 is the tree lighting, December 13 is the menorah lighting and December 27 is the kinara lighting.

Festival of Lights: History of Hanukkah in America
Zoom presentation, via Monmouth County Library
Explore the history of Hanukkah in America, from the colonial era until the 21st century, in this virtual presentation by historian Jo Ann Tufo. Learn about the fascinating late 19th century American “reinvention” of the celebration. You will “virtually” travel around the United States and experience the Festival of Lights through the eyes of various communities around the country.

Chanukah at the J: 8 Crafty Nights
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater
Make crafts, light candles, work on a service project and eat dinner so you can “party with a purpose.”

Collingswood Chanukah Celebration
Lumberyard Garden, Collingswood
Chabad of Camden & Burlington Counties will present a grand menorah lighting, latkes, music, Chanukah fun and donuts.

December 14

Hanukkah LEGO Night
Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains
Come see one of the largest collections of LEGOs in Scotch Plains! You can build as many LEGO creations as you’d like, while also playing dreidel games, listening to Chanukah music, lighting the menorah, and getting to know the Sholom family.

Chanukah Menorah Car Parade
The pre-parade dance party with DJ Mickey includes fun swag, a donut decorating kit, your own Shine Your Jewish Pride T-shirt, chocolate gelt and dinner. Then, the parade will be hosted by the Chabad of Robbinsville/Hamilton. RSVP is mandatory.

December 16

SO Jewish Comedy Night
South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange
This lighthearted celebration of the holiday season is an experience of a Jewish-themed comedy night by Liz Glazer and Judy Gold.

Check out our Instagram page for a video from one of this year’s menorah lightings.

Previous Hanukkah events held this year:

December 2, 9, 16

Dickens Village
Ricalton Square, Maplewood
Every year, the first three Saturdays in December turn Maplewood into a scene out of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” Peek into the mini houses arranged to see fireplaces, stockings and antique toys. Santa arrives on Dec. 2 and stays in his house for visits and photos. There will also be holiday music, a tree lighting and a menorah lighting, horse and wagon rides, kids’ crafts, and a petting farm (Dec. 9 and 16 only). 

December 3

Sinterklaas Day
Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge
Aside from this being an old-fashioned Christmas, there will also be a Hanukkah presentation, showing how and why the menorah is list. Look for Sinterklaas so you can take a picture, and then visit the Blackhorse Inn for donuts, hot cider and other seasonal treats. You can make your own pinecone bird feeder and ornament.

Holiday Boutique
Rumson Jewish Center at Congregation B’Nai Israel, Rumson
Shop from categories including accessories, women’s, kids, home, toys, and more.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Market & Lighting Celebration
East Brunswick Municipal Complex, East Brunswick
Check out all the holiday lights while you shop for gifts and attend a Christmas tree lighting and menorah lighting.

December 5

Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting
There will be both a menorah lighting ceremony and Christmas tree lighting at 6 pm.

December 6

Winter Holiday Lighting
Town Hall, Marlboro
Celebrate the holiday season with seasonal stories, music and the lighting of the Christmas tree and menorah. Following the lighting, head inside for holiday music by the Marlboro High School musicians and a dessert buffet. Takes pictures with Santa, and drop off a letter with your wish list at the North Pole Mailbox (outside the Rec Center through December 11).

December 7

Tice’s Corner Winter Festival
Tice’s Corner, Woodcliff Lake
The menorah and Christmas tree lightings will include a special visit by Santa, hot chocolate, entertainment and crafts.

Chabad of Holmdel Chanukah Event
Bell Works, Holmdel
The Main Atrium will be decorated for Hanukkah and include a menorah lighting.

Chanukah Village Walk 
Chabad in Medford, Medford
Main Street Medford celebrates Chanukah with vendor shopping, Chanukah activities, crafts and giveaways.

Public Menorah Lighting
118 Creek Rd., Mt. Laurel
After the candle lighting ceremony marks the first night of Hanukkah, you can have some hot chocolate from Four Green Cats Cafe.

Hainesport Township Chanukah Celebration
Hainesport Township Center, Hainesport
Chabad Lubavitch will provide latkes and doughnuts during the giant menorah lighting.

Historic Downtown Tree and Menorah Lighting
Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall, Jersey City
Watch performances by Jersey City Party Characters, Purdie Entertainment and Rock It Docket. There will be a bounce house, snacks and a visit by Santa.

December 8

Menorah Lighting
Downtown Freehold, Freehold Borough
Join the community for a menorah lighting outside of the Hall of Records.

December 8-10

Hanukkah Celebration
Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
Celebrate the Festival of Lights during a menorah lighting ceremony. Join a local cantor, Baby Bear, who celebrates Hanukkah with his family, and more of your Sesame Street friends as you play a game of dreidel, light the menorah, and learn all about Hanukkah.

December 9

Winter Wonderland Christmas & Hanukkah Celebration
Papaianni Park, Edison
Bring the entire family and friends to celebrate together for both Christmas and Hanukkah with this year’s Winter Wonderland event in Edison at noon.

Chanukah on Ice
Flyers Training Center, Voorhees
Chabad in Camden and Burlington Counties will host lots of family fun like a menorah lighting, latkes and doughnuts, music, crafts, the opportunity to decorate a Maccabee superhero cape and ice skating.

December 10

Chanukah Menorah Parade
Leaves from Chabad of Cherry Hill
Members of the Cherry Hill police and fire departments, Cherry Hill Fire Police and Medford Fire Department will lead the parade that ends in a mega community celebration at Barclay Farms Shopping Center.

Community Chanukah Celebration
Barclay Farms Shopping Center, Cherry Hill
Chabad of Camden & Burlington Counties will host a huge party with an 18-foot giant menorah lighting complete with a gigantic spinning dreidel, donuts, latkes, dreidels, crafts, music, giveaways and entertainment.

Festival of Trees
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
The outdoor winter festival at celebrates Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice through games, stories, musical entertainment, a story walk, photo ops with Santa, as well as food vendors and a holiday market.

Check out our Instagram page for a video from one of this year’s menorah lightings.

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Check out this pop-up Hanukkah-themed bar in NYC for more holiday fun!