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World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah
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Best Hanukkah events in NYC

It's time for the Festival of Lights, so have eight delicious and dancey nights at these Hanukkah events

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan

Only one night of holiday celebration? Please. Hanukkah (or Chanukah or even Hanukah) means you have more than a week to drink and celebrate at some of the best bars in NYC, boogie at one of the best events in December and party your face off. Speaking of your mug, you should also stuff your face with fried foods (or hit up some kosher restaurants). L’chaim!

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Every year as Hanukkah rolls around in NYC, a conversation takes place regarding two massive menorahs located across the East River from one another in the city. 

Two particular lighting events are considered by many to be the most visited around New York: One located at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights and the other at Grand Army Plaza in midtown Manhattan. However, these two menorahs have both, at one point, called themselves: "The Largest Menorah in the World."

Alas, that "dispute" has now been resolved. Following our investigation, we learned that, in fact, the candelabra in Manhattan is the tallest one in the world. Here's more about the history.

This year, the Brooklyn menorah lighting will be held on December 18 beginning at 4pm. As for the Manhattan menorah, it'll be lit starting on December 18 at 5:30pm with daily lightings through December 25.

You've never seen a menorah quite like this before. 

Temple Emanu-El partnered up with Bricks 4 Kidz to build a five-foot tall Lego Menorah. This towering menorah is made up of green, yellow, red and blue bricks, and it's surrounded by a set of Lego dreidels. You can see it inside the temple's lobby (at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street) throughout the holiday season. 

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