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Menorah Lighting Events and Chanukah Celebrations



Local families enjoy Hanukkah celebrations throughout the Hudson Valley

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It's that time of year again. Communities across the Hudson Valley are getting into the Chanukah Spirit with community lighting ceremonies and celebrations. We have rounded them up right here for you!


Dutchess County

Children's Chanukah Party
December 11, 5:30-7:30pm
Crafts, DIY candles, dreidels and a kosher latke dinner. Each family will get a Chanukah goodie bag. $5. Mid-Hudson Children's Museum. 75 N. Water St, Poughkeepsie. 475-5566.

Menorah Workshop
December 11th, 11:30am-1:30pm
Build your very own new designed Menorah. Receive a free apron from Home Depot and music and refreshments. Please RSVP. The Home Depot. 1570 Route 9, Wappingers Falls.

Community Hanukkah Party
December 18th
Geared towards children, the community Hanukkah Party invites all for songs, skits, dreydl playing, arts and crafts and delicious food. Bring your favorite latke recipe for a tasting contest. BHA-331 Verplanck Ave, Beacon.

Kosher Chinese & Movie Night
December 24, 6pm
Chinese Bufet with hot latkes and children's movie. Fee. Chabad Center. 61 Vassar Rd, Poughkeepsie.

Hanukkah Storytime
Decmeber 23rd
Enjoy a story and craft. 7pm, Barnes and Noble. 2518 South Rd, Poughkeepsie.

Illumin8tion
December 24-31st
In order to celebrate those who light up the community as the town has come a long way through hard times with hope and dedication, the Beacon Hebrew Alliance and BeaconArts are teaming up for Illumin8tion at the one-of-a-kind Beacon Bicycle Menorah! Each night of Hanukkah, Illumin8 will celebrate a different 'fuel' to get us through the darkest nights. 5-5:30pm. Polhill Park, on the corner of 9D and Main St. beaconhebrewalliance.org

Menorah Lighting on the Walkway over the Hudson
December 25, 3:15pm
Hot Latkes, apple cider and fresh doughnuts high on the walkway at the center bump out. Poughkeepsie.

Chanukah Balloonarama
December 26, 4pm
An amazing show featuring interactive balloon tricks and the biggest balloon in the world! Freesh doughnuts, dreidels and gelt. Special crafts for the kids and a special tribute to our local heroes! Poughkeepsie Galleria. 2001 South Rd, Poughkeepsie.

Red Hook Public Menorah Lighting
December 26, 5pm
Join in on he annual Public Menorah Lighting and Celebration at the Information Booth on Broadway in the village of Red Hook.
www.chabaddutchess.com

Menorah Lighting
December 27, 5:30pm
Outdoor large Menorah lighting followed by Sushi buffet, music and refreshments. Performance Motor Cars. 1401 Rte 9, Wappingers Falls.

Family Chanukah Festival
December 27th, 5:30pm
It's the grand Chanukah Festival featuring touch a truck "heroes edition", Menorah lighting, hot drinks, donuts, Latkes, crafts and chocolate Gelt bucket drop. Free and open to all.
Adam's Fairacre Farms, Wappingers Falls
https://www.facebook.com/Mypardess

Giant Menorah Lighting
December 29th, 5pm
Enjoy lively music, Latkes, Donuts, Chocolate Gelp and the lighting of a 9' Menorah! Pawling Village Green on Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. 440-7592

Millbrook Menorah Lighting
December 29th, 12pm
Thorne Building in the village of Millbrook. Public Menorah lighting and celebration.

Rhinebeck Menorah Lighting
December 30th, 12pm
At the Rhinebeck Bank parking lot in the village of Rhinebeck. Public Menorah lighting and celebration.


Orange County

PJ Library Chanukah 2016
December 18th, 4-6pm
A magical Chanukah with Magician Seth Dale. Light the candles, ply the dreidel, eat some latkes and read a PJ library book. Free. Congregation Eit Chaim. 1465 Orange Tpk, Monroe.

Annual Community Menorah Lighting
December 24, 6-6:30pm
Light the Menorah, tell the Chanukah story and sing Chanukah songs. Greenwood Lake Ambulance Corps. 74 Windemere Ave, Greenwood Lake. 783-9830. 

Challah Chanukah
December 26, 4pm
The greatest Chanukah celebration in the county. Light the 6' Challah Menorah, face painting, crafts, food, games and activities. Galleria Mall, Middleton.

Let it Glow Community Menorah Lightings
December 26th, 6pm
Lightings and Latkes, Donuts and Dreidals and Chanukah songs, Cocoa and a firetruck bucket gelt drop where thousands of chocolate coins are dropped from above. Commuter Parking Lot, Millpond Parkway.

Chanukah Celebration
December 27, 4pm
All are welcome for an outdoor public Menorah lighting with the Village Mayor. Also enjoy food, music and more. Florida Village Hall, Florida

Grand Sushi Menrah and Party
December 27th, 5-8pm
Light the sushi Menorah, Asian Buffet, Chanukah chopstick crafts, Latkes, Donuts and Dreidels too! Plus bowling and entertainment by the Hebrew School Choir. RSVP by 12/29. $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Colonial Lanes, Chester
www.ChabadOrange.com

Chanukah Celebration
December 27, 6pm
On the village green with special guests and a Gelt Drop. All are invited for singing, music, Latkes, hot cocoa and gifts for the kids. Church Park, Goshen. 

Let it Glow Community Menorah Lightings
December 28h, 6pm
Lighting and Latkes, Donuts and Dreidals and Chanukah songs, Cocoa and Gelt! Free and open to everyone.
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Ulster County

Community Menorah Lighting
At the Reis Parking Lot on the corner of Market and Main St. The menorah will appear in time for Hanukkah. Saugeries.

Sullivan County

Family Menorah Workshop with Home Depot
December 15, 3:30pm

Public Menorah Lighting
December 25th, 5pm
Join a public lighting ceremony in front of Dutchess, Donuts Music and more at 204 Rock Hill Dr, Rock Hill.


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