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Menorah Lighting Celebrations in Dutchess County


The celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, commemorates the victory of Hebrew rebels who rose up against occupying Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. It honors the rededication during the 2nd century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days to mark the eight days the oil burned. People celebrate by lighting candles on a menorah, which is also called a Hanukiyah. Each night, one more candle is lit. The Shamash is the first candle lit and it is used to light all of the other tapers. In 2018, it runs from Sunday, December 2 - Monday, December 11, and there are several great public lighting ceremonies to attend! Check out some other fun ways to celebrate the holiday as well!  Largest Menorah in the entire Mid-Hudson Valley: Daily lighting of a 25-foot Menorah with the assistance of a boom truck at One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie in front of Dunkin Donuts and the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, from Sunday, December 2 - Monday, December 11. The times are daily Monday - Friday @ 3:15 PM, Sunday at 4:30pm, Saturday at 6:00 PM.

They’re Lighting Up Beacon for 8 Nights with Illumin8  from December 2 –10, 2018 at Pohill Park,  at the Corner of Main Street  and Route 9D, Beacon. NEW LOCATION!! It’s lit at 5:30 pm every night, with exception of Friday, December 15 (4:45pm). The story of Beacon is the story of a town coming through hard times with hope and dedication. Hanukkah tells us we can hope against all reason and sometimes, we will prevail. Celebrating our community at the one-of-a-kind Beacon Bicycle Menorah!

Grateful thanks to sculptor Ed Benavente, the artist behind the Bicycle Menorah. In 2014, Rabbi Brent Spodek presented a maquette of the menorah at the White House’s Hanukkah celebration. Image of the “mini bicycle menorah” is to the left. Visit for more information on this event, the BHA and their programs.

Sunday, December 2, 2pm - 4pm. The Rhinebeck Jewish Center has its 10th Annual Dreidel House & Menorah Lighting, “The Magic of Chanukah”. It features Chanukah crafts workshops, donut making, candle dipping and a magic show at 3pm. 102 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck.

Sunday, December 2 @ 3:00 PM: Menorah Lighting on the Walkway over the Hudson at the center bump-out, with live music. Hot Latkes & apple cider, & fresh doughnuts are served. 61 Parker Ave. (parking), Poughkeepsie.

Monday, December 3 @ 5:30PM: Mill Park, 1624 Main Street, Pleasant Valley.  Celebration includes songs, donuts, driedels, hot latkes and cider.

Tuesday, December 4 @ 5:30pm: Annual Chanukah Festival with Menorah lighting, latkes, donuts, hot drinks and chocolate gelt. Adams Fairacre Farms, 160 Old Post Road (Old Route 9), Wappingers Falls. 845-440-7592

Wednesday, December 5 @3:45 PM: Annual Large 9 ft. Menorah Lighting at the Hyde Park Town Hall located at 4383 Albany Post Rd/Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Town Supervisor & community officials will be joining in the fun, with doughnuts, live music & hot latkes served.

Wednesday, December 5 @5:00 PM: Light Up Pawling: Community Menorah Lighting celebration at the Pawling Village Green on Charles Colman Boulevard, 12564. This event features Magic Marty, The Lighting of their 9 foot Menorah. Enjoy donuts and Chocolate Gelt with plenty of lively music. Call My Pardess at 845-440-7592 for more information.

Wednesday, December 5 @ 5:30 PM: Performance Motor Cars located at 1401 Route 9, Wappingers Falls. Outdoor large Menorah Lighting followed by Kosher Chinese food with hot latkes and drinks. Live entertainment.

Thursday, December 6 @ 5:30PM: Town Hall of Lagrange, 120 Stringham Road. Celebration includes songs, donuts, driedels, hot latkes and cider.

Sunday, December 9, 11am - 1pmthe Beacon Hebrew Alliance has a community Hanukkah celebration. While the event is geared towards children, all are welcome to join in the songs, skits, dreidel playing, arts and crafts, and delicious latkes. The event takes place at 331 Verplanck Avenue, Beacon.

Sunday, December 9 @ 4PM: Millbrook Public Menorah Lighting celebration at the Thorne Building on Franklin Ave. in the village of Millbrook. Singing and the lighting of a 9 ft. Menorah on the lawn! Followed by Hot Latkes & Apple Cider, Donuts, Coffee & Chocolate Gelt for all, at Babette's kitchen, 3293 Franklin Ave. Millbrook Chanukah Committee at 845-677-0190.

Family Chanukah Extravaganza at the Poughkeepsie Galleria

Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley invites you to help build the largest Lego Menorah in the Hudson Valley! This Chanukah Family Celebration is set for Tuesday, December 4th from 4-6 pm at the Center Court in the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Celebration includes large Menorah lighting, design your own Lego Judaic crafts, photo op with Judah the Maccabee, Chanukah crafts and games.  Treats for everyone include cotton candy, doughnut and hot latke bar and apple cider. Raffle prizes include a chance to win an amazing Lego set!





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