Menorah lightings planned around the world for Hanukkah The National Menorah in Washington, D.C. (Ted Eytan/Wiki Commons/usbotschaftberlin/Flickr)
Menorah lightings planned around the world for Hanukkah
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Public menorah lightings for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are planned around the world. The locations range from ski towns and Caribbean islands to famous landmarks and sports arenas.

Hanukkah began Tuesday night. It lasts for eight days.

Are you traveling or vacationing during the holiday? There may be a menorah lighting near you. The Jewish outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch plans Hanukkah events. There are events in many places. These include hundreds of cities. These include the 50 U.S. states. And it includes 100 countries.

There are celebrations in Vail. That is in Colorado. The celebrations will include menorahs. They are made from skis. In New Mexico, organizers hope to create a one-of-a-kind menorah. It will be made from hot-air balloons. This will happen on Dec. 17. It will be at Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. It hosts the International Balloon Fiesta. That takes place each October. Vacationers in Cancun will also have menorah lightings to attend. So will people visiting Mexico. And those visiting Aruba. There will also be one in Curacao. It is the home to the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. It dates back to 1732.

Many ceremonies will take place in front of landmarks. These include the White House in Washington, D.C.. They also include Eiffel Tower in Paris. It includes the Kremlin in Moscow. And it includes Germany's Brandenburg Gate. 

London's Trafalgar Square will host a 30-foot menorah. It will be  outfitted with specially designed bulbs. The bulbs are environmentally friendly. They were commissioned by the London Climate Change Agency.

The world's largest menorah is 36 feet high. It will be lit just outside Central Park. That's in New York City. It is across from the Plaza Hotel. That’s at Grand Army Plaza. That menorah lighting began in 1977. It marks its 40th consecutive year this month.

Sports arenas are also hosting Hanukkah events. These include NBA arenas. The teams include the Brooklyn Nets. The Orlando Magic. They Miami Heat. The Houston Rockets. The Dallas Mavericks. The Golden State Warriors. The Phoenix Suns. And the Atlanta Hawks. 

They also include NHL arenas. The Arizona Coyotes will have a menorah. So will the New York Islanders and the Nashville Predators. The Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils will celebrate. The Columbus Blue Jackets will also have a menorah. 

Additionally it includes the NFL stadium of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thousands of people are expected Dec. 18. There will be a Hanukkah concert. There will also be a menorah lighting. It will be held at Gulfstream Park. It is a horse racing track. It is in Hallandale Beach, Florida. It is near Miami.

Events are scheduled around the world. Events are expected in countries ranging from Australia to Laos to Uganda to Argentina.

Listings by location may be found at http://www.Chabad.org/HanukkahEvents.

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