National Hanukkah Menorah 2016 in Washington, DC

National Hanukkah Menorah
••• National Hanukkah Menorah. Photo © American Friends of Lubavitch

A National Hanukkah Menorah is lit on the White House grounds, at the Ellipse each December during the eight day Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish Maccabees' military victory over Syrian oppression more than 2,000 years ago. The event features musical performances and fun for the whole family. During Hanukkah, Jews across the world celebrate the miracle of light that burnt for eight days out of a single-days-worth of oil found in the Temple.

One Hanukkah candle is lit the first night, and an additional candle is lit each successive night. The holiday is a celebration of religious freedom and hope.

National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Festivities at the lighting ceremony include musical performances and hot latkes and donuts. This year's celebration will feature the US Air Force Band. The menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish holiday marking the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Date and Time:  Sunday, December 25, 2016, 4 p.m. Gates open at 3:25 p.m. 
The event is held rain or shine.

Location: The Ellipse, near the White House (at the NW end, near Constitution Avenue), Washington, DC.

Parking: Parking is extremely limited near the White House. The best way to get to the area is by metro. The closest stops are Metro Center, Federal Triangle, and McPherson Square.

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Admission: Free tickets are required for reserved seats. Standing room is available to all. (202) 332-5600.

Official Website: nationalmenorah.org