Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah
Grand Army Plaza, Central Park; 12/20-12/27 at 5:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. on 12/23, 8:30 p.m. on 12/24); 59th St. at Fifth Ave.; 212-360-2766
It's the annual tradition of lighting the "world's largest menorah," coming in at 32 feet and 4,000 pounds. Adding to the festivities will be music, folk dancing, and jelly doughnuts. Lots of jelly doughnuts.
Southpaw; 12/21 at 8 p.m.; 125 Fifth Ave., nr. Sterling Pl., Park Slope; 718-230-0236
Dance until the lights burn out at this shindig featuring the Shondes, Yiddish Princess, and the crowd-pleasing polka-punk of Schmekel. Co-presented by Jews For Racial and Economic Justice.
4th Annual Chanukah vs. Christmas: the Battle Royale of Beer and Burlesque
Southpaw; 12/23 at 8 p.m.; 125 Fifth Ave., nr. Sterling Pl., Park Slope; 718-230-0236
Burlesque bombshell Miss Astrid hosts a night where the smut knows no religion. On the docket: prizes, beer, and pictures with dirty Santa.
92YTribeca; 12/24 at 8 p.m.; 200 Hudson St., nr. Canal St.; 212-601-1000
There will be more jokes than you can spin a dreidel at when Liam McEneaney hosts a night featuring Sandy Marks, MC Mr. Napkins, Todd Barry, and Janeane Garofalo.
Le Poisson Rouge; 12/24 at 8 p.m.; 158 Bleecker St.., nr. Thompson St.; 212-505-3474
Presented by Heeb magazine, it's a dance party for Hebrew hotties and those who love them, featuring Y-Love, Tes Uno, Diwon, and more.
The 8 Nights of Hanukkah with Yo La Tengo
Maxwell's; 12/20-12/27 at 8 p.m.; 1039 Washington St., nr., at 11th St., Hoboken, NJ; 201-653-1703
The stalwarts will once again light up Hoboken with their annual Hanukkah residency, with each night featuring a musical and comedy guest (not divulged until the last minute, but past events included Marc Maron and Bonnie “Prince” Billy). The run is currently sold out, but hey, ‘tis the season for miracles.
Capitale; 12/24 at 9 p.m.; 130 Bowery, nr. Grand St.; 212-334-5500
Make your bubbe happy and find that special someone at this singles event in a historic landmark, thrown by JDate and the Society of Young Jewish Professionals.
I Lift My Lamp: A Statue-esque Hanukkah
Museum of Jewish Heritage ; 12/25 at 11 a.m.; 36 Battery Pl., at 1st Pl.; 646-437-4200
Statue of Liberty–themed music, crafts, and screenings, including the animated immigrant story An American Tail.