Menorah lightings around Connecticut for Hanukkah 2021

Hanukkah, also known as the “Festival of Lights” or “Feast of Dedication,” is a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight nights and falls on  Nov. 28 through Dec. 6 this year. It celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Many families of the Jewish faith will light a menorah in their home and some organizations or communities may have larger menorahs displayed in public places.

Menorahs are lit with a primary candle first and that candle is used to light an additional candle for each night. Candles are added to the menorah from right to left, but lit each night from starting with the left-most candle.

Check out where to attend a menorah lighting around the state:

New President of Stamford’s Downtown Special Services District David Kooris lights a candle on a giant menorah at Chabad of Stamford's Experience Chanukah at Latham Park in Stamford, Conn. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Folks celebrated the first night of Chanukah with a giant outdoor menorah lighting, as well as gelt drop, olive oil press demostration, live music and latkes.
New President of Stamford’s Downtown Special Services District David Kooris lights a candle on a giant menorah at Chabad of Stamford's Experience Chanukah at Latham Park in Stamford, Conn. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Folks celebrated the first night of Chanukah with a giant outdoor menorah lighting, as well as gelt drop, olive oil press demostration, live music and latkes.Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media

Stamford

Enjoy a cup of hot apple cider, donuts and latkes during the menorah lighting Nov. 28 at Latham Park at 4:30 p.m.

Darien

More than a dozen Jewish families in Darien will light a 6-foot-tall menorah in Grove Street Plaza over the eight nights of the holiday. Darien residents are invited to attend any of the lightings from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6 and a larger celebration on Dec. 1, said event creator Dan Guller.

Shelton

The Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton presents holiday music, latkes, raffles and more at the lighting of the 9-foot Shelton menorah on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m.

Waterbury

The city of Waterbury will hold two menorah lightings this year at Columbia Boulevard on Monday, Nov. 29 at 5:15 p.m. and at the Waterbury Green on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:15 p.m

New Haven, Connecticut - Tuesday, December 4, 2018: New Haven Mayor Toni helps celebrate the third night of Hanukkah Tuesday evening at Union Station in New Haven Menorah Lighting hosted by the Chabad of Downtown New Haven and Park New Haven.
New Haven, Connecticut - Tuesday, December 4, 2018: New Haven Mayor Toni helps celebrate the third night of Hanukkah Tuesday evening at Union Station in New Haven Menorah Lighting hosted by the Chabad of Downtown New Haven and Park New Haven.Peter Hvizdak/Hearst Connecticut Media

New Haven

The Jewish Federation of Great New Haven will be holding a menorah lighting at the Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel on 85 Harrison Street Monday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Milford

Get your cars ready as the Chabad-HCW will light the menorah with a car parade to the Milford Green Sunday, Nov. 28 at 4:30 p.m.

Stratford 

Check out the Stratford Town Hall on 2725 Main Street on Monday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m and watch the first candle of the menorah be lit up.

West Haven

Stay warm while watching the menorah light up on the West Haven Green on Sunday, Nov. 28 during sundown.