In just a matter of moments, families all throughout the world will be lighting their menorahs and celebrating the very first evening of Hanukkah. Hanukkah, an eight-day celebration of light, will be kicking off this year’s festivities this Thursday, December 7th. And if you’re looking to kick start your celebrations in Trenton, you don’t have to travel far for an evening that’s certain to shine bright.
On Thursday, December 7th, you are invited to the Capital City for Trenton’s official candle lighting ceremony. This celebration will be held at 4:30pm on the steps of Trenton City Hall, located at 319 E State St, Trenton, NJ 08608. Each year, families from all over our community are invited to gather in the heart of Downtown Trenton and be a part of this beloved tradition. Throughout the eight nights of Hanukkah, City Hall will continue to light the candles, offering a glimmering sign of the season to anyone who passes by its steps.
For those who might be curious about what Hanukkah is and how it is celebrated, Hanukkah is an eight-day festival of lights celebrated in the Jewish community. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, which followed the victory of the Maccabees over their oppressors. In order to rededicate the temple, they needed enough oil to burn a menorah continuously. The Maccabees only had enough oil to burn for one night, but miraculously, the oil lasted eight days, offering enough time to find a new supply. Each night of Hanukkah is commemorated by the lighting of one of candles on the menorah, a special candleholder featuring nine branches. If you would like to learn more about Hanukkah and the festive celebration about to take place, you can learn more here: Hanukkah – Britannica.
The beloved seasonal celebrations hosted in Trenton each year are brought to the community by the city’s Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture. From the Hanukkah celebrations to the Tree Lighting Ceremony held each year, there’s no doubt that our community goes all out when it comes to the holiday season. In addition to these cherished community celebrations, the Dept. of Recreation also provides Trentonians with countless opportunities for athletic fun, time in the sun, and the chance to take advantage of all the recreational facilities our city has to offer. For more information on this and other upcoming events coming to the community this season, please visit the City of Trenton’s website, linked here: Dept. of Rec. – Trenton.
If you have any questions prior to the lighting ceremony, please contact the Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture at 609-989-3635 for additional assistance. Trenton is about to start shining just a little bit brighter, and you’re sure to want to be there to help light up the night – Happy Hanukkah!