This year — for the first time in 95 years — Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be celebrated on the same day … and it wont happen again until 2070.
As if navigating the airport around Thanksgiving wasn’t enough of a nightmare … this year Hanukkah falls into the mix, adding to the travel headache. But fret not; we’ve got you covered with our best tips to help you fly through the airport this holiday season. And if you’re looking for a way to avoid a Thanksgiving-float-sized meltdown, don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel.
So whether you’re sitting around the table with your family enjoying turkey and cranberry sauce, or standing around the menorah lighting the Hanukkah candles, remember that there is plenty to be thankful for this holiday season … and that you’ll have to wait another 57 years until the next Thanksgivukkah!
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When did Hanukkah become cool? Maybe the cool factor came into play a few years back when Senator Orrin Hatch penned a song to the 8-day festival of lights. Or, um, maybe not.
Whatever the case, Hanukkah is definitely here to stay, and whatever corner of the globe you find yourself in over the next 8 days you’re likely to spot a menorah — that 9-branched candelabrum lit to commemorate an ancient story that tells of the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish Maccabees defeat of the Greeks and, in a surprise twist, a 1-day supply of oil that went on to burn 8 days.
Here, we’ve rounded up the most happening Hanukkah spots around the world, with celebrations that kick off Saturday night, Dec. 8, through the 16th.
NYC’s Grand Army Plaza
Across the street from NYC’s famed Plaza hotel stands the world’s largest menorah — a towering 32 feet tall and 2 tons. Swing by for Saturday night’s lighting, which starts at 8:30 p.m. Details here.
National Menorah in DC
Sunday, Dec. 9, see the annual lighting of America’s National Menorah on The Ellipse (at the northwest end, near Constitution Avenue) in front of the White House — arrive by 4 p.m., and bring an appetite for hot potato latkes and donuts. Details.
Hanukkah Concert in Chicago
Got kids? Love klezmer? Enjoy an annual Hanukkah concert that the whole family will enjoy at Chicago’s Botanic Gardens, with music performed by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Details.
More Hanukkah Celebrations Worldwide — and Great Food Ideas
Looking for more places to kick off Hanukkah celebrations? Check out Oyster.com’s Hanukkah Celebrations Around the World.
And for a little inspired Hanukkah cooking, try these family-friendly Hanukkah recipes and ideas for some savory holiday latkes.