Chanukah in the Square is the biggest annual Chanukah celebration in the UK, and this year, the first night’s celebrations will take place on 12th December, from 5.30-7.30pm in Trafalgar Square. Organised by Chabad Lubavitch, the Jewish Leadership Council and the London Jewish Forum, and supported by the Mayor of London, it is a key event in the Mayoral and communal calendars.
This will be the tenth year the Menorah (the special 8 branched candelabra that is used on Chanukah) has been installed in Central London. It is one of the largest in the world due to its height, and will shine bright for the eight day duration of Chanukah, reminding the city of the miracle of the Festival of Light and the religious and cultural contribution of the Jewish community in the capital.
This year, the Maccabeats, the internationally- acclaimed acapella group renowned for their upbeat and current Jewish music will perform, Sadiq Khan will be speaking and there will be other live music acts. Attendees will also be treated to free doughnuts, which are customarily eaten on Chanukah to symbolise the miracle of oil, and other Kosher food will be available throughout the evening.
After a year’s break, the celebration will be bigger and better than ever, with thousands of people expected to descend on Trafalgar Square to commemorate the first night of Chanukah.