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A menorah comes to Canalside for Hanukkah

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Wed, Dec 21st 2016 02:15 pm

Numerous activities and extended hours are planned during the holidays

Canalside announces a new menorah will be put on display to celebrate Hanukkah. The 9-foot tall menorah spanning 7-1/2 feet will be placed near the Lake Street Bridge during the eight days of Hanukkah. The menorah will be delivered to Canalside today, and a candle will be lit each night during the Jewish holiday.

Families are encouraged to come to Canalside to view the menorah and skate on The Ice at Canalside presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The ice will have extended hours for the holidays that include:

  • Saturday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 25, from 4-8 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 8 p.m., the Chabad of Buffalo will celebrate the Festival of Chanukah with the lighting of the menorah, which will cap-off a parade of cars adorned with custom-designed Hanukkah flags popularizing the festival. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. at the Knesset Center, 500 Starin Ave., Buffalo. The procession will then proceed to Canalside to participate in a family-oriented Hanukkah event that will consist of a menorah lighting, music and dancing, and Hanukkah gifts for children participating in the program.

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival celebrating the liberation and rededication of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, begins at dark Saturday, Dec. 24, and concludes on Monday, Jan. 2. The festival is marked by the lighting of an eight-pronged candelabrum called a menorah, commemorating the symbol of victory of a small Jewish army against a vastly oppressive regime.

For more information regarding the parade and/or program, contact Rabbi Moshe Gurary at 716-578-1136 or [email protected].

Canalside is a growing regional destination and entertainment district, situated on 21 historic acres along downtown Buffalo's emerging waterfront on the Buffalo River. Canalside earns its name from its storied past, when the Erie Canal Harbor was built in 1825 as the western terminus of the Erie Canal. Until five years ago, the land was barren and inaccessible, but the area has been reclaimed by the state's Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., and developed with millions of dollars in public and private investment. With more than 1,000 yearly events and nearly 1 million annual visitors, Canalside is fast becoming the go-to place for in- and out-of-towners of all ages to learn, play and relax. For more information, visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com.

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