Third Annual Chanukah Celebration at Canalside

Menorah will be lit will to spread the light of peace throughout the community

December 6, 2018

Canalside announces the lighting of the grand menorah at the third annual Chanukah celebration on Buffalo’s waterfront. Chabad House of Buffalo will celebrate the Festival of Chanukah with a parade of cars adorned with custom designed Menorahs arriving at Canalside for the lighting of the menorah at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 6. A branch of the 7 ½ foot tall candelabrum, located adjacent to the Ice at Canalside, will be lit each night of the Jewish holiday.

“The lighting of the menorah at Canalside has become a treasured holiday tradition,” said Robert Gioia, Chairman, Erie Canals Harbor Development Corporation. “We invite the entire community to enjoy the season as they skate and take in all of the activities planned for the month of December.”

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival celebrating the liberation and rededication of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, began the evening of Sunday, December 2 and concludes on Monday, December 10. The Festival is marked by the lighting of the menorah, prayer, music and the sharing of fried foods.

“The menorah stands for light of Godliness, wisdom, and Divine inspiration,” said Rabbi Moshe Gurary, Chabad House of Buffalo. “The Chanukah celebration at Canalside is an opportunity for the Jewish community of Buffalo to share the shining light of peace for all to see.”

The Ice at Canalside presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY encourages visitors to enjoy public ice skating, curling, ice bikes and, the newest addition this year, ice bumper cars.  Public skating will be open from 3PM – 7PM.  More information on the schedule of events, parking and updates can be found at

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

About Canalside
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 ten 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 1.5 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


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