What started as a small gathering of 500 people, grew into a holiday tradition attracting as many as 3,000 guests to stand together in the heart of Campus Martius to celebrate the annual Lighting of the Menorah Ceremony.
Located at Cadillac Square outside Campus Martius Park, join the jovial crowd on Dec. 27 as they celebrate a well-loved holiday tradition of lighting the 26-foot giant Menorah.
Be sure to check out the heated tent, kosher food court, Jewish Family Festival and After Glow Party.
The event spans from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. To secure your spot in the celebration RSVP today.
The Jewish Family Festival
Head over to Cadillac Square early for the Great Jewish Family Festival, located in the heated tent from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission is free for this family-friendly event; featuring slot car racing, candle making, crafts, face painting and much more!
A food court will be available for cash-only purchases.
The Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Stick around for the main event: The community-wide Menorah lighting ceremony, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Stand in awe of the 26-foot Menorah, designed and built by Erik & Israel Nordin of the Detroit Design Center.
Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, the founder of Menorah in the D, describes the excitement surrounding this event that “brings the community together.”
“When we go up on the lift to light the Menorah and look in their eyes, you can see they’re really excited,” says Shemtov. “It’s really a special moment.”
Fire jugglers, roasted marshmallows, free coffee and cider will keep you warm in the chilly city. A free kosher snack bar will also be available to guests.
“For the Jewish community, it’s a moment of inspiration and pride: Coming together in the center of the city and celebrating the holiday,” he added.
The After Glow
Available to guests 21 and up, The After Glow party features three cooking demos from Chef Hunny from Soul Café, Beer Garden and a live DJ performance by DJ Benny, all inside the heated tent from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door, but act fast: Only 200 tickets are sold for this featured event.
The location of the Menorah in the D is 800 Woodward Ave. in Campus Martius Park.
The event recommends parking at the One Campus Martius Garage located at 1140 Farmer St., between Gratiot and Monroe Streets.
This year, guests will receive a subsidized parking validation from a parking attendant at the garage for a special price of $5.
For directions to the garage, check out the event’s website.
If you’re worried about the garage filling up fast, check out our article on Parking in Detroit’s Popular Spots for a complete list of downtown parking options.
Celebrate the Holiday Season
From toddlers to teenagers, everyone enjoys the annual celebration, bringing together families and friends for a one-day holiday event that lights up the city.
“Many people from all walks of life come and join,” says Shemtov. “Hanukkah has a beautiful message of how a little wick of flame can light up the darkness and warm up the heart. This is what it’s about to celebrate: each and every one of us lights up the world around us.”
Don’t forget to use #MenorahInTheD in all your pics and be sure to follow all the event coverage on their official Facebook event page.