Wilton will light a giant menorah on Dec. 6

In celebration of Hanukkah, Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center of Connecticut will lead a giant outdoor menorah lighting at the Wilton Town Green on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek Syrian oppressors in Israel and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem with the lighting of the menorah — a symbol of hope and freedom.

Although the Maccabees had only one day’s supply of olive oil, it miraculously lasted eight full days until new oil was obtained, which is why Hanukkah — the festival of lights — is celebrated for eight consecutive days.

A single candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, and an additional candle is lit each night until all eight candles, or branches of the menorah, are lit.

In celebration of this Jewish holiday, the Schneerson Center of Connecticut will host several local area menorah lightings, beginning in Wilton on Dec. 6.

Wilton’s outdoor menorah lighting will begin at 5 p.m. and is free and open to all. The event will include live music, chocolate gelt coins, dreidels and other holiday giveaways.

The Schneerson Center’s other menorah lightings are scheduled for:

  • Norwalk: Monday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., Stew Leonard's (100 Westport Ave.).

  • Westport: Monday, Dec. 7 at 6:15 p.m., Compo Acres Shopping Center (400 Post Road East).

  • Weston: Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., Weston Shopping Center (190 Weston Road).

For more information, call 203-635-4118 or visit schneersoncenter.org.