More than 3,000 people are expected in Trafalgar Square on Monday afternoon to see London Mayor Boris Johnson light a giant menorah.
To shed greater light on the proceedings, more than 1,000 torches will be distributed among the crowd and there will be jugglers, clowns, magicians and live music. The party starts at 4.30pm.
The 30-foot menorah will be lit on every night of the festival in a collaboration between the mayor’s office, the London Jewish Forum and Chabad.
Hendon Chabad’s Rabbi Gershon Overlander sees the event as “an opportunity to convey a message to the world at large. Chanucah has a universal appeal and this is something that everybody can enjoy. It’s a beacon against the forces of extremism and bigotry”.