Hanover Square in the city of Syracuse welcomed the lighting of the Menorah.
Tuesday night, as the sun went down, Syracuse City Mayor Stephanie Miner lit the first candle marking the start of Hanukkah. The Jewish holiday lasts for eight days.
The holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem. Tradition includes the story of a candelabra that miraculously burned for eight days with only one day's worth of oil.