Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, so it was appropriate that its first night coincided this year with the first day of winter and the beautiful light show put on by the Parks Dept. and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Vistors lit candles on little wooden "boats" which were then launched on the shore of the lake. But they didn't go far, since the lake was practically frozen (it is winter after all).
The lights pictured here were candles in paper bags that lined the path hugging the lake. Hot chocolate was a welcome reward for all those who ventured out despite the lousy wether earlier in the day. The Parks Department and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park sponsored the event.