I know you all have been anxiously awaiting the day’s end so you can start celebrating the first night of Chanukah. But good news: you don’t even have to wait for sundown for the festivities to begin! The lighting of the National Chanukah Menorah will take place at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon on the Ellipse. There will be latkes, doughnuts and dreidels to spare, as well as performances by violinist Itzhak Perlman, cantor Itche Meir Helfgot and Hankus Netsky. Tickets are free, but required.