State officials were among those who attended the first public menorah lighting in the republic's history.
It began, like all great things do, with a Twitter poll.
Ivo Molinas, chief editor of Shalom newspaper in Turkey, asked his 3,200 followers if they would like to see a Hanukkah candle lighting take place in a public square in Istanbul.
Over 3,700 people responded, 40% of whom said that would be a pretty good idea. While not a resounding "yes," it was enough.