Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is another popular, seasonal holiday celebrated by many around the world. Here in St. Louis, there are many ways to partake in the traditional Hanukkah fun, as there are many local family festivities to enjoy, crafts to make, stories to hear and food to eat. Hanukkah doesn’t overlap with Christmas this year, but rather starts earlier on December 8th and lasts eight days. Here’s a list of the top ways to celebrate Hanukkah in St. Louis.
Chanukah: Festival of Lights
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Price: Included with admission
Date: December 9, 2012 from 12 p.m. 4 p.m.
Each year, the Missouri Botanical Garden presents its annual Festival of Lights celebration. On December 9th, bring the whole family down to one of the loveliest spots in town and enjoy live Israeli folk music, dancing and a menorah lighting ceremony to mark the occasion. Visitors may also browse the marketplace full of traditional Hanukkah gifts and decorations.
JCC Hanukkah Event
JCC Marilyn Fox Building
16801 Baxter Road
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Date: December 9, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Jewish Community Center’s Hanukkah celebration is a very fun event for the whole family. Located in Chesterfield at the organization’s Fox Building location on December 9th, there will be plenty of awesome activities to enjoy including storytelling, candle making, a dreidel spin-off and lots of yummy, traditional holiday foods like potato latkes and jelly donuts. Don’t miss this festive party!
Brothers Lazaroff 2nd Annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo
Off Broadway in the Historic Cherokee Lemp District
3509 Lemp Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Date: December 8, 2012 at 9 p.m.
Along with making latke and lighting menorahs, Hanukkah traditions are richly rooted in wonderful, festive music. Popular local band Brothers Lazaroff started an awesome tradition of its own with this celebratory aspect in mind. Come down to Off Broadway and groove out to some fabulous Hanukkah-inspired tunes with this talented band who will perform “Eight Nights” in its entirety. The show will also feature a collection of musical artists with Jewish connections as well as some exciting surprises throughout the evening.
Chabad Home Depot Menorah Making
1603 S. Hanley Road
Brentwood, MO 63144
Date: December 2, 2012
Menorahs are an integral part of celebrating Chanukah, as families gather and light each night’s candle together and say a traditional prayer. Chabad of St. Louis partners each year with Home Depot to sponsor a cool, creative and crafty event at the Brentwood store location in which families can make their own menorahs. This community-wide event is truly a wonderful way to partake in Chanukah and also serves those in need, as Chabad encourages participants to bring donations as part of their Hanukkah Helper program to assist Jewish Family and Children’s Services.
Schnucks Ladue Crossing Hanukkah Celebration
Barnes and Noble Ladue Crossing
8871 Ladue Road
Ladue, MO 63124
Date: December 6, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Join the fun at the 19th annual Schnucks Ladue Crossing Hanukkah Celebration. This fabulous event features a storytelling session with Rabbi Avi Greene, a singing presentation by the Epstein Hebrew Academy Choir and, of course, free chocolate gelt for all attendees.
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