While I am not Jewish, I do have friends that are so I wanted to include a list of Chanukah (Hanukkah) events in the St. Louis area. Even if you aren’t Jewish, taking part and learning about the history of other religions can be very interesting.
- Chanukah: Festival of Lights
Missouri Botanical Gardens
Ridgeway Visitor Center at Monsanto Hall
December 6 from noon – 4pm
A traditional Jewish holiday celebration that includes festive Israeli music and dance, a menorah-lighting ceremony and Chanukah merchandise provided by local vendors and the Garden Gate Shop
- Chabad Show Me Chanukah #1
Lazaroff Chabad Center
December 7 at 7pm
Lighting of Missouri’s tallest menorah, hot latkes, donuts, dreidels and gelt
- Chabad Show Me Chanukah #2
Schnucks at Chesterfield Commons
December 9 at 6:30pm
Grand menorah lighting, music and dancing, hot latkes and Chanukah raffle
- Chabad Show Me Chanukah #3
Market on the Loop
December 10 at 7pm
Giant menorah lighting, live music, hot latkes and Chanukah gelt
- A Hanukkah Celebration with Chicago a cappella
Radio Arts Foundation 107.3 FM and 96.3 HD2
December 6 and 14 at 4pm
The vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella, under the artistic direction of Jonathan Miller, will present choral music for Hanukkah, including “Lo Yisa Goy,” a plea for peace by Stacy Garrop; movements from the majestic “Hallel Suite” by London-based Daniel Tunkel; and “I Have a Little Dreidel.”
- Jerusalem IMAX Movie
St. Louis Science Center Omnimax Theater
See show times on SLSC
A film with a tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. The movie also follow three young Jerusalemites and their families, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.
- Chanukah Hoopla Party
Bais Abe on Delmar
December 7 at 5:30pm – 8pm
Join your friends at Epstein Hebrew Academy and Bais Abraham Congregation for a celebratory evening of crafts, dinner & a community candle lighting on the 2nd night of Chanukah!
If you know of any other celebrations and events happening around the area for Chanukah 2015 please feel free to add them in the comments below.[signoff]
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