Chabad of Greater St. Louis has several events planned in the St. Louis area on the first night of Hanukkah, Sunday Dec. 22. The events, which are free, are:
• A Hanukkah Car Menorah Parade, organized by Chabad of Chesterfield, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. atCentral Park, 16365 Lydia Hill Drive in Chesterfield. Attendees will be treated to the menorah car parade led by Judah Maccabee on horseback, along with a 75-foot chocolate “gelt drop,” latkes, hot chocolate and doughnuts. Music and a menorah lighting will also take place. For more information and to RSVP to receive a free Hanukkah winter hat, go to www.chabadofchesterfield.com/4196258.
• Hanukkah on Main Street in St. Charles. Hosted by Chabad of Greater St. Louis from 5 to 6:30 p.m., this first-time event will feature the lighting of a 9-foot Hanukkah menorah at Berthold Square (221 Main Street) in St. Charles followed by a community-wide celebration with Jewish holiday music, refreshments, and fun for the kids, including the gelt drop and a chance to meet and take a photo with “Dreidel Man.” Free LED Menorah necklace for everyone (while supply lasts).
• Public menorah lighting and celebration on the Delmar Loop. Hosted by Chabad on Campus, this event takes place at 6:30 p.m.at the Market in the Loop, 6655 Delmar Blvd. The celebration will feature a central public menorah lighting, and include live music, latkes, greetings from local dignitaries, chocolate Hanukkah gelt for children and dancing.