Updated: 2022 Hanukkah Events Guide: Menorah lightings, live music events and more


There’s no shortage of in-person, free, family-friendly events this Hanukkah season to commemorate the Festival of Lights, which begins on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 18 and concludes the evening of Monday, Dec. 26. Here is a roundup of the communitywide happenings — please note that while most of these events are free, several ask for a RSVP in advance.

Monday, Dec. 19

Celebrate Hanukkah in downtown St. Louis: Chabad of Greater St. Louis is hosting the first-ever “Chanukah @ The Arch” on the second night of Hanukkah. Following a 6 p.m. menorah lighting ceremony at Kiener Plaza Park, there will be Jewish holiday music and winter fun for families, including free ice skating and latkes. Register here for free tickets.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Menorah Car Parade: Chabad of Chesterfield’s 10th annual Menorah Car Parade will feature 100+ menorah-topped car parade that culminates in a special anniversary celebration. The event will feature a public menorah lighting event with a 75-foot Hanukkah gelt drop (with eight lucky golden gelt winners), a laser light show, live Jewish music, glow up balloons, entertainment, and Hanukkah treats. Unlike traditional parades, everyone is invited to participate by driving in the car menorah parade. Each car will receive a swag bag complete with car decorations, a Jewish music radio program, treats and activities. Parade attendees are asked to meet at Chesterfield Central Park at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the special 10-year anniversary celebration at 7. RSVPs required.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Rabbi and reverend discuss similarities between Hanukkah and Christmas: The Mirowitz Center will feature a free, in-person discussion from 10-11 a.m. on “Oy to the World: Similarities Between Hanukkah & Christmas” led by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham of B’nai Amoona and Rev. Jim Poinsett of Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis. Register online or call 314-733-9813 or email [email protected].

Sunday, Dec. 25

Hanukkah celebration at NHBZ: Nusach Hari B’nai Zion will hold its annual Hanukkah party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25. The event will include bingo for all ages with prizes, kids’ dreidel games, prizes and chocolate, balloons by Mike Geerlof, sloppy joes, hot dogs and more.  The cost is $15 for adults, $9 for children under 10 and no charge for children 3 and under ($60 maximum cost per family). Open to the community but RSVPs required by Dec. 18 to [email protected] or 314-991-2100.