Chabad plans Hanukkah events in three St. Louis area locations

Rabbi Novack of Chabad is joined by University City Council member Paulette Carr at the public Menorah lighting on the Delmar Loop in a previous year.

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 

• 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 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.