UPDATE: Triangle Park to host event celebrating final night of Hanukkah


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – This year, Lexington’s Jewish Community is proud to bring its Hanukkah celebration to downtown Lexington for friends of all faiths and backgrounds to enjoy.

Hanukkah, the Jewish “festival of lights,” began at sundown on Sunday, Nov. 28. Each night the community gathered by the 9 foot Menorah in Triangle Park to share in the valued holiday traditions.

On Sunday, Dec. 5, the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass (JFB) will be hosting a major event in downtown Lexington at Triangle Park to close out the eight-day festival.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m., with JFB’s PJ Library program sponsoring ice skating, hot chocolate, donuts and fun for the whole family. At 5:30 p.m., Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Governor Andy Beshear will join the festivities to light the last Hanukkah candles of the 2021 celebration.

In the spirit of community and joy this holiday season,  the Lexington community is encouraged to join the event, to learn more about Hanukkah and to help bring more light into the world.

To learn more about Hanukkah, click here.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Lexington’s Jewish Community is coming together to host numerous events celebrating Hanukkah.

Hanukkah, the Jewish “festival of lights,” begins at sundown on Sunday, Nov. 28 and lasts for eight nights. It is a festival commonly celebrated with gift exchanges, eating traditional foods such as latkesor potato pancakes, and nightly lighting of a candelabra called a Hanukkah menorah.

This year, the Lexington Jewish community will come together to share the Hanukkah experience in conjunction with the annual holiday lighting taking place downtown.

The annual tree lighting festival, coordinated by Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP), is a family-friendly event and is being held this year on Sunday, Nov. 28 at Triangle Park with activities starting at 3 pm. As a member of the DLP, the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass has been invited to participate and bring a diverse approach to the holiday season.

The Jewish community will participate in the festivities with a joint community choir singing Hanukkah songs at 5:15 p.m. Families can enjoy eating chocolate coins called gelt and playing with 4-sided tops called dreidels. Around 5:30 p.m., the community will gather to recite the special holiday blessings and light the candles of the 9-foot menorah.

Each night of the festival, one of the eight Jewish organizations in Lexington will host candle lightings as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m.: Candle lighting hosted by University of Kentucky Hillel
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m.: Candle lighting hosted by the Lexington Chapter of Hadassah
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.: Candle lighting hosted by Temple Adath Israel
  • Thursday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m.: Candle lighting hosted by Ohavay Zion Synagogue
  • Friday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m.: Candle lighting hosted by Lexington Havurah
  • Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m.: Candle lighting hosted by Chabad of the Bluegrass and Chabad at UK Jewish Student Center
  • Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m.: The Jewish Federation will close out the Festival of lights with children’s activities and Hanukkah snacks. Gov. Andy Beshear will join the Jewish community to light the final candle and close out the Festival of Lights.

For more information, visit www.jewishlexington.org/hanukkah (click here).

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