As December swiftly approaches and Thanksgiving dinners become distant memories, we begin to set our sights on a beloved Jewish holiday — Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. This December, our snowy mountain city offers a plethora of Hanukkah events that honor the holiday’s sacred traditions and celebrate its festive spirit. Here’s a sampling of Hanukkah events in Boulder this December.
When: 12/15, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
As part of the Colorado Chautauqua WinterFest, Jeff and Paige will bring their legendary talents to the stage for a Chanukah celebration. These storied musicians are a fixture in Boulder’s performing arts community and never cease to delight children and parents with their educational and inspirational shows.
When: 12/17, 6:15 – 8:00 pm
Where: Bear Creek Elementary School
Adventure Rabbi strikes again with an informative and lively celebration of Chanukah. This event focuses on uncovering what the holiday is truly about. Children and parents are invited to attend and bring their own Chanukah candles and matches.
When: 12/19, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Where: Rembrandt Yard
This highly anticipated Chanukah celebration consistently draws a crowd of Boulder’s young professionals who are interested in learning more about Jewish traditions through innovative, inspiring stories. Ignite provides an open bar and latkes all evening, and offers a safe space for story tellers to take the stage and share thought-provoking talks related to Chanukah and the Jewish religion.
When: 12/23, 5:30 pm
Where: 1300 block of Pearl Street
Kick off Chanukah with the Boulder County Center for Judaism at its annual Menorah lighting ceremony in downtown Boulder. Stop by this outdoor event for a taste of Jewish tradition in the form of sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and Chanukah favors. Listen to live music and sip hot chocolate while mingling with members of our city’s diverse community.
When: 12/29, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Downtown Louisville
WinterSkate in downtown historic Louisville is home to one of the largest ice rinks in the country. On the final day of the Festival of Lights, skate with family and friends to traditional Chanukah music and stay for the lighting of the menorah. Skating can work up an appetite so be sure and eat your fill of sufganiyot, provided by co-sponsor Boulder County Center for Judaism.
When: 12/22, 7- 9 pm
Enjoy the first night of Chanukah with Katie Glassman and her band Snapshot. Glassman is one of the country’s most well-known Texas-style swing fiddlers and, in conjunction with her band, the group will be performing foot-stomping melodies. Glassman never ceases to get the crowd swaying along with each lively tune. Don’t miss her incredible show this Chanukah.
Although this 8-day celebration isn’t included in the Jewish high holidays, it is one of the most beloved. Hanukkah embraces love, light, family, and tradition, uniting our Jewish community and giving cause for celebration.