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Celebrating Hanukkah around Louisville

A Hanukkah menorah with presents and cookies.

Happy Hanukkah, Louisville. | Photo by cottonbro studio via Pexels

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Hanukkah sameach, Louisville. Hanukkah begins this weekend on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 18 and ends on Monday, Dec. 26. Here’s how you can celebrate the Festival of Lights around Derby City this year.


These celebrations are open to the public and hosted by the Jewish Community of Louisville, a local nonprofit that supports the community through programming.

  • Trager Family JCC Hanukkah Celebration | Monday, Dec. 19 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Trager Family JCC, 3600 Dutchmans Ln. | Free | Celebrate with latkes, donuts, and live music by Misha Feign — plus a Hanukkah story at 4:30 p.m.
  • Hanukkah Ice Skating at Paristown | Thursday, Dec. 22 | 6-8 p.m. | 731 Brent St. | $15 for skating | The night will be bright with ice skating, games, and giveaways — plus use promo code “JCC” to save $2 on the skating fee.

Can’t make it to an event? Consider making a donation to the Jewish Community of Louisville.

paristown ice skating

Skate your heart out. | Photo by Michael Getz


Fuel up with Jewish comfort food at Cold Smoke Bagels inside Logan Street Market. We recommend toasting to life with the l’chaim plattertwo bagels and schmears with pickles, veggies, herring, lox, and pastrami salmon. Hosting a party? Check out its catering options.


City Editor Katie orders her Cold Smoke veggie bagel with horseradish cream cheese. | Photo by @theloutoday

For those who prefer sweet over savory, Wiltshire has plenty of holiday options. Drool over its honey apple cakes and chocolate hazelnut babka.

If you’re picking up pastries for a party, impress the crowd with the Hanukkah cookie box stuffed full of macaroons, hamantaschen (triangular pastries with fruity filling), and rugelach (kind of a cross between cookie and croissant). Place your holiday pre-orders by Monday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. for pick up on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1310 E. Breckinridge St.

The holiday is about so much more than food and festivities. How are you celebrating Hanukkah this year? Let us know.