Lighthearted Starts to Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights

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Inundated by Christmas carols, Christmas trees and Christmas sales in nearly every store, some of us may forget there's another celebration going on: Hanukkah (or Chanukah, however you choose to spell it), a celebration of the Jewish faith and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah, also known as Erev Hanukkah. In Boise, there are a few places to get your latke on this Hanukkah.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho will participate in the downtown menorah lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. The menorah, at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street, is known as Idaho's tallest menorah at 13-feet high. The menorah lighting event is FREE and open to all ages.

Another great place to enjoy a Hanukkah celebration is Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road. At the tea room's Chanukah in Shangri-La event on Thursday at 6 p.m., you can enjoy a menorah lighting and take a few spins with a dreidel. Even if you have two left feet, you'll still get a kick out of the dancing and music from the Fleet Street Klezmer Band. Chanukah in Shangri-La is free and promises to be a good time for kids and adults.