Drive-Thru Hanukkah Light Display Returns to Rockwern Academy in Kenwood

"So much of Hanukkah is about light."

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click to enlarge The Let it Glow Hanukkah light display returns to Rockwern Academy in Kenwood - Photo: Screengrab of Video from Robert White
Photo: Screengrab of Video from Robert White
The Let it Glow Hanukkah light display returns to Rockwern Academy in Kenwood

Cincinnati's first drive-thru Hanukkah light display is back for a second year.

Let it Glow returns to Rockwern Academy in Kenwood from Dec. 18-22 and Dec. 24.

"So much of Hanukkah is about light. The holiday is known as the 'festival of lights,' and it comes at the darkest time of the year," Rockwern's Head of School, Rabbi Laura Baum, tells CityBeat.

This year's display, located in the school's parking lot, will feature Hanukkah-themed inflatables, lights and student photos and artwork, Baum says.

Attendees can access a soundtrack of Hanukkah music at rockwernacademy.org/glow or via a QR code to accompany the 3- to 7-minute drive.

Baum says the school plans to make this an annual tradition — and make it "bigger each year."

The goal is to not only provide a fun illuminated experience, but also help educate the public about different holiday traditions.

"The Hanukkah story is about a miracle of a small amount of oil lasting for eight days to provide light in the ancient temple. Since that time, Judaism has focused on publicizing the miracle of light during this season," Baum says. "It's a wonderful opportunity for Jewish families to celebrate the holiday in a fun and exciting way — and a great way for the broader community to learn more about Hanukkah."

Let it Glow takes place 6-8 p.m. Dec. 18-22 and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 24. Hanukkah occurs Dec. 18-26 this year.

Admission is free. Rockwern Academy is located at 8401 Montgomery Road, Kenwood.

More info: rockwernacademy.org/glow.

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