Best Of 2022

Best New Drive-Thru Light Display

While most Cincinnati drive-thru (and walk-thru) winter light displays lean heavily on Christmas imagery, Rockwern Academy Jewish day school in Kenwood set up the city’s first Hanukkah-centric illuminated event in November. Dedicated to the festival of lights, “Let It Glow” featured inflatable Hanukkah decor, including a giant menorah and dreidel, as well as blue-and-white-colored lights and student artwork projected onto outdoor screens. The free event also included a soundtrack of songs sung by Rockwern students, plus hot cocoa and donuts. “While Hanukkah is a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish calendar, it is an opportunity to celebrate light in a dark season and to celebrate the resilience of the Jewish community. In American culture, our children are surrounded by public displays of Christmas, and we wanted a meaningful way to publicly share the joy of Hanukkah as well,” says Rabbi Laura Baum, Rockwern Academy’s head of school. “We find creative ways to celebrate Jewish holidays throughout the year, and this felt like a fun new way to celebrate Hanukkah.”