12-foot Hanukkah menorah to be lit Thursday in St. Louis Park

A 12-foot glow-in-the-dark Hanukkah menorah will be lit on Thursday in St. Louis Park.

The Chabad Centers of Minnesota said it will light the menorah at Byerly’s on what is the first night of the eight-day holiday.

"The menorah serves as a symbol of light and hope for us today amidst the darkness of the pandemic, as it did for generations before us," Rabbi Yitzi Steiner said. "The flames of the menorah shine out into the night, reminding us that even when confronted with much darkness, a tiny light can dispel it all. Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference."

According to the Chabad Centers, this year will have added significance with so many people isolated at home on Hanukkah during the pandemic.

The centers will have pre-packaged menorah kits and holiday treats-to-go for the drive-in event, which is set to start at 5 p.m.

The menorah lighting is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign launched by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in 1973.