Mayor Sandy Stimpson will light Mobile’s very first public menorah on tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Bienville Square to kickoff the first night of Hanukkah. The menorah will remain in the park for the next eight nights in keeping with Jewish tradition.

“During Hanukkah, the menorah stands as symbol of light to dispel darkness,” Stimpson said. “This seems fitting as this is a bright time in Mobile’s history as we light the city’s very first public menorah. Mobile has a strong heritage of embracing people of different faiths and I think tonight embodies the spirit of One Mobile.”

Following the menorah lighting, spectators will also enjoy a performance from fire juggler Aaron Antioch.

This family friendly event will also feature free crafts, glow in the dark t-shirts, hot latkes, jelly doughnuts, gelt, candy-filled dreidels and music.