There will be a variety of activities held throughout Bexley during the holiday season, including a tree lighting ceremony, story time with Santa Claus and a pancake breakfast.

There will be a variety of activities held throughout Bexley during the holiday season, including a tree lighting ceremony, story time with Santa Claus and a pancake breakfast.

The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department and the Bexley Celebrations Association will host the community tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, on Drexel Circle.

Bexley Celebrations will provide hot chocolate and cookies and is organizing entertainment for the event.

Anne Lewis, Bexley Celebrations chairwoman, said the tree lighting is one of four main activities offered by her organization. The others are the harvest celebration, the Easter egg hunt and Fourth of July festivities.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the recreation department and Bexley Historical Society will host the annual pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Jeffrey Mansion. The event includes live music and all-you-can-eat pancakes served by city council and city commission members, recreation director Michael Price said.

Story time with Santa will be held on Dec. 13. Children are invited to come to Jeffrey Mansion and listen to Santa read a story. While the program is free, residents are asked to register because there are limited spots available.

"In the past we have gotten into a waiting list," Price said.

The program will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. and includes story time and a visit with Santa, hot chocolate and snacks.

The Jewish Community Center is planning several family events during December to celebrate Hanukkah.

"There is a wide array of activities (and) hopefully something everyone can enjoy," JCC communications director Kriss Galloway said.

Jewish Experiences for Teens will hold its annual Hanukkah Party on Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rule 3 in Pickerington. Teens will participate in the lighting of Hanukkah candles and then enjoy bowling and playing in the Wii lounge and arcade. Contact Samara Chodosh at 559-6255 or schodosh@columbusjcc.org for reservations.

Gallery Players will open its annual Children's Hanukkah Show with a production of "Capture the Moon" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the JCC. The play tells the story of Jewish people who are too poor to have lanterns and look for ways to capture the moon.

Performances will take place Dec. 5 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for JCC members, $16 for non-members, $10 for senior members, $14 for senior nonmembers and $8 for children or students. For more information, visit the Gallery Players' Web site, www.jccgalleryplayers.org.

A kosher Hanukkah dinner will be served following the Dec. 12 performance. The cost for the dinner is $8 for adults and $5 for children under age 8. Reservations are required and can by made by contacting Tina Rice at 559-6271 or send an e-mail to trice@columbus.jcc.org.

On Dec. 13, the JCC will host the community's annual Hanukkah Hop from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and includes arts and crafts, interactive games, singing and dancing. A kosher family Hanukkah dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for a family of 5. Reservations are required and due by Dec. 8 by contacting Rice.

On Christmas Day, the JCC's children, youth and campaign department will sponsor a free family fun day with a Wii tournament, a movie and a light kosher lunch. The event runs 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.