With Chanukah arriving so early this year, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on the must-catch events of the holiday season. From Baltimore’s biggest Chanukah party to a hilarious, holiday-themed comedy show, we’ve got it all here. But don’t worry, the fun doesn’t stop when the dreidels stop spinning.

Check out Jmore‘s holiday-inclusive event picks for December to light up all the nights.

Hot Chocolate 5K

Runners take off at the Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5K in 2017. (Photo by Ed Bunyan)

3rd Annual Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5K

Reward yourself with a cup of steaming hot chocolate after completing this scenic 5K through the community. Not feeling it? Try the one-mile fun run, instead. Come find out why past participants consider this their favorite way to kick off the Festival of Lights.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, Dec. 2

Also see: Community Comes Out for Hot Chocolate Run



Chanukah at Gunther

Skip the kitchen clean up and enjoy the third night of Chanukah at Gunther & Co. as the restaurant offers a holiday-themed a la carte menu featuring favorites like potato latkes, smoked salmon, braised beef brisket and jelly doughnuts.
Gunther & Co., Dec. 4

Brew Ha Ha

Brew Ha Ha (Photo by Jordan August Photography)

Chanukah Brew Ha Ha

How about a hipster Hampden Chanukah? Union Craft Brewery invites you to throw on an ugly sweater and join them for local beer, festive food and fun ways to get in the seasonal spirit (heh). You might even score some 3D-printed items.
Union Craft Brewery, Dec. 4





Mortified: Share the Shame (Handout)

Mortified: Share the Shame, Holiday Edition

Prepare for a night filled with comedic, seasonally inappropriate memories as real-life adults share their most embarrassing teenage moments. We can all relate to a menorah or mistletoe mishap from our painful adolescence.
Creative Alliance, Dec. 8

Also see: Quick 5: How Awkward!



Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb in the recording studio (Handout photo)

Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb performs irresistible pop songs like her big hit, “Stay (I Missed You).” After her performance, you’ll understand why she was the first pop musician to have a number one single without a record deal. And you’ll probably love her iconic specs, too.
Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Dec. 8




Cirque Nutcracker

“Cirque Nutcracker” comes to Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Cirque Nutcracker

Watch as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and aerialist from the inspiring Troupe Vertigo unravel – and put their own spin on — the classic tale at this spectacular holiday-themed show.
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Dec. 13-16





'Die Hard'

Bruce Willis in “Die Hard” (Photo courtesy Flickr)

Interactive movie night: “Die Hard”

Pick up a Bruce Willis-inspired drink before you shout out your favorite lines from this “holiday” action film. (You know the line we’re thinking of.) This event includes games, contests and a whole lot of fun.
Creative Alliance, Dec. 20




“It’s a Wonderful Life” Annual Benefit Screening

What’s more wonderful than a free screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and an opportunity to give back to those in need? The Senator Theatre asks you bring non-perishable food to this favorite movie event. You know what happens every time a bell rings …
Senator Theatre, Dec. 22-23