Celebrate Winter Solstice in the Twin Cities

December 21st is the longest night of the year. On the bright side, it is not even Christmas yet and we can consider this the turning point. We’re officially heading back toward spring after this! Celebrate the winter solstice with these Twin Cities events. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019 – Early Event

In The Park After Dark: Solstice Stargazing: Constellation Exploration @ Silverwood Park • 7:00-8:30pm • Learn why our north star is special and how to use it to find your way. Look for new and familiar shapes in the night sky and discover their history and folklore. • All Ages • $5/pp • Reservations required. Activity #1SIL1700.

Preschool Solstice Festival @ Heartfelt Crafts • 10:30am • “As our half of the world grows darker, we can create our own light inside.” Join Heartfelt for felt lantern making and festive snacks. • All Ages • $22/pair $12/additional child • Reservations required. Call 612-877-8090.

Friday, December 20, 2019 – The Eve of the Solstice

Solstice Party @ McRae Park • 6pm-8pm • Join McRae Park for a festive celebration of Winter with a dance party, crafts,  and new years goal setting and worry releasing. • All Ages • Free • Activity #98523

Saturday, December 21, 2019 – Winter Solstice Events

Co-op Kids Solstice Celebration@ Eastside Food Co-op • 1:00-2:30pm • Make decorative and delicious-smelling orange-clove pomanders, enjoy warm beverages, and learn more about the first official day of winter. •  Free • Drop-In
Solstice Celebration @ Coon Rapids Dam • 3:30-5:30 pm • Explore international solstice traditions and snowshoe to “tie down” the sun. Enjoy refreshments by a campfire and create crafts. • All Ages • $8/pp • Reservations required. Activity #1CRD1050.
Solstice Celebration @ North Mississippi Regional • 5:30-7:30pm • Nature walk along a luminary trail, make your own luminary, play winter themed games, face-painting, bonfire with hot cider and campfire treats. and enjoy the warmth of a bonfire while sipping hot spiced cider with campfire treats • All Ages • $5/13+; Free: Kids under 13 free • Activity #97366
Solstice Campfire @ Wargo Nature Center • 6:30-8:00pm • Learn a little bit about the history and traditions of the winter solstice, and celebrate together with a silent night hike, campfire, mulled cider, and songs. • All Ages • $5/pp +Vehicle Fee: $6 • Pre-Registration Required
Be the Light Winter Solstice Walk @ Westwood Hills Nature Center • 6:30-8:00pm • Activities will include a self-guided luminary trail to remember those suffering from mental illness, bonfire, s’mores and making your own luminary. Note: Park at St. Louis Park Middle School • All Ages • Free • Pre-Registration Required
More Ideas for Celebrating the Winter Solstice:

Photo Credit: Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum

  • Make this your night to visit Holidazzle.
  • Break out the hot cocoa and s’mores and play these outdoor games in the backyard. Why wait until summer?


Winter Solstice

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