Celebrate Winter Solstice in the Twin Cities


December 21, 2018 is the longest night of the year. Really, 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. This year, it’s a particularly nice night to get outdoors because the moon will be nearly full. Because the solstice and full moon are so close together this year, I’ve tossed in full moon events, too.

Winter Solstice Celebration @ North Mississippi Regional • 5:30-7:30pm • Make a luminary and drink hot cider by a bonfire while learning why the amount of light changes throughout the year and which winter constellations to look for in the sky • All Ages • $5/13+; Free: Kids under 13 free • Activity #87900
Winter 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

Saturday, December 22, 2018 – Winter Solstice (and Full Moon) Events

Full Moon Snowshoe @ Cleary Lake • 6:00-8:00pm • Explore winter signs and sounds under the light of the full moon by snowshoe (or hike if no snow). Equipment is provided. • 6+ • $5/pp • Reservations required.

Full Moon Snowshoe with S’mores @ French Regional • 6:00-8:00pm • Explore winter signs and sounds under the light of the full moon by snowshoe (or hike if no snow). Followed by s’mores by the fire. Equipment is provided. • 6+ • $7/pp • Reservations required.

Walk When the Moon is Full @ Lowry Nature Center • 6:30-8:00pm • Explore winter at night on a moonlit trail. Dress for the weather and walking on uneven terrain. Equipment is provided. • 6+ • $5/pp • Reservations required.




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