Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year, as well as the official beginning of winter. The phenomenon is caused when the Earth’s axis tilts the furthest away from the sun, giving less than 12 hours of daylight to all locations north of the equator. Although it’s the day of greatest darkness, the Solstice is a time of great hope for the sun’s rebirth, as we start to move towards the Summer Solstice once again. This moment has been marked with festivals and feasts by peoples around the world for centuries.

It is a wonderful time of year to come together and celebrate. Join us for a lantern-lit stroll through the neighborhood stroll. We’ll meet at Cambridgeport at 5:30 on Tuesday, December 21 where folks can enjoy some hot cocoa and make your own lantern. Or bring your own lanterns and we’ll provide the LED tea lights.

If you would like to learn more about the science and history of winter solstice visit  Kid’s National Geographic and 10 Facts about the Winter Solstice.

If you’d like help with your at-home DIY lantern, we’ve got this how-to video courtesy of Julia Sharpe, to help you out. Happy crafting! Can’t wait to see what you make.

Wishing you light and a very merry solstice!