Details for 2023’s Winter Solstice Lantern Stroll

  • Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2023
  • Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Where: Meet at Cambridgeport Playground

Join with the Cambridgeport community as we celebrate the winter solstice by walking together to spread light throughout the neighborhood.

If you’d like to volunteer to help out contact the PTO at

More about the Winter Solstice Lantern Stroll

Since 2021, we have hosted a Winter Solstice Lantern Stroll where we come together to light up the longest night. The night begins on the Cambridgeport playground with a lantern making station and hot cocoa and hot cider. Then we gather together for a with a lantern-lit stroll through the neighborhood.  It’s a fun way to break up the long winter!

The event is free to all members of the Cambridgeport Community. Participants are welcome to bring your own lanterns from home too. LED tea lights will be provided to light the way.

We also have an at-home DIY lantern print-out that students will bring home in their backpacks. See below to print out your own DIY lantern template. For help with your at home kit, here is a how-to video courtesy of Julia Sharpe & co. Happy crafting!

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. 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.

Wishing you light and a very merry solstice!