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Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21, 2023

The Institute’s fourth annual Winter Solstice Celebration, marking the longest night—or shortest day—of the year, which falls on December 21 this year in the Northern Hemisphere. Since ancient times, people all over the world have recognized this important astronomical occurrence and celebrated the “return of the sun” in a variety of ways. After the solstice, the days get gradually longer. Join this family-friendly celebration of the season with folktale storytelling, hands-on solstice activities for children like making garlands of popcorn and berries and edible ornaments for animals, live music, fire-pit warming stations, and hot chocolate stations. Members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand with telescopes to observe the winter skies. After sunset, there will be opportunities to view the celestial features of the winter sky. Vendors and specific details are to be announced. The entire event is outdoors, so dress accordingly.


December 21, 2023