This article is from 2015. See 2016 solstice celebrations here.
Winter—and its solstice—is coming. Here are 9 ways to celebrate the solstice (which officially happens next Monday, December 21, at 8:49 pm), including star parties, a beer festival, and themed concerts.
The Christmas Revels
Trolls, dancing, costumes, folk stories, and fiddles are all slated to appear at this Christmas Revels Nordic Celebration. The performance will explore themes of light and dark related to the season and the solstice, through the story of an evil witch who squirrels away the sun and moon.
A Winter Solstice Concert
Stanley Greenthal and SeaMuse play Celctic & Balkan tunes, with traditional songs and poems interspersed.
Winter Solstice Hafla
This winter solstice event will warm your bones with performances by belly dancers and live music by George Sadak. Remember to bring a nonperishable item to donate to the food bank!
What's This? A Nightmare Before Christmas Tribute
Columbia City Theater describes their solstice performance thusly: "Ever wish an awesome band would play the soundtrack to Nightmare Before Christmas and other befitting songs live? Ever think that performances live to such a musical delight would make for a perfect solstice? Well good news! That's just what we're doing."
A Bonsai Solstice
Right before the darkest day of the year, explore a collection of beautiful and mystical bonsais illuminated by candlelight. Bring a flashlight; Trader Joe's will provide hot cocoa, and you can purchase crepes from the Crisp Creperie food truck.
Darkest Days Beer Festival
Celebrate the dark days with some dark ales. Stout is offering "a minimum of 10" different specialty stouts, porters, and winter beers.
The Illuminated Walk
The Greenbank Farm Management Group presents their last event: a festive winter solstice celebration. Outfit yourself with everything that glows (no fire!) and be a part of this human firefly procession towards the ridge at dusk.
Winter Solstice Feast
Celebrate the winter solstice with this festive potluck-style feast, featuring decorative headwear, live entertainment, and lots of community bonding.