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How to Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Kids
December 8, 2015

By Kim Foley MacKinnon
 
The shortest day of the year, signaling the beginning of winter, has been celebrated throughout the world in any number of ways: with music, prayer, bonfires, and other festivities. This year, the solstice falls on December 22.
 
Since the solstice is on a Tuesday, which may not be ideal for kids, many places are celebrating a bit early. You can also celebrate in your own way. Why not bundle everyone up and head outside for a bonfire, take a walk in the winter night to look for animals, or make a bird feeder to hang in your yard? It’s nice to take time out from all of the commercialism the season can bring and reconnect with your kids in a natural setting.
 
Below are a few places you can celebrate with your family; call or check the websites for registration info.
 
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015
Woodland Winter Solstice Stroll, Ravenswod Parkin Gloucester, Mass. This candlelit stroll at twilight celebrates cultural diversity and the winter solstice in a woodland park setting. The stroll will be followed by a fire, hot chocolate, and s'mores. Lanterns will be provided, but bring your own if you have them.
 
5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
Illumination Night, Governor Hutchinson's Field inMilton, Mass. Mark the winter solstice with a campfire and treats, followed by a tree lighting to help illuminate the darkest days of the year.
 
5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
Winter Solstice Celebration at the Old Manse in Concord, Mass. Join staff members for a walk through the Old Manse, one of the nation's most significant historic homes. Experience the house on a late winter's afternoon and hear impressions of Concord winters recorded by the Hawthornes, Emerson, and Thoreau. Outside, on the back lawn, there will be candles, torch-lit pathways, singing, a ceremony, and light snacks.
 
4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 2015   
Solstice Stones Soiree at the Ward Reservation in Andover, Mass. This candlelit solstice soiree starts with a trail walk followed by a gathering around the solstice stones with a warm fire, hot chocolate, and s'mores.

5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
Winter Solstice Tree Lighting at Francis William Bird Park in Walpole, Mass. Grab a cup of hot cider or cocoa and circle around for a tree-lighting ceremony celebrating the arrival of the winter season.
 
 
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