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Best Winter Solstice Celebrations

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The solstice is on its way! Whether the Mayan Calendar is right or not, plan to celebrate the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. Here are some of our favorite solstice events in Puget Sound.

David Lanz Winter Solstice Concert
Tuesday and Wednesday
December 18 and 19
7:30pm
Jazz Alley
2033 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
206.441.9729
http://www.jazzalley.com

David Lanz’ Winter Solstice concert has become a Seattle tradition. This year at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, it will be twice the enjoyment as we help David celebrate the release of two new CDs! You will hear performances from both, Joy Noel, his new 2012 holiday CD, and Cristofori’s Dream…Re-Envisioned, the just released 25th Anniversary Solo Piano Edition. Tickets available online.

Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk
Friday, December 21
about 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Downtown Snohomish, WA 98290
http://www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org

Stroll with friends, come a-caroling, or simply contemplate the beauty of the evening along the Riverfront Trail.

Winter Solstice Sunset Viewing Event
Friday, December 21
4:05pm – 4:35pm
Solstice Park
7400 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA 98136
http://www.alicesastroinfo.com

Although there may be celebrations and fun all over Seattle, there is at least one place where you can actually measure the astronomical significance of the longest day of the year: Solstice Park in West Seattle. Walk past the tennis courts, through the P-Patch and continue on up the hill. When the trail ends go five more feet to enter the stonework circle and get the best views of sunset. The official sunset is at 4:20pm. Dress warmly!

Winter Solstice Meditation and Music
Friday, December 21
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Source Yoga
6720 Regents Blvd
University Place, WA 98466
253.238.3688
http://www.sourceyogaonline.com

Come together with your Source community for a quieting yoga and meditation practice with live music to acknowledge the shortest day and longest night of the year and to celebrate the returning of the sun! Your yoga and meditation practice will be deepened by the exquisite accompaniment of the Native American and Chinese Flutes played by world renowned musician Gary Stroutsos. Cost $35/person. Register online.

Longest Night Service and Labyrinth Walk
Friday, December 21
4:00pm – 9:00pm
Plymouth Church Seattle
1217 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.622.4865
http://www.plymouthchurchseattle.org

Walking the labyrinth is a spiritual practice. Whether you pray, meditate, reflect or walk in gratitude, the rhythm of walking, putting one foot in front of the other, on this archetype of wholeness, empties the mind, relaxes the body and refreshes the spirit. The Labyrinth will be open for walks from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, and again after the 7:00pm service until 9:00pm.

Honoring the Darkness, Celebrating the Light Solstice Fire Ritual & Gong Meditation
Friday, December 21
6:30pm
Hummingbird Studio
West Seattle
206.309.4667
http://www.innerlistening.com

Bring a candle and join with like-minded souls to mark this terrifyingly wonderful dark night. The ritual portion will be held outdoors rain or shine so come prepared. Then, we will move inside for a special gong meditation. Last year’s event was tremendously inspiring for many people. Don’t miss this powerful earth-based gathering! Refreshments provided. Cost is $28/person. Please pre-register online or by phone.

Changing of the Ages: A Special Winter Equinox Class
Friday, December 21
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Seattle Unity Church
200 Eighth Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
seattleunity.org

Be sure to join in on this special evening to strengthen and align yourself with the cosmic vibrations of our mother earth and build your caliber for easy transit into the full Aquarian experience.

Sultan Solstice Celebration
Friday, December 21
7:00pm
Sky Valley Visitor Center
320 Main Street
Sultan, WA 98294
360.793.0983
http://www.snohomish.org

The theme for this gathering is “Bestowing Comfort and Embracing Hope”. You are invited to gather at the Visitor Center for a night of support and compassion.

Winter Solstice Concert
Saturday, December 22
7:30pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall
6532 Phinney Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98103
206.528.8523
http://www.seafolklore.org

On the longest night of 2012, celebrate the winter solstice with the traditional tunes, songs and poetry of Stanley and Kip Greenthal, with Jamie Laval and Christos Govetas. Jamie Laval is one of the best Celtic violinists around. Christos Govetas sings and plays clarinet, oud and bouzouki, performing regulary in Seattle. Stanley sings and plays guitar and bouzouki while Kip adds vocal harmony and percussion. Together they light a blazing solstice hearth for this unique winter evening. Tickets are $16/person. Children $8/each. Reserve online or by phone.

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