If you like to celebrate midwinter, there are some events happening in Puget Sound around the shortest day of the year! Check them out!

Winter Solstice Dinner with the Puget Sound Revels
Wednesday, December 7
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416

6:00pm wine social, 6:45pm dinner starts, 7:00 program starts, 8:15 program ends. Members: $25; Non-Members $30. Register online.

The Christmas Revels in Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday
December 17, 18, 20 and 21
Rialto Theater
310 S. Ninth Street
Tacoma, WA, 98402

This year The Christmas Revels features music, dance and folklore from old Bavaria. Sankt Nikolaus and his sometimes alarming, always unpredictable helper Knecht Rupprecht join the large Revels cast in their jolly annual assignment to drive the dark away with traditional dance, processionals, carols & drama. Tickets start at $12/person. Purchase online.

David Lanz Winter Solstice Concert
Tuesday and Wednesday
December 20 and 21
Jazz Alley
2033 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

David Lanz, composer and pianist, returns to Seattle for his annual Solstice concert. This year at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, in addition to his popular holiday arrangements and the Lanz classics, David and his group will give you a world premiere of his latest recording, Here Comes The Sun, a follow up up to his release, Liverpool Re-Imagining the Beatles. In concert, David Lanz, effortlessly blends his emotionally affecting music (“a gift to the soul” wrote one reviewer) with audience involvement and his own charming comic-take on life. Tickets are $29.50/person. Call for reservations or book online.

Winter Solstice Sunset Viewing Event
Wednesday, December 21
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Solstice Park
7400 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA 98136

For a view of a beautiful sunset on the shortest day of the year, head to 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!

Feast of Winter Solstice
Wednesday, December 21
1415 NW 51st Street
Seattle, WA 98107

A family-friendly, potluck event facilitated by the Fremont Arts Council. The moment of the solstice is at 9:35 pm, right in the midst of the event, and you’ll be informed about it during the evening. Tickets are $25/person in advance, only. Purchase online. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the event, email volunteer@fremontartscouncil.org.

Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk
Thursday, December 22
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Riverfront Trail, downtown Snohomish

It’s the sixth annual walk along the river in historic downtown Snohomish. The Snohomish River Trail is lined with luminaries! Stroll with friends, come a-caroling, or simply contemplate the beauty of the evening along the downtown Riverfront Trail.

Honoring the Darkness, Celebrating the Light
Thursday, December 22
Hummingbird Studio
West Seattle

A Solstice/Hanukkah Fire Ritual & Gong Meditation. 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. Register HERE, or call 206.309.4667. $28 pre-payment required.

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