Winter Solstice Events & Traditions

Question and Answer

Winter Solstice Celebration on the Ashfield Town Common in 2006. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Does your family celebrate the Winter Solstice? How do you mark the shortest day of the year?


  • Alisa Blanchard writes: “We’re watching the lunar eclipse and having friends over for a lighting of the candles and ringing of the bells. I can’t wait!”
  • Leslie Lynn Lucio writes: “Hoping for us to make it out to the solstice celebration at Arcadia…”
  • Susan Loring-Wells writes: “Celebrate Winter Solstice with a walk down through woods with friends to a cave for song and intentions of what we wish to bring from the darkness into the light.”
  • Share your family tradition or a community event HERE.

Community Winter Solstice events happening on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

5:30-8:30pm in Easthampton: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary will be celebrating the Winter Solstice with a community social, music, hot drinks and bonfire. 584-3009 (FREE)

6:30-8pm in Westfield: Snowfire at Amelia Park (21 South Broad St.) 562-2277 (FREE)

7pm in Ashfield: Winter Solstice Celebration on the town common. Bring your stories, songs, poems and share at the community-led event about a bonfire on the longest night of the year. 628-4503 (FREE)


  1. December 8, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Ashfield Solstice celebration takes place on Dec. 22, 2011,
    starting around 6:30 p.m. on the Town Common for town residents and their guests.

  2. Librarian Bambi said,

    December 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    What is the date for the 2011 Ashfield Winter Solstice celebration??? Couldn’t travel into another year without it..Take care..Librarian Bambi

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