The winter solstice is coming up on Wednesday, December 21 and the Bay Area knows just how to celebrate with nature hikes, music, an ocean dip and more.
Sunday, December 18
Winter Solstice Saunter, 10am-2:30pm, Let your inner Druid shine on a solstice hike in Mount Diablo State Park, search for signs of the season, including mistletoe and Christmas berry (toyon).
Tuesday, December 20
Winter Solstice Plunge, 3:30-6:30pm, sunset on the eve of the year's longest night, drumming for after "the plunge" in Ocean Beach (Quintara.)
Wednesday, December 21
Winter Wonderland, 3-5pm, the solstice celebration is a popular event at Muir Woods. Rushing Redwood Creek, waving redwood pillars, thoughtful slugs and frantic bats are some of the signs of winter we'll look for on this two mile hike through Muir Woods. December 21 may be the shortest day of the whole year, but it's long on fun! Please call 415.388.2596 to sign up and enjoy this awesome forest with Ranger Lucy, Muir Woods Visitor Center.
Windham Hill Winter Solstice 30th Anniversary concert, 7:30 pm, celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases, Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.
“Sing Up the Sun” Solstice Sing-Along, 6:30am, sing in the East Bay hills to greet the sun on solstice morning. Wear layers and bring drums, shakers, tambourines, flutes, tubas, etc., and maybe a thermos of your favorite hot beverage, Tilden Park.
Winter Solstice Celebration, 3-7pm, Celebrate the winter solstice! Join rangers for crafts and games in the park orchard, followed by a campfire at 5pm. Songs and stories honor John Muir and the changing of the seasons, John Muir National Historic Site.
Ursids: Winter Solstice Meteor Shower, The annual meteor shower peaks during the winter solstice. As many as 100 meteors per hour have been seen – but only in short bursts. You might see 5 to 10 meteors per hour in a dark sky, but moonlight will likely lessen the number in 2016.