By: John Derric

Winter Solstice 2023

Wednesday, December 21st, 2023, at 5:44 PM EST (varies slightly across time zones).

 Shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Marks the official start of winter.  Celebrated by various cultures and traditions.

 Expect colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours across the country.


Potential for snowstorms in some regions.

 Many communities host solstice celebrations, festivals, and light displays.

Some popular activities include stargazing, bonfires, caroling, and visiting museums with extended hours.

 Exact sunrise and sunset times vary depending on location.

 Some cultures view the solstice as a time for introspection and new beginnings.

 Did you know the term "solstice" comes from the Latin words "sol" (sun) and "sistere" (to stand still)?