Northern Hemisphere dwellers will experience the shortest day of the year (or the longest night, depending on your outlook) on Friday Dec 21. If that makes you sad, there are many ways for you to keep your days (nights?) warm and bright with winter solstice events in Seattle. We've compiled them all below, from A Bonsai Solstice to Fremont's annual Feast of the Winter Solstice.

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Winter Party! Solstice Pre-Funk
Use sparkling wines from around the globe as a means of banishing your winter blues. You can also enjoy live jazz music and shop for candles and other goodies at a holiday gift market. 
Mr. West, Downtown


Solstice Stroll
Brighten up the darkest days of the year by walking through an illuminated garden, which will be open each day until the winter solstice passes.
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline


Seward Solstice Trail Run
Take advantage of the little daylight we do have this time of year by running a 4.2-mile or 10K trail run through Seward Park's old growth forest. 
Seward Park, Rainier Valley

Shadows & Light: A Cozy Winter Solstice
Live out your hygge fantasy with live acoustic performances, hot toddies, poetry, tea, and dancing to brighten up a dark winter night.
Photon Factory, Sodo


A Bonsai Solstice
Welcome winter by taking a serene walk through the woods taking in illuminated bonsai trees and acoustic music from Leon Christian, then shop for nature- and bonsai-themed gifts and take home a custom poem by Alexandria Manalo.
Pacific Bonsai Museum, Federal Way


Michael Meade Community Solstice Event
According to this event's organizers, solstice means "sun stands still," and in ancient times, people imagined that sun needed humans to save it from being swallowed by the darkness (bust out those fun facts at your next party). This evening of songs, poetry, rituals, and remembrance is meant to "bring the light of life back from the darkness." 
All Pilgrims Church, Capitol Hill


Arcadia Anniversary Dinner
Warm up with a four-course dinner as you take in a dazzling, wintery acrobatic performance by the Cabiri.
Arcadia, Ballard

Winter Solstice Walk
Take a candlelit walk on the darkest day/night of the year through the botanical gardens. The first 50 guests will receive a complimentary glowing mason jar to walk around with, and everyone can enjoy coffee and tea and the live Americana guitar stylings of Bryan Rust.
Graham Visitors Center, Madison Park

Winter Solstice Yoga at the Falls
Make the transition into winter as tranquil as possible by stretching in a yoga class at the woodsy Snoqualmie lodge. Then drink a mimosa and look at a waterfall.
Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie


Feast of the Winter Solstice
Join the Fremont Arts Council on the longest night of the year to celebrate the season into the wee hours with shared dishes, colorful costumes (the suggestions span from "dance floor royalty" to "high animal spirits," so don't be shy), art, a ritual, and live music.

Seattle Secular Solstice 2018
Regardless of your religion or lack thereof, celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with community members over songs and food at the annual Seattle Secular Solstice.
The Factory Luxe, Sodo