Winter Solstice starts on Monday December 21, 2020. This is scientifically known as when the Earth’s poles are at the furthest incline or tilt away from the Sun. Some claim that’s why there’s the least amount of sunshine on that day. Celebrations of this day consist of events, festivals and gatherings that may entail dancing around fires, throwing birdseed, singing and chanting to welcome in the winter season.

In astrology terms, there are also different meanings. I love anything astrology based that has to do with the sun, moon and stars so I’ve done my research. It seems as if the sun is going towards Capricorn. We can let go of loose ends and welcome in new beginnings, you may feel this shift. You can do further research to see what this means depending on your zodiac sign.

After Winter Solstice, we can also look forward to each day getting brighter, the closer we get to spring.

Here are some Winter Solstice events in the Hudson Valley that you can join in on.

  • Winter Tree Walking Tour will be at Olana State Historic Site. This event will begin on December 19th, 2020 from 1:00pm-2:00pm or 2:30pm-3:30pm. This walking tour is open to all ages and cost ranges from $15-$25 but only $5-$10 for members. The tour will be about 60 minutes at a gentle speed in the great outdoors. John P. O’ Grady will be leading this tour with his expertise as an educator, writer and researcher. Grady also has an extensive background in environmental studies.

Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY

518 828 1872


  • The Outdoor Discovery Center is hosting a Winter Solstice Event on December 19th, 2020 at 3:30pm. This event is for all ages and there is a small admission fee. Pre-registration is required. There will be a scavenger hunt. Please bring face masks.

The Outdoor Discovery Center

Muser Drive, across the street off of Angola Road

Cornwall, NY 12518

845 534 7781


  • Phoebe Leona who is nOMad’s founder and Mvt109’s creator is hosting a Winter Solstice event on Sunday December 20th, 2020 at 1:00pm. Phoebe plays many roles such as dancer and podcast host along with being a yoga instructor and educator on how to live a full life. This event will include intentions filled with light, movement, laughter, grounding techniques and more. This event is free but it is recommended to take part in their Community Membership Program and enter in at $30 per month.


  • Jessica d’Arcy from Wellness Through Wisdom is leading Winter Solstice readings with herself and Maggie. Jessica is not only a Holistic Health Practitioner but also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She has many talents that also include Aroma Therapist, Nutritional Counselor, Herbalist and more. She is certified in Clairvoyant Energy Healing, Reiki and many more levels of therapy. This will be a virtual event on Sunday, December 20th, 2020 at 6:00pm. This event is $25 and limited to 8 people on Zoom. Payment is needed to hold your place and ticket.

2 Lagrange Ave., Suite 203

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

845 372 9323

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