The longest night of the year is December 21, the Winter Solstice. Here's what happens to celebrate Midwinter in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Twin Cities.
Events are on December 21 unless otherwise noted.
Lighting up the night is traditional on the darkest days of the year, and you can't get much brighter than the Holidazzle Parade. The Holidazzle parade's last night is traditionally the last weekend before Christmas. In 2013, the final parade - forever - is on December 21.
The First Universal Church celebrates the Winter Solstice after sundown with a special service at 7.30pm on the evening of December 21.
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality in St. Paul is holding a celebration of light and peace. The event is free, donations are welcomed, all ages and welcome to all. Thursday December 19, 7 - 8.30 p.m.
Two family events are held on Saturday 21 December. A family Winter Solstice Hike at Cleary Lake Regional Park at 6pm; and a Winter Solstice Celebration at Carl Kroening Interpretive Center in Minneapolis, from 2-4pm, where visitors can hike, make crafts, and enjoy treats by a bonfire.
Drumming and chanting at the 10th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration from Drumming the Soul Awake. On December 13, 14 and 15, at the Minnesota Opera. Tickets are $20.
The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis invites guests to a Winter Solstice Celebration on Saturday December 21, from 3-8pm. Tours of the ASI mansion and holiday exhibits, bonfires outside, special offers in the museum store, all included in the regular museum admission price. Guests can optionally stay for a festive dinner and glogg, Swedish mulled wine, at FIKA, their wonderful on-site cafe.