Ironically, Loring Park will host a festival of light to commemorate the darkest day of the year. The second annual Winter Solstice Celebration of Lights will be held Sunday, Dec. 19, two days before the shortest daylight period of the year.
The celebration, sponsored by the neighborhood group Citizens for a Loring Park Community (CLPC) and Loring Park staff, runs 4-8 p.m.
A mask-making party for adults and youth kicks off the celebration, along with musical and poetic performances in the Loring Park Center in the park near Willow Street and West 14th Street.
Those who attend will also be able to help construct a green holiday wreath based on ancient solstice rituals. A special Mummer's fire ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. with a bonfire. Kairos dancers will lead a procession around the fire to celebrate the sun.
Refreshments will also be provided. For more information, go to CLPC's Web site at www.loringpark.org.