Celebrate the holiday season and the shortest day of the year -- the winter solstice -- with a day filled with festivities in Manayunk this Saturday, December 21. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
This Saturday, December 21 marks the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the very shortest day of the year.
Cultures around the world celebrate this astronomical event, and this year Manayunk joins in the reveling with the inaugural year of an afternoon-long festival, Manayunk Solstice Fire.
Kicking off at 3 p.m., head to Canal View Park to catch a birds of prey show and live drum circle. Around 4:30 p.m., before sunset, guests can make wishes or affirmations on wishing sticks (reserve your wishing stick here), which will then be burned in a festive bonfire.
Plus, due to a weather postponement, this Saturday also brings additional holiday fun including a mummers performance from 1 to 3 p.m., free trolley rides up and down Main Street from noon to 7 p.m., and visits with Santa Claus from 4 to 7 p.m.
For the complete schedule of holiday events in Manayunk, check right here.
Remember, all parking meters in Manayunk are free every weekend in December, too!
Manayunk Solstice Fire
When: Saturday, December 21, 3-6 p.m.
Where: Canal View Park, Gay and Main streets
More info: www.manayunk.com