The winter solstice, which astronomically stands for the moment when the earth's axial tilt is farthest from the sun, also stands as the most ancient midwinter celebration and the source of many holiday traditions now associated with Christmas. Unlike Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanza, observance of the solstice does not involve subscribing to any one belief or ethnic tradition. Everyone is welcome to celebrate at the 17th annual Winter Solsticelebration at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, on Friday. The whole thing starts at 6 p.m., with the solstice service from 7 to 9 p.m. and a Yule Fest before and after--including roving characters, music, photos with Father Winter, hot soup with bread and lots more. Admission is $10 at the door, $8 in advance, $5 under 13 and over 65. Call 214-261-5599 or visit earthrhythms.org.
Fri., Dec. 18, 6 p.m., 2009