We here in the Bay Area have a plethora of events, celebrations, and exciting things to do at this time of the year. Between rituals, tree lightings, Santa sightings, concerts, and winter celebrations there is something fun to do practically every day of the month.
And this abundance of holiday traditions includes Pagan holiday celebrations. For the Winter Solstice we shiver through the longest night of the year and hope that the light will return. When the sun rises on Solstice morning, Pagans across the globe celebrate the returning of the Sun.
Pagan events and rituals around the Bay don't all revolve around a sunrise celebration, but there are plenty of celebrations to choose from. If you want to honor this holy day with community this Yule, try checking out one (or more) of these celebrations that are happening in and around the Bay.
Solstice of the Goddess Rising - Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe
Self identified women only
Friday, December 20th at 8pm. 2121 Bonar Street, Berkeley. $10 donation
Winter Solstice Ritual and Potluck for Women - Carolyn Hunt Rituals
Friday, December 20th at 7pm. Terra's Temple, Oakland. $20 donation
Winter Solstice and Poliahu - Daughters of the Goddess
Womyn only event
Friday, December 20th at 7:30pm in Concord (address given when RSVP received). $15 donation
ReTurning of the Light - NROOGD
Friday, December 20th at 7pm. UU Church of Palo Alto.
Winter Solstice Ritual - San Francisco Reclaiming
Friday, December 20th at 3:30pm. Ocean Beach at Taraval Street
Winter Solstice Bonfire - San Francisco Reclaiming
Saturday, December 21st at 3:30pm. Ocean Beach at Taraval Street
Women's Winter Solstice Ritual - Diana's Grove
Saturday, December 21st at 5:30pm. Oddfellows Hall Sebastopol. $10-$30 donation
Sing Up the Sun - Reclaiming East Bay
Saturday, December 21st (Solstice morning at sunrise). Tilden Park.
Solstice with Starhawk - North Bay Reclaiming
Sunday, December 22nd at 6:30pm. The Grange Hall Sebastopol. $10-$30 donation