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Winter solstice in the suburbs: How, why and where to celebrate

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Visit the observatory at Harper College in Palatine to get a look at the sun, through a telescope, on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Bill Zars/Daily Herald 2002

Listen to tales around the campfire on Friday, Dec. 21, when the Forest Preserve District of Kane County holds its annual Winter Solstice Bonfire. Last year's was at Tekakwitha Woods; this year, it will be at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer, 2010

The solstice program at the Elgin Public Museum in Lords Park aims to teach guests about why this seasonal turning point holds such significance.

JOHN STARKS | Staff Photographer

Although the days will begin growing longer after Dec. 21, candles are a good way to light up the early winter evenings.

Christopher Hankins/Daily Herald 2005

Tall grass in the Exner Marsh is lit by the setting sun over Lake in the Hills as the longest night of the year, the winter solstice, approaches.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Participants during a previous winter solstice Walk make their way down the path at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

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The winter solstice on Dec. 21 is a date of celebration, when people of different religions and walks of life come together to observe the shortest day of sunlight and welcome back the sun. This also marks the first day of winter. A variety of events are being held throughout the suburbs to celebrate the solstice and the return of the sun.
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    • Visit the observatory at Harper College in Palatine to get a look at the sun, through a telescope, on Saturday, Dec. 22.
    •  Listen to tales around the campfire on Friday, Dec. 21, when the Forest Preserve District of Kane County holds its annual Winter Solstice Bonfire. Last year’s was at Tekakwitha Woods; this year, it will be at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles.
    •  The solstice program at the Elgin Public Museum in Lords Park aims to teach guests about why this seasonal turning point holds such significance.
    •  Although the days will begin growing longer after Dec. 21, candles are a good way to light up the early winter evenings.
    •  Tall grass in the Exner Marsh is lit by the setting sun over Lake in the Hills as the longest night of the year, the winter solstice, approaches.
    •  Participants during a previous winter solstice Walk make their way down the path at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
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