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Spiked cider and sound baths: How the Bay Area is celebrating the winter solstice today

The longest night of the year is a good tine to check out ‘Entwined,' Charles Gadeken's light installation in Golden Gate Park. | Eloïse Kelsey for The Standard

The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, which may sound depressing. But it also heralds the return of light in the months to come, and the event is a springboard for many a witchy, pagan ritual. 

Winter technically started on Wednesday at 1:47 p.m. in California. So go celebrate the depths of darkness—and the seeds of light—with one of the following events, many of which are free. 

Winter technically began at 1:47 p.m., and there's only 9 hours and 36 minutes of light today. | Benjamin Fanjoy/The Standard

Go on an Art Walk in Inner Sunset

Meet at 1108 Irving St. for a free art walk through the Inner Sunset from 5 to 8 p.m. Participating businesses will have drinks on hand to keep you warm as you pick up those last-minute holiday gifts. More information and details here

Gather in Glen Park 

Meet your neighbors at Glen Park Recreation Center at 7 p.m. for this free and informal gathering that will include poetry recitations, music and year-end reflections. More information and details here

Bathe in Sound and Yoga in Ingleside

Indulge in a healing sound bath and slow yoga practice to transport yourself to another dimension from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ocean Avenue Yoga Flow. The $45 tickets and more information are available here

Attend a Drum Circle in Pacifica 

Channel your inner shaman by attending the annual Winter Solstice drum circle in Pacifica happening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets and more details available here

Enjoy the City’s Lights on the Longest Night 

Anticipate the coming light on the longest night by visiting one of the many all-night light displays spread across the city as part of Illuminate SF, or the return of "Entwined," Charles Gadeken's light installation in Golden Gate Park. More information and locations here

Drink Hot Cocoa in Lafayette

There’s lots on tap for the Winter Solstice celebration in Lafayette from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 1035 Carol Lane: music, small bites, hot cocoa, spiked cider and even a fire-infused performer and candlelight labyrinth walk. Learn more about the various activities planned here

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