Yes, Virginia, there is a solstice
On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the sun will set at 4:54 p.m. in Santa Fe, marking the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. The Santa Fe Children’s Museum celebrates the seasonal event with a spate of full-moon outdoor activities for children. Kids can snake their way through a labyrinth made of luminarias, watch “flying farolitos” take to the air, join a drum circle lead by Akeem Ayanniyi, and listen to winter stories told by Juliette Stavely. S’mores and hot cider will be served. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21; tickets are $5.
After Christmas, the museum also features three holiday performances. On Monday, Dec. 27, the Smokin’ Bachi Taiko group performs Japanese-style Taiko drumming. On Tuesday, Dec. 28, Clan Tynker — an ensemble of performers trained as jugglers, magicians, and tightrope walkers — shows off its prowess on the high wire. Finally, on Wednesday, Dec. 29, Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee deliver “The Rosemary Plant,” a musical storytelling performance based on a classic Italian folk tale. All performances cost $5 and run from 6 to 7 p.m. The museum is at 1050 Old Pecos Trail. For more information, call 989-8359.