Winter Solstice in Fairbanks

The Summer Solstice is certainly the most popular of the solstices and deserving of all the bacchanalian festivals celebrating this spectacular day. What’s there not to love about longest day of the year in the middle of summer?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the less enjoyed Winter Solstice marks the longest, darkest night of the year. There’s no reason to hate its arrival, however, especially if you plan to be anywhere near Fairbanks, Alaska on December 21.

Fairbanks Winter Solstice Festival is an annual event which attempts to bring a little sunshine into the lives of the local people with games for the kids, a visit from Santa, live music, and even a fireworks display.

Me? I’ll be waiting until June 21–the longest day of the year–to visit Fairbanks when the weather is warmer and baseball games are played at 10:30 p.m. with only the midnight sun to illuminate the field.

(via Los Angeles Times)