Many religions have significant celebrations this month. December 21, which is the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, is also known as Yule or Solstice to those who worship nature but theres no need to wait until next week to mark the date, since there are three Solstice-centric parties tonight.
The 25th annual Winter Solabration, an amalgamation of storytelling, performances, community singing and dances, will be at the Highlands Masonic Center, 3550 Federal Boulevard; the event, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance at midnight. Admission is free for kids under six, $8 for kids six to twelve, $18 for teens and students and $32 for the general public; find more info at www.wsolstice.org or 303-571-9112.
The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, is bringing back its Winter Solstice Celebration and Yule Ritual, which celebrates the rhythms of the Earth with indigenous and modern customs and throws in a musical appearance by Tuatha. It starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $13; for reservations, call 303-294-9258.
And 3 Kings Tavern, 60 South Broadway, is hosting an Odin's Winter Solstice masquerade ball that starts at 7 p.m. and will feature music by Heartbeat, the Siren Project, Odins Other Eye, Born in Winter and Fire in the Asylum; pagan vendors and fortune tellers will also be on the bill. Tickets are $7; for more info, dial 303-777-7352.
Sat., Dec. 18, 6 p.m., 2010