Winter Solstice Dates

Winter Solstice Dates

Would you like to know the dates of the Winter Solstice until 2050? Here is the information you’re looking for.

Winter Solstice, or December Solstice, occurs between December 20 and 23. Due to the shortest day of the year, there are few daylight hours left on this day. 

The south pole faces the Sun on or around 21 December, while the north pole points in the opposite direction. At noon, the Sun is above the horizon at 23.5 degrees (the Tropic of Capricorn). This will result in the longest daylight hours of the year for everyone in the southern hemisphere.

Winter Solstices Timings until 2050

Winter Solstice

The word solstice originated from the Latin word sol, meaning ‘Sun,’ and sisto, meaning ‘to stand still. Although the Sun never appears to be stationary throughout the year. During the winter solstice, the South Pole points towards the Sun; days are the longest, and nights are the shortest. Sunrays directly hit the Tropic of Capricorn. 

Around six months, continuous daylight is experienced beyond the Antarctic circle. Winter Solstice takes place on or around 22nd December.  It marks the start of winter in some countries and calendars.

Date/Time Table for Winter Solstice

The table below indicates the Winter solstice dates and timings until 2050.

Year Date Winter Solstice Time
2017 Dec-21 4:29 PM
2018 Dec-21 10:22 PM
2019 Dec-22 4:19 AM
2020 Dec-21 10:03 AM
2021 Dec-21 3:59 PM
2022 Dec-21 9:48 PM
2023 Dec-22 3:28 AM
2024 Dec-21 9:20 AM
2025 Dec-21 3:03 PM
2026 Dec-21 8:50 PM
2027 Dec-22 2:43 AM
2028 Dec-21 7:19 AM
2029 Dec-21 1:14 AM
2030 Dec-21 7:09 PM
2031 Dec-22 1:56 AM
2032 Dec-21 7:57 AM
2033 Dec-21 1:45 PM
2034 Dec-21 7:35 PM
2035 Dec-22 1:31 AM
2036 Dec-21 7:12 AM
2037 Dec-21 1:08 PM
2038 Dec-21 7:01 PM
2039 Dec-22 12:41 AM
2040 Dec-21 6:33 AM
2041 Dec-21 12:19 PM
2042 Dec-21 6:04 PM
2043 Dec-22 12:02 AM
2044 Dec-21 5:43 AM
2045 Dec-21 11:36 AM
2046 Dec-21 5:28 PM
2047 Dec-21 11:07 PM
2048 Dec-21 5:02 AM
2049 Dec-21 10:51 AM
2050 Dec-21 4:39 PM

Winter solstice is a time of joy and self-reflection as the days begin to lengthen again. At the winter solstice, ancient cultures celebrated with festivals and rituals throughout history. 

One of the most common celebrations was a feast in honor of the sun god, which often involved fasting beforehand as an act of purification.

 Another important tradition at the winter solstice is gift giving, as it was believed that anything given on this day would bring good luck or special protection throughout the year to come.


Why is the Winter Solstice important? 

The Winter Solstice is a time of joy and self-reflection as the days begin to lengthen again. Ancient cultures celebrated the Winter Solstice with festivals and rituals, such as feasts in honor of the sun god and gift-giving for good luck and protection throughout the year.

How does the Winter Solstice affect daylight hours?

The Southern Hemisphere experiences the longest daylight hours during the Winter Solstice, while the Northern Hemisphere experiences the shortest.

When does the Winter Solstice occur? 

Each year, the Winter Solstice occurs on or around December 22nd, with the exact date and time-varying due to Earth’s orbit not being perfectly circular.

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