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Solstice Celebration

Event information

Date: Thursday, December 21, 2023

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: All ages. (Children must be accompanied by registered adult.)

Contact: 815-722-9301

Location: Isle a la Cache Museum

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A campfire glowing at night. Photo via Shutterstock

Event details

Chase away the dark and cold with a blazing bonfire celebration at Isle a la Cache! Cozy up around the flames with hot cider while listening to the ancients’ stories of the loss and rebirth of the sun. Discover how they partied, feasted and honored their way through the season. Learn how science explains the solstice today, which is no less extraordinary than the tales of old. Stick around to chat, enjoying the warmth of the fire and the brisk winter nighttime sky or an optional short hike around the island.

Event requirements

Registration required by Tuesday, Dec. 19: 815-722-9301.


This program will take place outdoors, so dress for the weather. Feel free to bring blankets and comfortable camp chairs. Meet at the Isle a la Cache Amphitheater, just past the museum entrance.

The program will take place on uneven ground and includes less than 0.25 mile of walking on paved, limestone and natural surface trails. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.