Serpent Mound

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Lighting the Serpent 
(rain or wind date Dec. 22nd)
At Serpent Mound - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Serpent Mound by helping the Friends of Serpent Mound with their annual "Lighting the Serpent!" Arrive by 5pm to take part in the lighting celebration, or arrive before 8pm, to enjoy the scenic, holiday, festive glow. 


 Fort Ancient

Ft. Ancient sunrise alignment celebration, Oregonia, OH (site is part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks aspiring World Heritage nomination)


Best Places to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

 Chaco Canyon

Observe a shadow cross a spiral glyph in the winter solstice alignment in a Chacoan Great House in New Mexico.  Park at the Pueblo del Arroyo parking area and walk 1/8 of a mile to Kin Kletso. 


Newgrange, Ireland

Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun.  

 America's Stonehenge

The sun sets in a notch on the left side of the Winter Solstice stone. 

December 21st: Winter Solstice (Yule)
Open sunrise to sunset.

Winter Solstice Celebration on December 18, 2016



Maeshowe is located in the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The Setting sun shines directly down the passage of Maeshowe, illuminating the back wall and passage in a dramatic fashion for a few minutes on the winter solstice.


Montol Festival

A six day winter festival in Cornwall, England. Montol is a modern day revival of celebrations dating back to ancient times. The evening’s festivities include: torch lit processions, participants dressed in costume,  the lighting of fire beacons, and a lantern parade.


Ancient Mounds, A guide to public earthen mounds, Earthworks, cliff dwellings, pueblos, petroglyphs, caves, stone chambers, rock art, and ancient sites of North America. Ancient Mounds are found all over the world. Sites listed by state, with maps and information on artifacts unearthed at each site.  Articles on Ancient People and Places.  History of Prehistoric Peoples Including The Hopewell, Fort Ancient, Phoenician, Anasazi, Vikings, Welsh, Irish, and more.  Learn about places to visit to see Ancient History.