Do you wonder what causes the winter solstice, and what does it mean? Come to Harold Parker State Forest next Tuesday and learn about this day, which was among the most important days of the year to ancient peoples, according to organizers.

The Harold Parker State Forest Winter Solstice Celebration will be on Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m., complete with hot chocolate. There will be a short hike prior to the solstice sunset ritual.

The solstice will be at sunset at exactly 4:14 p.m. People are encouraged to dress warm, wear hiking footwear and bring water.

Here's where to park: Take Route 114 from either the North or South and follow the signs to Harold Parker State Forest. Turn right at the stop sign. The pavilion is on the left.

For more information call 617-828-1728 or visit The program is free and is co-sponsored by the Friends of Harold Parker and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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