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Winter Solstice Family Day

December 17, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Elachee Nature Science Center welcomes Marie Bartlett, Director of the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center at the Northeast Georgia History Center as part of the ongoing Community Conservation Program Series.

During this family-friendly program you will enjoy learning the history and lore of the Winter Solstice, then may participate in making ice candles! These FREE programs are by registration only.


  • History and Lore of Winter Solstice
    Guest speaker Marie Bartlett invites you into the history and lore of Winter Solstice, one of the longest running traditions of the natural world. Celebrated by countless civilizations, this shortest day of the year marks the symbolic conclusion and rebirth of the Sun. 
    20 Participant Maximum. Best suited for ages 6 and up.
  • Faux Finnish Ice Candle Creation
    Make your family’s very own version of Finnish Ice Candles. Historically made to honor past loved ones, the Finnish people created ice candles to light their homes and acreage during the Winter Solstice time. While Georgia does not stay chilly enough to keep ice candles frozen, we invite you to participate in this family-friendly craft.
    30 Participant Maximum. Best suited for ages 3 and up.

PROGRAM LOCATION: Elachee Nature Science Center
*Minors must be accompanied by an adult participating in the program.
Note: the Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission parking fee is waived for this program.


Elachee Nature Science Center
2125 Elachee Drive
Gainesville, GA 30504 United States
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