A Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, December 18, 2020, 7:30 to 11 p.m. ET

Held virtually on Zoom

Celebrate one of the longest nights of the year with a virtual edition of SMITHSONIAN at 8. Traditionally, the winter solstice is recognized by a wide range of cultures through feasting and festivals. Gather your friends and family (remotely) to fill your glasses and your tables, dance in merriment, learn something new, and usher in this year’s solstice, which takes place on December 21.

Your ticket includes access to:

  • A live set by DJ Trayze
  • A cocktail-making demonstration by Mary Beth Albright, food anchor at the Washington Post, with an ingredients list provided in advance so you can sip along at home
  • A cheese board–building workshop and guided tasting led by DC’s Cheesemonster Studio*
  • A live tour of the winter night sky with staff from George Mason University Observatory
  • A curator talk with James Deutsch of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage on winter solstice folk traditions from around the world
  • Trivia with a Smithsonian twist**

An event timeline will be announced in advance; a single Zoom link is provided, and you can come and go as you please.

Cheesemonster Studio
* A shopping list will be provided if you’d like to buy your own ingredients to build a cheese board, or you can purchase a kit directly from Cheesemonster Studio. The kit includes three different cheeses, dried fruit, pickled veggies, crunchies (i.e., nuts or quicos), and preserves. The cheeseboard-building kits can either be picked up from Cheesemonster Studio (713 Kennedy St. NW, Washington, DC 20011) or shipped. Please choose your preferred option at check out. Pick-ups will be available on Thursday, December 17 and or Friday, December 18 between 3 and 6 p.m. Shipments will go out on Monday, December 14, so shipping orders will end on Sunday, December 13.

** Participants are welcome to form trivia teams on their own. All participants must be registered, but teams will nominate a single team member to submit answers on behalf of the team. We encourage teams to communicate via text (or another platform outside of Zoom) during trivia to discuss questions and come up with responses. A maximum number of five prizes will be available to the winning team. If you would like to be set up with a team, please e-mail CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org and we will coordinate. Please note teams are not required; you may play individually.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover

Ticket Prices & Policies

Pre-sale through November 27:
  • General Admission: $12
Starting November 28:
  • General Admission: $15

Tickets are available for purchase online only. Sales will end at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 18.

If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.

Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. There are no Smithsonian Associates member discounts or any other special discounts for Smithsonian at 8 event tickets.