Your cozy outfit and the temperature outside where you live might be saying it's already Winter, but in reality, the Winter solstice won't happen until Dec. 21. On that day, the sun is in its most southerly position in the sky, and while it does mark the beginning of the year's coldest season, the day is cause for celebration: all the days following will subsequently get longer. Slowly, yes, but more vitamin D will come your way nonetheless.
The phenomenon leads to some pretty epic parties around the world. Different cultures have been celebrating the solstice in their own unique ways for centuries, some even millennia. So whether you're looking to catch a glimpse at celestial wonders or rock out alongside fire dancers until sunrise, we're bringing you eight fantastic places around the world from which to welcome the frosty season.