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Jingle bells on winter solstice at Elizabeth Street Garden

Ring in the winter solstice, literally — and then ring it again on the way out at the Elizabeth Street Garden.

Thurs., Dec. 21, is the winter solstice, officially kicking off winter in the Northern Hemisphere. On the solstice, the noonday sun is at the lowest point in the sky, and the period from sunrise to sunset is the shortest of the year.

On a positive note, though, the day also represents “the return of light” as the days begin to grow longer.

At the Elizabeth Street Garden in Little Italy they annually get in tune with the solstice by ringing handbells.

There will also be free hot beverages from the nearby botanical dispensary The Alchemists Kitchen, music and more. It’s strictly BYOB (Bring Your Own Bells).

To be on time for the chimes, be there from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, on Elizabeth Street, midblock between Prince and Spring Streets.

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