Alban Arthan: The ancient Celtic ceremony of the
Winter Solstice is known in the Druid tradition asAlban
Arthan, which can be poetically translated as ‘The
Light of Arthur’. Here Arthur is equated with the Sun-
God who dies and is reborn as the Celtic ‘Son of Light’
– the Mabon – at the Winter Solstice.
The ceremony at Stonehenge Aotearoa will
commence at 4:30 pm, shortly before sundown.
Please arrive and check in no later than 4:10 pm.
Weather permitting we will observe the sun set over
the winter solstice heel stone. As the ceremony
continues the stars appear and the candles are lit from
the Druidic fire.
Winter Solstice Dinner and Presentation
ceremony (at approx. 6 pm) we travel to the dinner
venue (10 minutes drive) for a Winter Solstice Dinner.
Vegetarian meals are available and must be ordered
when making your booking. Our after dinner speaker
is astronomer Richard Hall who will deliver a special
presentation on the Winter Solstice and ancient starlore.
The bar will be open and guests are welcome to
stay on and socialise after the presentation.
Fee including the ceremony at Stonehenge, the
Solstice Dinner and presentation: Adults $45, children
Society members who are prepared to help with car
parking, crowd control etc. can attend the henge free
but must pay for the dinner and presentation ($30).
They must book in and let us know they are helpers in
advance, otherwise they will be charged the standard