If you’re looking to celebrate the yule season with pagans in Wisconsin, you’re in luck. Wisconsin is home to to several pagan groups who will be hosting events to mark the winter solstice and/or celebrate yule.
What is Yule?
Yule is the name of a pagan Germanic festival that marks the midwinter season of what today falls between November and January in the Northern Hemisphere. Several related pagan festivals are sometimes also commonly (but imprecisely) referred to with the term “Yule,” including the Winter Solstice and the Norse Mother’s Night.
For modern pagans (or NeoPagans), the Yule season includes a variety of festivities that celebrate winter and mark the nadir of the sun’s seasonal light. Other pagan variations on the Yule season include the Welsh festival of Alban Gaeaf, the Gaulish Devoriuros, and Roman Saturnalia.
Druid Yule & Winter Feast (12/14)
Protogrove of the Singing Oak Springs will hold their midwinter celebration on Saturday, December 14, from 12 – 6 PM, near Pewaukee.
Although druids are known for their love of the forest, the event will be held indoors in a rustic (but well-heated!) lodge. There will be a workshop beginning at 12, followed by a Norse ritual at 2 PM. Potluck follows, so attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share.
Longest Night Interfaith Solstice Celebration with Circle Sanctuary (12/19)
An Evening of Music, Stories, Reflections & Ceremony with Candlelight Meditation for World Peace. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (doors open at 7) at the Gates of Heaven Building in Madison. Registration and more details on the Circle Sanctuary event page.
Yule Sabbat Celebration (12/20 – 12/22)
The Deeply Rooted (DR) community is hosting a Yule celebration Dec 20 – 22. DR is an intentional pagan community located near Athens, WI. Cost for the entire weekend is $25 for adults. To learn more about Deeply Rooted, visit the Deeply Rooted website or connect through their Facebook page.
Yule/Mother’s Night (12/21)
Wolves of the North are a group of Norse pagans and Asatru followers based in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. They’ll be hosting a Yule/Mother’s Night celebration on Saturday, December 21st near Burlington, WI. Those interested in attending will need to contact contact their Chieftain, Sal.
Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance at Kinstone (12/21)
Early morning event to mark the shortest day of the year. Begins at 7:30 AM (arrive early enough to park) and takes place outdoors. Kinstone monolith garden is located about half an hour north of La Crosse, WI, on the Mississippi River.
Yule at Circle Sanctuary (12/21)
If you’re looking for an event the whole family will enjoy, Circle Sanctuary is the place to be. Celebration takes place Saturday, December 21, one hour west of Madison.
Activities include cookie and ornament decorating, a nature walk, birdseed crafting, gift exchange, as well as music and storytelling. The day concludes with a Yule ritual at 5 PM. Register online or at the door. $25 for adults registering online, $30 at the door. Children 5+ are $5/$10.
Yule Celebration at Sweetwood Temenos (12/21)
Sweetwood is hosting a Yule ritual at 3 PM, followed by a potluck dinner and bonfire into the evening. Sweetwood is located near LaFarge, WI. Visitors must RSVP ahead of time. Contact information can be found on the Sweetwood Temenos website.
Yule/Solstice Celebration (12/22)
Ritual and potluck at Altered State of Mind in Milwaukee. Event begins at 6 PM.
If you know of another pagan-themed winter event happening in Wisconsin and would like it listed here, please leave a comment or contact me.