Learn about the Full Moon for December—plus, Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more.
This year, Father Christmas will have a full Moon to light his way! The full Moon falls on the 25th of December for the first time in 38 years.
December Full Moon Name
In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the Moons, December’s Full Moon was known as the Full Cold Moon. It is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.
This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes because it’s near the winter solstice—the night with the least amount of daylight.
See a full calendar year of Full Moon names and their meanings.
If a snowstorm begins when the moon is young, it will cease at moonrise.
Moon Phase Dates 2015
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
||Last Quarter: December 3, 2:42 A.M.|
||New Moon: December 11, 5:29 A.M.|
|First Quarter: December 18, 10:15 A.M.|
||Full Moon: December 25, 6:11 A.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Best Days in December 2015
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in December.
- Aboveground crops: 21, 22
- Belowground crops: 2, 3, 30, 31
For Setting Eggs:
- 4, 22-24, 31
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