The Full Cold Moon
The Full Moon for December 2019 rises on the 12th! Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Cold Moon. Learn why—and see more Moon facts and folklore.
Moon Phases for December 2019
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
|First Quarter: December 4, 1:58 A.M.|
|Full Moon: December 12, 12:12 A.M.|
| ||Last Quarter: December 18, 11:57 P.M.|
|New Moon: December 26, 12:13 A.M.|
When is the next Full Moon? See our Full Moon Dates chart.
December Full Moon Names
In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the Moons, December’s full Moon was known as the Full Cold Moon. It is fittingly associated with 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 occurs near the winter solstice—the day with the least amount of daylight.
See a full calendar year of full Moon names and their meanings.
Best Days in December 2019
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in December.
- 19, 20
- 18, 22
Traveling for pleasure:
- 15, 16
- If a snowstorm begins when the Moon is young, it will cease at moonrise.