The Full Moon for December 2018 rises on the 22nd—and will be close to full (95%) on Christmas eve. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Cold Moon. Read why—plus, see more Moon facts and folklore.
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.
Moon Phases for December 2018
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
|New Moon: December 7, 2:20 A.M.|
|First Quarter: December 15, 6:49 A.M.|
||Full Moon: December 22, 12:49 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: December 29, 4:34 A.M.|
When is the next Full Moon? See our Full Moon Dates chart.
The Moon should still glow large (95% illuminated on Christmas eve!)
Best Days in December 2018
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in December.
- 1, 3, 29, 30
- 5, 28
Traveling for pleasure:
- 25, 26
- If a snowstorm begins when the Moon is young, it will cease at moonrise.
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