December’s full Moon rises on December 29, 2020. The original Old Farmer’s Almanac will reveal everything you need to know about the Full Cold Moon and what makes it special.
The Full Moon in December 2020
Technically, the full Moon reaches peak fullness on December 29, 2020 at 10:28 P.M. EST—and earlier is time zones further west.
(Note: In England, the full Moon date is the 30th at 3:28 A.M.)
Look for the full Moon to appear above the horizon just before sunset. To find the exact time that it will be visible in your area, consult our Moonrise Calculator.
What makes this full Moon special? It’s most distinctive for its high trajectory across the sky, causing the full Moon to sit above the horizon for a longer period of time.
Moon Phases for December 2020
Below are the dates and times (in Eastern Time) of the Moon’s phases in December 2019. Click here to see the Moon phase dates and times for your location.
|Last Quarter: December 7, 7:37 P.M.|
|New Moon: December 14, 11:17 A.M.|
||First Quarter: December 21, 6:41 P.M.|
|Full Moon: December 29, 10:28 P.M.|
When is the next Full Moon? Consult our Full Moon Dates chart.
December Full Moon Names
- December’s full Moon has traditionally been known as the Full Cold Moon by some Native Americans tribes since this is the month that heralds in the cold winter season.
- This full Moon was also called the Long Nights Moon by Native American groups because it rose during the “longest” nights of the year, which are near the December 21 winter solstice. The “Long Nights Moon” name is also fitting because December’s full Moon shines above the horizon for a longer period of time that most moons.
- Ancient European pagans called it the “Moon Before Yule,” in honor of the Yuletide festival celebrating the return of the sun heralded by winter solstice.
See a full calendar year of full Moon names and their meanings.
Best Days in December 2020
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in December.
- Aboveground crops: 15, 16
- Belowground crops: 7, 8
For Setting Eggs
- 8, 25–27
- If a snowstorm begins when the Moon is young, it will cease at moonrise.