In any case, the solstice occurs in the northern hemisphere on Thursday, Dec. 21, marking the official start of the winter season and also the shortest day of the year — the day with the least amount of sunlight. After that, each day will gradually grow longer and the nights will grow shorter. (See, there is a reason to celebrate, after all.)
When does the winter solstice occur?
Today 12/21 Sunrise 7:29 am Sunset 4:04 pm
YOU CAN SEE FROM THE CHART ABOVE we're only gaining a few seconds of daylight on Friday - the first full day of winter. The rate will increase and the length of day will increase noticeabley...but not for a couple of months.