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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 10:54 am, Fri Nov 29, 2013.

Although Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, it is also one of the brightest. Hundreds of farolitos light a giant labyrinth, and bonfires warmly beckon visitors from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, during this evening of community and celebration. “This is a fun and really special way to celebrate the season and all the activities at the museum,” said architect Courtenay Mathey, who has been directing the labyrinth event for more than 15 years.

“People love walking through a labyrinth lighted with 365 farolitos,” Mathey said. “They can gain a deeper appreciation if they come at noon during the day to see how it gets created with just five wooden stakes and a piece of rope — it’s an amazing, self-describing geometry.

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