Montclair Make Music Day will present musical performances and interactive events to celebrate the winter solstice and the longest night of the year on Friday, Dec. 21 starting at 2 p.m. Included will be a family parade, interactive events at SoWisdom and performances from the Opera Theater of Montclair, School of Rock Montclair and Montclair High School’s acapella performers, The Passing Notes.

Events include:

Family Parade
2:00 pm
Java Love, 49 Church Street

Families are welcome to come to Java Love to line up for the parade and participate in a “bell by bell” holiday music performance led by Barbara Rudy of the Montclair Community Band. Parade will travel to SoWisdom at 40 South Fullerton.

Solstice Story and Activities
3:00 pm
So Wisdom, 40 South Fullerton

Everyone is invited to listen to a story about the winter solstice and participate in free, hands-on family craft. Free.

Make Music Winter Performances
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton

Enjoy free performances from the Opera Theater of Montclair singing the finale of Hansel and Gretel along with other opera excerpts, rock from the School of Rock Montclair and songs by Montclair High School’s The Passing Notes. Food and warm beverages will be available for sale. Free.

Slow Roll Bike Ride with Holiday Caroling
6:30 pm
Bloomfield Avenue and Church Street

Ride with BikeWalk Montclair for the winter solstice. Free blinky lights and hand warmers as supplies last. Sign up at

Medieval Holiday Music Concert
7 pm
The Creativity Caravan, 28 South Fullerton Avenue

Early Music’s Nightingale Recorder Consort will be performing medieval holiday music.

SoWisdom’s Winter Solstice ArtBar
7 pm
SoWisdom, 40 South Fullerton

Enter the silence and listen to the sounds, draw in the light and dance in the dark. Art Supplies and light refreshments provided. $25/person.

Bern and the Brights and the Porchistas
8 pm
Tierney’s Tavern, 138 Valley Road

Come to the anniversary show of Montclair’s indie rock siblings, Bern & the Brights and The Porchistas. $10.