Full Cold Moon 2023
December’s Full Cold Moon rises on Tuesday, December 26, 2023. This will be the last full moon of the year 2023. This means it will appear high and full on Christmas Day.
When is the December full moon?
This will be the first full moon since the winter solstice, and will fall right around Christmas time this year! December’s Cold Moon reaches its peak on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 7:33 PM. EST
Full Moon December 2023: Tuesday, December 26
Peak Light: 7:33 p.m. Eastern time
Why is it called the cold moon?
The moon names we use in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from Native Americans, Colonial Americans, or other traditional sources that have been passed down from generation to generation. Various Native American peoples traditionally used the monthly moon and associated signs of nature as a calendar to track the seasons.
Alternative December Moon Names
Other names referring to cold and snow include Drift Clearing Moon (Cree), Hoar Frost Moon (Cree), Frost Exploding Trees Moon (Cree), Moon of the Popping Trees (Ogallala), Snow Moon (Haida, Cherokee) and Winter Maker Moon (Western Abenaki).