Cold Moon (December) History, Origin, Name, Dates and Calendar

Cold Moon Name Origin

What is a Cold Moon? The full moon that appears in December is called the Cold Moon. During December, the winter has come and the cold fastens its grip, giving the Cold Moon its name. 


Long Night Moon

The Cold Moon of December was sometimes also referred to as the Long Night Moon by some Native American tribes. During December, the winter nights are at their longest and darkest, giving the Cold Moon its other common name. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

Cold Moon Name Variation

The full moon name for December often used by Christian settlers is the Moon before Yule. Another name for December’s full moon is the Oak Moon.

When is the next Cold Moon?

The Cold Moon dates are expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UT), the international basis for other time zones. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full moon dates shift from year to year. For Cold Moon times in your city, please use the Time Zone Converter. You may also simply subtract five (5) hours to get to U.S. Eastern Time.

Full Moon Year Date Time Day
Cold Moon 2011 Dec 10 14:36 Sat
Cold Moon 2012 Dec 28 10:21 Fri
Cold Moon 2013 Dec 17 09:28 Tue
Cold Moon 2014 Dec 6 12:27 Sat
Cold Moon 2015 Dec 25 11:11 Fri
Cold Moon 2016 Dec 24 00:06 Sat
Cold Moon 2017 Dec 3 15:47 Sun
Cold Moon 2018 Dec 22 17:49 Sat
Cold Moon 2019 Dec 12 05:12 Thu
Cold Moon 2020 Dec 30 03:28 Fri

Popular Full Moon Names

The naming of the Cold Moon has a pretty interesting history. Do you want to learn about other Full Moon names? If so, check out the following full moon names: Wolf Moon, Snow Moon, Worm Moon, Pink Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon, Buck Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Harvest Moon, Hunters Moon, Beaver Moon, Cold Moon, and, of course, the Blue Moon!

Full Moon Names History

Cold Moon (December)


Full Moon names have been used by many cultures to describe the full moon throughout the year. Specifically, Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon, including the Flower Moon. The unique full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.

Although many Native American tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known full moon names come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the full moons.


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