Santa will be able to give Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer the night off this Christmas since the night sky will be glowing with a rare full moon. Here's how rare it really is for a Christmas night.


Come Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning, the sky will be bright and it should be easy to catch a glimmer of 'flying objects' thanks to a rare full moon that will shine brightly Christmas morning.

According to, "December's full moon is called the "Cold Moon" because this is the month winter begins across the northern hemisphere. The Christmas moon will peak at 6:11 a.m. ET | 5:11 a.m. CT".

Mark Wilson, Getty Images
Mark Wilson, Getty Images

How rare is a full moon on Christmas? It hasn't happened since 1977 and the next one won't occur again until 2034.

With mild temps from the Rockies to the East coast, chance of a 'White Christmas' are slim to none in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. However, the rare full moon should make the evening even more memorable.

Be sure to take a moment and gaze at the second brightest object in the sky on a 'Silent Night'.


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