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December 2024 Full Moon, the Full Cold Moon 2024

Mark your calendars for the December 2024 Full Moon. The December full moon in 2024 will be on Sunday December 15, 2024 4:02 AM EST or 9:02 AM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It will be the twelfth and last full moon on the calendar for 2024.

A full moon occurs when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, so the moon looks completely illuminated. It happens about once a month or 29.53 days on average, also called a  synodic month.

Ready to dive a little deeper into the December 2024 Full Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts.

Photo of the moon for the date of the the Full Cold Moon 2024, the December 2024 Full Moon

The dates and times provided by NASA in the United States Eastern Time are for Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. Since you may be in a different time zone, the exact dates may shift for your calendar.

What is the name of the December 2024 Full Moon?

One name for the December 2024 Full Moon is the Full Cold Moon. It’s a name that doesn’t come as a surprise and one you may have guessed. The Full Cold Moon is a fitting name for a moon given how the temperatures get colder with the official start of Winter.

Another nickname for the December Full Moon is the Long Nights Moon, another equally fitting given December has the shortest day of the year.

A final nickname for the full moon is the Oak Moon.

Learn more about the Full Moons in 2024

Which season includes the December Full Moon?

In 2024, the December Full Moon will be the last full moon of the Autumn 2024 season. It will be the last full moon before the 2024 Winter Solstice.

The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of astronomical winter and the end of astronomical autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

In 2024, the Winter Solstice will be on Saturday December 21, 2024 4:20 AM EST or 9:20 AM UTC.

Depending on the year, the Full Cold Moon can occur either at the end of Autumn or just after the start of Winter, depending on the timing of the Winter Solstice. In 2024, the Full Cold Moon is part of the Autumn season.

When is the new moon for the 2024 Full Cold Moon?

The lunar cycle for the December Full Moon will begin with its new moon in December 2024. The New Cold Moon will be on Sunday December 1, 2024 1:21 AM EST or 6:21 AM UTC, and will be in the new moon in Sagittarius.

In 2024, the new-full moon cycle for the Cold moon will be in the same month and same season. Depending on how the moons align to the calendar each year, the new and full moon may be in different months and different seasons.

Also to note, there will be a second new moon in December, the start of the 2025 Full Wolf Moon cycle.

Future December Full Moons

Wondering when in the future the full moons will occur in December beyond the next December full moon? Here’s a list through 2029.

YearDay of the weekFuture December Full Moons
2023TuesdayDecember 26, 2023 7:33 PM EST
2024SundayDecember 15, 2024 4:02 AM EST
2025ThursdayDecember 4, 2025 6:14 PM EST
2026WednesdayDecember 23, 2026 8:28 PM EST
2027MondayDecember 13, 2027 11:09 AM EST
2028FridayDecember 1, 2028 8:40 PM EST
2028SundayDecember 31, 2028 11:48 AM EST (blue moon)
2029ThursdayDecember 20, 2029 5:46 PM EST

Past December Full Moons

And what about the past? Here is when the full moon occurred in the past for December.

In 2015, the December full moon occurred on Christmas!

YearDay of the weekPast December Full Moons
2022WednesdayDecember 7, 2022 11:08 PM EST
2021SaturdayDecember 18, 2021 11:36 PM EST
2020TuesdayDecember 29, 2020 10:28 PM EST
2019ThursdayDecember 12, 2019 12:12 AM EST
2018SaturdayDecember 22, 2018 12:49 PM EST
2017SundayDecember 3, 2017 10:47 AM EST
2016TuesdayDecember 13, 2016 7:05 PM EST
2015FridayDecember 25, 2015 6:11 AM EST

Future Full Moon Calendars

And if you’re looking for when the full moon occurs for the rest of the year, check out these future full moon calendars.

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Photo of the moon for the December 2024 Full Moon, the Full Cold Moon