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Santa will have a full moon backdrop for the first time since 1977

Full Moon Griffith Observatory
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Are you crazy for Christmas? Are you in the mood for a Christmas miracle? Are you a werewolf?

Regardless, you should know that there will be a full moon on Christmas this year for the first time since 1977. The next time it's expected to happen again is 2034. Sure, a full moon is just as likely to fall on Christmas as it is any other day of the year, but it is just one more reason to get excited for the holiday season.

According to, the moon will reach peak size at 6:11am EST on Christmas Day. In LA, we'll be able to see it reach max size around 3am on Dec 25—so if you're too anxious to sleep on Christmas Eve, you might be able to see Santa deliver his gifts by the light of the full moon! Yes, we still believe.

Great news, while you're waiting to be dazzled, we have plenty of ways to prepare—go see some Christmas lights, get all your presents, go ice skating—so you have no excuse not to be in holly jolly Christmas spirits by the time the full moon arrives.