The Spiral of Light is an important part of the Waldorf calendar. It symbolizes finding light in the darkness. Each child takes a turn walking to the center of the spiral, they light their own candle, then place it along the spiral on their way out. When all the children have walked the path, the whole spiral is illuminated with lights!
The festival is in itself non-denominational and is practiced in Waldorf schools worldwide. As each child slowly walks into a spiral of evergreens with an unlit candle, lights it, and places it amongst the greens on their way out, the darkened room gradually becomes brighter. It is symbolic of how we each carry our own inner light during this dark time of the year, and when we share it with one another, it brightens the world around us.