How many hours of daylight we had today? Only 3 hrs and 41 mins. The shortest day of the year in Fairbanks, cold and dark. The sunrises at 10:59 am and sunset at 2:40 pm. Winter solstice makes me happy because I know that starting tomorrow we will gain daylight again. Darkness will slowly go away but the cold weather continues for at least 3 more months. Anyway,it sure is pretty here in Fairbanks Alaska even in the cold dark winter.