The Christmas Revels:
A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice

December 14-29, 2018

18 Performances - Matinees & Evenings

Harvard University's Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Tickets On Sale In the Fall 

A holiday tradition for nearly five decadesThe Christmas Revels is a joyful theatrical celebration of the winter solstice that travels the world each year showcasing cultural traditions including music, dance, folktales and rituals. This year we explore the magic of the Northlands! 


The 48th annual Christmas Revels will celebrate the traditions and musical culture of the Nordic countries – Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. These northlands have some of the strongest traditions of solstice celebration and ritual . “Haunting” is an overworked adjective in the critic’s thesaurus but the music from this region defines the word. Taking the Finnish epic the Kalevala as a framework we will tell the story of the creation of the world and the stealing of the sun and moon in song, music, dance and puppetry.

With Icelandic carols and Finnish wassails, with cattle calls and keening , with melisma and mummers plays ,with banter and belly laughs we aim to have you both intrigued and entertained!