The Christmas Revels 2020: A Virtual Celebration

Opening Night: Sunday, December 20, 2020


For the first time in 50 years, the annual Christmas Revels will not be celebrated live in Harvard’s historic Sanders Theatre. The shortest day will come, and the year will die. As any one of the thousands of Revels attendees knows, that is never the end of the story …

For this extraordinary year we are creating a unique, virtual Revels - a cornucopia of music, dance, song, and ritual from our richly recorded archives, spanning half a century and a good half of the globe.

This December, a smaller band of performers will walk into an empty theater to fulfill the promise of …. “people singing, to keep the year alive,” as stipulated by Susan Cooper’s poem.

They will be joined by two stalwart audience members who have been present since the first Christmas Revels in 1971: the marble statues of James Otis and Josiah Quincy. James and Josiah remember every song, every dance, and every “Welcome Yule!” and are quite excited to share their vivid memories with us.

David Coffin video invitationTo help us bring this event to life, we are inviting you to join us as we unlock a treasure trove of highlights for the Revels community who will be tuning in.

You can participate in the production as part of our virtual audience, singing lustily from your seats, or as part of our selected adult chorus. Or you can choose to simply experience the joy and sing along this December.

Whether you are singing “in the house” as part of the virtual audience, “on stage” as part of the virtual adult chorus, or watching from home, more detailed information about dates and tickets will be coming your way soon.

We hope that you will join us, however you choose, for this rare event!



Learn How to Join the Virtual Audience and Adult Chorus