Come celebrate the season through song, dance, story, and ritual

Celebrating Scandinavian Folklore and Song

Our 2018 show, Nordic Lights, features haunting melodies from Scandinavian lands and folk tales of trolls, an enchanted fox, and brave children. ‘Tis the Solstice and the Christmas season when the troll Grylla and her Yule lads trick the villagers to steal bad children, and only a brave girl accompanied by a magical fox can save them. Join our villagers as they endure the long cold of the Shortest Day, encountering fear and darkness. Together they will rely on courage, community, and music as clear and crisp as new-fallen snow to see the through the night.

“Nordic Lights” is proud to welcome Guest Artist Sandra Wong to the show, playing nyckelharpa and hardanger fiddle. The nyckelharpa is a traditional Swedish instrument while the hardanger fiddle was originally used to play music of Norway. Ms. Wong has toured nationally and internationally and is noted for performing music from many cultures. She has a special love for Scandinavian music from living and studying in Sweden.

Sing along with our cast on familiar favorites such as Dona Nobis Pacem, Lord of the Dance, and the Sussex Mummers Carol, while learning new ones from the Scandinavian traditions. Share some laughs as we learn that even as old stories alter their details through re-telling, their truth remains the same. With the villagers, we too will rejoice in the coming of the light and know that no matter how dark or daunting life may be, the light will always return.

This will be our third holiday season at the Dairy Arts Center’s Gordon Gamm Theater - a great performance venue in Boulder, Colorado.

In response to our last two years of Sold Out performances, this year we will have five performances over four days.

Revels performances will be on December 21, 22, 23 and 26.

Friday, December 21 at 7 pm
Saturday, December 22 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 23 at 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 26 at 2:00 pm

Arrive 45 minutes early to hear a pre-show talk giving context and background of the show script and music.

Tickets are available from the Dairy Box Office NOW.

Welcome all ages and welcome Yule!

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What is Revels?

In Cambridge Mass in 1971, John Langstaff founded Revels, Inc., to link the music, dances, and seasonal rituals from an older world to a modern world that needs them.

Revels celebrates the seasons and cycles of human life through the arts, the songs and dances, and the stories from traditional cultures. Audiences recognize the events, desires, and dilemmas from another place and time as their own. The Christmas Revels welcomes the return of the light.


Who is Rocky Mountain Revels?

Founded in 2000, Rocky Mountain Revels is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting public education, understanding, and appreciation of traditional music, dance, drama, and ritual through participatory theater and communal celebration.

Be Our Hero!

The Christmas Revels The annual Christmas Revels show provides joy and celebration to our large community cast and all who fill the seats in the Gordon Gamm Theater at the Dairy Center. We welcome your financial support — any amount makes an enormous difference — and we look forward to seeing you in December. Thanks!

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The Word on the Street

Revels has been a very fun tradition in our family starting with 'Feast of Fools' (in the 1990s). We've been seeing Revels routinely since, including introducing our daughter. Keep on doing what you're doing.

Love the history of traditions, group songs, fun play, and gorgeous costumes.

The fresh theme each year! The CHILDREN! The JOY! Just keep doing this each year.

I love the Revels; it always marks this part of the year with joy and celebration.

I like how it's different every year but has common elements that come back.

I love how you have the audience participate and become part of the show!

Every year is fun! Part of our yearly Christmas tradition.

Loved it! High quality performance - meaningful. I am finally in the Christmas spirit!

All Testimonials

The Shortest Day

by Susan Cooper

And so the shortest day came and the year died.
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow white world
Came people dancing, singing, to drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees.
They hung their homes with evergreen.
They burned beseeching fires, all night long, to keep the year alive.

And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake they shouted, Reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us. Listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight this shortest day.
As promise wakens in the sleeping land.
They carol, feast, give thanks, and dearly love their friends.
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!

Our Productions

THE CHRISTMAS REVELS PRESENT VARIETY
Our productions range from medieval and renaissance themes to Celtic and Scottish to visits to the American experience such as Appalachian and Pioneer. We have wonderful guest artists each year.
Come join us!

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A Word about Revels, Our National Organization

In Cambridge Mass in 1971, John Langstaff founded Revels, Inc., to link the music, dances, and seasonal rituals from an older world to a modern world that needs them.


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Help Us Create this Magic Every Year

We need your help! Ticket sales only pay for half of our production costs, and times are tight for everyone in the arts. Would you like to make a donation to help us celebrate The Shortest Day with a brand-new Christmas Revels Show each year?

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