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


A Midwinter NIght's Revels art

The 2019 Christmas Revels: A Midwinter Night's Revels, is our most charming, family friendly, and fun holiday show to date. Our fourth show at the Dairy Center features 16th century music and dance as well as Revels favorites: audience participation, Lord of the Dance, and the mummer's play.

In retirement in Stratford, a disillusioned William Shakespeare vows to burn his life's work. But Titania, Oberon, and Puck will not accept their demise lightly. With impish delight, Shakespeare's faeries summon the likes of beloved characters Cleopatra, Toby Belch, Hamlet, and a score of others, to change his mind. The result is a hilarious mashup of Shakespearian verse and prose, song, and story.

Join us as we laugh, sing, and dance, while some of Shakespeare's most enduring characters contrive to keep their place in literary history.

Performances December 20, 21, 22, 23, and 26.

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2019 Program to Download

Advertise with us! Submissions are due November 18, 2019. Connect with our Christmas Revels Audience of 1,500.  Our souvenir program lets you reach out to discerning Boulder-area music and theater lovers, at the height of the holiday season! Interested in advertising with us? Download ad application here. Email for information or to submit your ad.

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.

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

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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