The Christmas Revels: Everything you’ll need to know

Celebrate the season with a true Cambridge tradition this year!

For those of you who love the Revels RiverSing, you definitely won’t want to miss out on the theatrical celebration - The Christmas Revels. The Revels are one of Cambridge’s most beloved holiday traditions, perfect for the whole family.  Dazzle your senses as you travel into another time filled with magical performances, which includes rhythmic beats, intricate costumes, and ornate set designs.


Gather your family members and loved ones for this one-of-a-kind holiday tradition that has been passed down for over five decades.

Founded in 1971, the Revels combine theatrical and musical experiences through dance and storytelling. Stemming from a history of cultural celebrations, the Revels build ties between various people and cultures through music and dance. Highlighting the past and informing the future, the Revels use songs and stories that are passed down from generation to generation.


Each year, The Christmas Revels features a different theme.  This year, experience the magic of the Northlands. The 48th annual performance will celebrate the traditions and culture of the Nordic nations- Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.  Expect to see a breathtaking 2.5-hour performance with a brief, 15-minute intermission.


The Christmas Revels will be taking place at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. If you plan on driving, enjoy free parking at the Broadway Garage located at 7 Felton Street. Please note, the garage will open one hour before the show and will close one hour after the show ends.

Sanders Theatre is located at 45 Quincy Street between Oxford and Kirkland Street. It’s also accessible by bus and the T near Harvard Square. If you’re heading over from Harvard Square, head northeast on Brattle Street/Massachusetts Ave.


There are plenty of chances to see the Christmas Revels this holiday season.  Performances run from December 14-29, with both matinee and evening options.


Ready to buy your tickets? Purchase tickets to The Christmas Revels online here. You can also buy tickets at the Harvard Box Office from noon to 6p, Tuesday through Sunday or purchase tickets by phone at 617.496.2222.


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