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Dates:Friday, December 15, 2023 - Thursday, December 28, 2023
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$$ see below
Category:Theater & Shows

midwinter revels the feast of fools photoThis year’s production will be performed live at Sanders Theatre December 16 – 28 and will be followed by a virtual encore streaming option!

Our 53rd Midwinter Revels drops us into the colorful medieval Feast of Fools, where everything is topsy-turvy by design. The status quo quickly becomes the status disruptus as the body politic officially lets off steam.

Rulers are temporarily deposed by servants, wit triumphs over power, and a fool finds himself steering the ship of state. This musical feast will feature vibrant processionals, lively carols, delicate harmonies, vigorous dances, and a full ritual serving of the wild and the holy.

Come sing favorites old and new and dance your way with us into the lobby of Sanders Theatre and out into the brand new year! On this shortest day of the year, what could possibly go wrong?

A holiday tradition for nearly five decades, The 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.

The Christmas Revels performance lasts about 2.5 hours.

Find more December Events in Boston in our holiday event guide.

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Friday, December 15 – 7:30 PM*
Saturday, December 16 – 3:00 PM
Sunday, December 17 – 1:00 PM*
Sunday, December 17 – 5:30 PM*
Thursday, December 21 – 7:30 PM
Friday, December 22 – 3:00 PM
Friday, December 22 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 23 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 23 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday, December 26 – 3:00 PM
Tuesday, December 26 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, December 27 – 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 28 – 1:00 PM

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Premium Adult $105 Premium Student/Child $80 Top Adult $85 Top Student/Child $60 Middle Adult $65 Middle Student/Child $40 Partial View Adult $45 Partial View Student/Child $20



45 Quincy Street,, Cambridge, MA map
Phone: (617) 496-2222

Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre in Memorial Hall.
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA
FREE PARKING at the Broadway Garage


3-starInclusive Mish-mash Of Cultures
On December 12, 2009 the showing at 3 PM was amusing after several decades of not going. As a child memories were quite different and much more Northern European with the old familiars from the second half of the Christmas Revels. Still though there was that sense of community through the rough and tumble. The group has gotten larger though it seems the audience has become more select. I remember looking up as a child, but now as an adult I am looking down from the Balcony and bringing all sorts of other experience to the tried and true. I still found it quite amusing, though not what I expected. This is defintitely for those with hearts of children. Heart warming and down-to-earth I find my soul resounding in the new generation of faces in this place, that once was my playground, now the beat turns to an attentive diverse crowd as is the stage players.


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