Revels, Inc. was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971 to link the music, dances, and seasonal rituals from an older world to a modern world that needs them. It has
Revels, Inc. was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971 to link the music, dances, and seasonal rituals from an older world to a modern world that needs them. It has production companies in 10 U.S. cities — including the Rocky Mountain Revels in Boulder, Colorado starting in 2001.
Rocky Mountain Revels holds The Christmas Revels, the premier musical celebration, with a different theme every year. Our setting this time is 18th century Scotland, and Christmas was not celebrated in that place and time.
Prior to the 16th century, Yule was celebrated in Scotland according to Catholic traditions, but then Presbyterian doctrines were adopted that abolished holy festival days. In 1640, the Scottish Parliament specifically outlawed the observation of Yule. Although these laws gradually relaxed, Christmas Day was only quietly celebrated until modern times, and did not become a public holiday in Scotland until 1958.
Like everyone else, the Scots needed a mid-winter festival, so they celebrated Hogmanay which is the Scots word for the last day of the year. In this year’s Revels, we’ll follow a Hogmanay celebration through the last night of the year in our laird’s manor house. There’ll be the familiar Christmas Revels sing-along carols and rounds, and the rousing The Lord of the Dance highlight, along with bagpipers, Scottish dancers, a brass quintet, drummers, stories and customs unique to Hogmanay.
Event Dates: Dec. 16-17 at 7 p.m., Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m.
16 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 18 (Sunday) 1:30 pm