The Christmas Revels

Celtic Crossroads

The Christmas Revels

This year’s production will be performed live at GW Lisner Auditorium December 10-11 and 16-18 and will be followed by a virtual encore streaming option beginning on December 23 through January 6!
This holiday, Washington Revels brings the 40th annual Christmas Revels back to Lisner Auditorium for a homespun celebration of the holidays with music, dance and stories that echo from Celtic homelands to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Friends and neighbors living in a 19th-century “hollow” gather to prepare for “Old Christmas,” and the coming of the New Year. As the holidays draw close, they share music, the warm family rituals that reflect their ancestral roots, and stories of the journeys that led them to their Appalachian home. Scottish, Irish, German, Appalachian, and African American musical influences create a rich, uniquely American mash-up of toe-tapping reels, lush ballads and soaring spirituals, all culminating in a joyous Cèilidh and “breakin’ up Christmas.” 

Join Washington Revels to celebrate the season with rousing carol sing-alongs—including a rollicking “Twelve Days of Christmas,” a new “old” Mummers play featuring characters from many traditions, and dancing in the aisles with our multigenerational cast of 80. Enjoy songs of the Old World and new by local favorites the Whiskey Before Breakfast Band; the Highland pipes, great and small; and the majestic sounds of the Washington Revels Brass. 


Saturday, December 10, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 11, 2:00pm
Friday, December 16, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 17, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 18, 2:00pm


12/10 @ 7:30pm – “Date Night”
12/16 @ 7:30pm – “Family Friday” (25% off Youth tickets)
12/17 @ 7:30pm – “Christmas Party Night”


Matinee pricing [+$5] is shown in red below
Youth = 18 and under

Orchestra A-N (Center):  Adult $60 / $65Youth $40 / $45
Orchestra A-N (Sides):  Adult $50 / $55Youth $32 / $37
Terrace* AA-JJ:  Adult $45 / $50  |  Youth $27 / $32
Terrace* KK-RR:  Adult $30 / $35  |  Youth $20 / $25
Terrace* SS-UU:  Adult $18 / $23  |  Youth $12 / $17
Wheelchair Spaces (Row N): see Row N pricing above
* Terrace seats require climbing stairs

Please note: All tickets will be delivered via email.


Please note that On-Demand Tickets will be available for purchase starting on December 1.

Enjoy a video of this year’s Christmas Revels celebration from the comfort of home!

Watch On-Demand from December 21–January 6
On-Demand Ticket: $40 per device

Please note that there is a $3.50 service charge per order.


GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

10% off for groups of 10-19; 20% off for groups of 20 or more*
Service charges: $2.50 per ticket plus $3.50 per order
* Available only through the Washington Revels office: call 301-587-3835

25% off Youth tickets on December 16 at 7:30pm
Save money and bring the whole family on Friday night!!
Please Note: Discounted Youth tickets do not count toward 10-ticket and 20-ticket thresholds for purposes of group discounts.

All performances wheelchair accessible.

Sponsorships, Social Media Posts, and Program Ad Opportunities

Reach Washington DC’s most loyal holiday audience!

Put your business in front of thousands for Washington Revels’ 40th Christmas Revels taking place at GW Lisner Auditorium—7 performances, December 10-11 and 16-18. And, in the run up to the winter holiday season, show your support of both the Arts, and celebrate our shared community finally getting together again.  You can mix and match multiple opportunities to ensure your business gets in front of the customers you want. $1,000+ Sponsors receive both pre-show perks (social media ad packages, ticket ads) and a show program ad. Social Media advertising (and print-on-demand ticket ads) put you in front of thousands of dedicated holiday fans. And Show Program Ads keep your business top of mind and closely associated with holiday spirit.

Washington Revels is offering a multitude of marketing opportunities to suit every size business:

  • Five different sponsorship levels from $500 to $10,000
  • Six different Show Program ads (ad rates include both online and print)
  • Four social media ad packages from $199 to $1,199

Certain shows are themed for even more targeted audience exposure. Themed performances are excellent opportunities to offer couples, families, or large parties special offers they can use either before or after the show. All performances are currently available for Main Sponsor status.

Learn more about Sponsorship, Social Media Posts, Program Ad opportunities:

If you would like to be the sponsor of our Outreach Performance, the main sponsor of a specific performance, or the sole sponsor of the entire Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads 2022 run, send an email to to discuss options and benefits.

Special Dining Offers

Washington Revels knows that a meal shared with family and friends before or after The Christmas Revels is an important holiday tradition for many of you! Offers from local restaurants are included here:

TONIC @ Quigley's Pharmacy - $5.00 off offer with Christmas Revels ticket.

Special Thanks to our 2022 Advertisers

Sketch Comedy Classes at Bad Medicine

from Social Media channels

“We’ve been going to Revels since the late 1980’s, It begins my Christmas Season.” – RM (Oct 2022)

“Every year has been great with Revels but 2019 was especially glorious, and the unifying theme is much needed in today’s world. The talent was top notch from top to bottom and throughout the show. It was so heartwarming to be joined together with this large group of people in celebration.” – LF (January 2020)

“This community is full of music, joy, and comfort! It’s my favorite found family.” – RP (April 2022)

“If you have never been to a Revels, you should come. Enrich your heart and your spirit! These performances, this organization has changed my life, and I can’t imagine being without them at the holidays and beyond. There is a place for *you* – as an audience member, a volunteer, or a performer. Come and see for yourself!” – KT (December 2019)

“I recommend Revels because it is a great community, and it is like you are a big family with your cast members. And that is why I recommend Revels.” AH (December 2019)

“Great show! Always wonderful singing, costuming, and community event.” – LW (December 2019)

“So much fun! Great Show!!” – KC (December 2019)

“The Revels give me hope for humanity because we’re all in this together. Attending the Christmas Revels every year for decades now, this enormous public ritual of our fellow travelers on this road of life brings out the goodness and the powerful myths that mark us as humans and remind us that no matter where we’re from, or what our politics are, under those superficial differences we’re all the same.” – NM (October 2022)

“This community is full of music, joy, and comfort! It’s my favorite found family.” – RP (April 2022)

“Great show, wonderful singing and a cheerful start to the Christmas Season!!” – LK2 (December 2021)

“Breathtaking. Thank you” CH (December 2021)

“Personally, I look forward to the Revels every year and consider that the Yuletide season has not been properly celebrated until I go and take part in them. I have brought as many as 10 people with me and have never gone alone. I will say that the few productions that have been less celebratory are not my favorites, and I’m excited to bring my friends to this year’s Celtic Appalachian production. Celebration is what we need! Especially in this time of tumultuous division we all need reminding that politics is temporary, but the Winter Solstice is forever. I will never forget the enormous flaming cauldron and the huge ghostly puppet that walked down the aisle one Revels year. I was transported beyond the ordinary to a truly magical place.” – NM (October 2022)

“We always enjoy these wonderful shows!” – JV (November 2018)

“There is no better way to enter the spirit of the December holiday period.” – DK (October 2018)

“At their 10th Anniversary webcast, I heard a couple of songs that the deacons used to sing a Capella before the church service started. And a couple of other songs that I haven’t heard since attending “mass meetings” (conducted by The S.S.L.C) and marching for voting rights in Washington county Ga. I also enjoyed hearing Gullah spoken. I am certain; if not for the Jubilee Singers there are people that would never hear this music. Thank you for keeping it alive. That which is remembered never dies.” – KRW (August 2020)

“Wow, friends. There are indeed Angel’s hovering ‘round. I hear them when you sing.” – MC (December 2021)

“You will be glad you did…” – NSS (August 2021)

“The best memories of my whole life!!!” – TJ (March 2021)

“I’ve volunteered for Revels off and on for 22 years. Every Revels performance reminds me that the actors and the audience are – for a magical few hours – truly PARTNERS in sharing joy and good will.” – LW (December 2018)

“Fabulous” – SKH (January 2021)

“Such a beautiful community. I am grateful to have been a part of it.” – CD (June 2020)

from Press Reviews Over the Years

The Washington Post

A better evening’s entertainment, with more variety and spirit, would be hard to find…

…a celebration to make even the most incorrigible Grinch grin.

…one of those rare events that delight people of all ages.

…a perfect vehicle for ushering in a magical time of year.

…a seasonal gift to the community in song, dance, magic, foolery and tradition
…revives elements of the holiday season that don’t go on sale…

The New York Times

…reflects feelings as old as humanity itself…

The San Francisco Chronicle

…creates a communal bridge from darkness to light…

Our flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a festive, fully staged celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day,” radiating hope and joy in the renewal of life and the circle of the seasons. Seen by over 10,000 people every December, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples, focusing each year on a different culture or related cultures.

Select a link below to learn more about that production.

 2011 Andalusian Production


 Photos from the Thomas Hardy Revels


 Photo from African-American Revels


  • 2000: Celtic
  • 1999: Celestial Fools
  • 1998: Shepherd Alley – Washington, D.C.
  • 1997: Medieval – King and the Fool
  • 1996: Northlands
  • 1995: French
  • 1994: Victorian
  • 1993: Celtic
  • 1992: Celestial Fools
  • 1991: Russian and American
 Photo from an early Washington Revels production


  • 1990: Medieval
  • 1989: Storybook
  • 1988: Medieval
  • 1987: Celtic
  • 1986: French
  • 1985: Appalachian-American (featuring Jean Ritchie)
  • 1984: “Haddon Hall”
  • 1983: Medieval