Christmas Revels

The Christmas Revels’ 45th annual celebration of the solstice takes over a new stage this year in Lebanon. For several decades, the event was staged at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College.

LEBANON — After more than 40 years on the Dartmouth College campus, The Christmas Revels is moving to the Lebanon Opera House.

This celebration of the winter solstice by Revels North has been an Upper Valley holiday tradition since 1975.

This year’s production is set in a small town in Northern England at the height of the Industrial Revolution, where it’s business as usual at the textile mill on Christmas Day. Despite the factory owner’s controlling presence, the hopeful and resilient community of workers is able to celebrate the season, thanks to a little help from the hands of Fate.

Expect audience sing-alongs, a mummer’s play, the mysterious Abbots Bromley Horn Dance and Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day.”

Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the opera house, 51 N. Park St. Tickets range from $8 to $47.

Recent Revels productions have featured traditions of Scandinavia, Québec, Scotland, Appalachia, Venice, and Ireland.

For more information, call 448-0400 or visit