November 2015 | EVENTS
Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive
December 11-13 & 18-20
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1pm & 5pm
How long has this event been in Oakland? Oakland Christmas Revels is celebrating its 30th anniversary of performances this year!
This holiday season Oakland’s cherished Christmas Revels presents A Venetian Masque: Celebrating the Winter Solstice in Renaissance Italy. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of performances by the enduring, much-loved Christmas Revels in Oakland. This year’s show brings together high and low art with vibrant costuming, glittering masks and even a gondola race as audience and performers join together in an uproarious Revels celebration of the Solstice.
Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Revels is a family-friendly production designed to please all age groups. Celebrate the long-ago winter traditions that bring the audience together in humanity and community by welcoming the Yuletide. Revels creates community through celebration.
Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Christmas Revels brings the magic of the Yuletide to the community through audience participation that allows our patrons to have as much fun as the performers.
Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland Christmas Revels performs at the beautiful Scottish Rite Theater on Lake Merritt. With lovely lights ringing the lake and holiday spirit abounding, it is a gorgeous setting in which to create community through celebration.
Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes! Christmas Revels has media partnerships with East Bay Express and Diablo Magazine (not based in Oakland but serving Oakland) and a relationship with KTVU which will be airing Christmas Revels ads in November and December. We also partner with restaurants Spice Monkey and Longitude. Another great partner is Oakland School of the Arts.
Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The culture of Oakland reflects many of the Revels core values: Community, Family, Cultural Tradition, Old Wisdom, Connection to the Land, and Bounty.
Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
Christmas Revels is the best kept secret in Oakland! We celebrate our 30th anniversary of performances as “The Pearl of Lake Merritt”.