Welcome Yule! A Midwinter Celebration – Music, Dance, Songs and Stories to Drive the Dark Away

“Welcome Yule! – A Midwinter Celebration” returns for a third year to the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse.

The Welcome Yule Chorus, Children’s Troupe and Folk Orchestra, under the direction of

Welcome Yule Children – 2015

Rose Sheehan, will present this lively, seasonal pageant on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM in the sanctuary of Gloucester’s historic Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse. The program is expected to run two hours including a fifteen minute intermission.

Yule is the name for the old, pre-Christian Winter Solstice festivals celebrated throughout northern Europe. ‘Welcome Yule!’ highlights symbols and festivities associated with those older festivals – wassailing, holly and ivy, yule logs, candles – and includes Christmas lore that blends the old customs with the newer festival.

Welcome Yule Mummers – 2015


This family friendly show is filled with music, dance, songs and stories for the longest night. It features a mix of traditional pieces, as well as contemporary works. A mummers’ play, ‘Saint George and the Dragon’ is a comic reworking of an English ritual drama in which a character dies and is brought back to life.

There will be a Yule Log Procession in which the audience is invited to touch the log with a holly leaf and make a wish for the new year.
A number of songs invite the audience to sing-a-long, making for a fun participatory event.

Welcome Yule is produced by Folk Life Studio in cooperation with the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.

Tickets are available at the door.
Ticket prices are
$15 for adults;
$10 for seniors (65+) and children five through sixteen;
$35 family cap;
age four and under free.