Circle Round Festive Folktales
This holiday season, we’re celebrating festive folktales: Circle Round stories that honor generosity and kindness.
And in gratitude to you, we have some new gifts for the Circle Round fans in your life — so you can take us with you, wherever you go! In addition, in 2024 we're circling round the US on our first national tour! Tickets, dates and locations are all available below.
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See Circle Round Live!
Tickets to the first half of our 2024 events are on sale now! Buy tickets and preview our tour locations below to see if we're coming to a city near you.
- BUY TICKETS - DECEMBER 9, 2023 - BOSTON, MA (IN-PERSON SOLD OUT, VIRTUAL AVAILABLE)
FEBRUARY 24, 2024 @ 1:00 PM - SAN FRANCISCO(SOLD OUT)
- BUY TICKETS - FEBRUARY 24, 2024 @ 4:30 PM - SAN FRANCISCO, CA (SECOND SHOW ADDED!)
MAY 26, 2024 @ 1:00 PM - MINNEAPOLIS, MN(SOLD OUT)
- BUY TICKETS - JUNE 22, 2024 @ 1:00 PM - PORTLAND, OR
- BUY TICKETS - JUNE 23, 2024 @ 1:00 PM - SEATTLE, WA
- JUNE 29, 2024 - CHICAGO, IL @ 1:00 PM - TICKETS ON SALE IN JANUARY, 2024
Listen to festive stories!
The holidays are a perfect time to Circle Round — it’s joyful to be together, and learn from traditions near and far. Listening to heartwarming stories with friends and family is a special way to celebrate this season of giving.
We hope you’ll enjoy these Circle Round episodes we handpicked just for you!
What comes to mind when you think about giving? Maybe you think about doing nice things for others — like helping a neighbor shovel snow. Perhaps you think about sharing — like splitting your snack with a friend. Or it could be you think about giving something away — like donating toys to children in need. Well, giving is all of these things! To celebrate the season of giving, we bring you "Simple Gifts": a special episode revisiting some of your favorite Circle Round stories about generosity.
Do you remember the last time someone shared with you? Perhaps a friend shared a toy… or a sibling shared a book. Maybe a grown-up shared a funny joke. It felt good to be shared with, right? And seeing how happy you were probably made that person feel good, too. Well, in this story, we’ll meet some people who don’t know the first thing about sharing… until a young girl teaches them the lesson of a lifetime.
Origin: France, Portugal, Sweden, Russia, Jamaica...and more.
Have you ever cheered someone up? Maybe you made them laugh or you shared a kind word. Maybe you just offered a smile or a hug. In this story, we’ll meet a woman who’s all about cheering people up — by filling their hearts - and their bellies!
Origin: Classic Jewish folktale that dates back centuries.
Have you ever heard of “the golden rule”? It’s an idea that goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, actually. And basically, the golden rule says that you should treat other people the way you want to be treated. Like if you want to borrow a friend's toy, maybe you can let your friend borrow one of your toys sometime. In this story, we’ll meet a shoemaker who extends kindness to someone in need. And what she gets in return, she never saw coming!
Origin: India and South Asia
Ever heard of somebody “getting their just deserts”? You might think that “getting your just deserts” has something to do with cookies or ice cream or pie, but no! When you “get your just deserts” it means you get what you deserve for your actions. We’re about to meet two characters who get their just deserts, and lucky for one of them, those deserts are very sweet indeed!
Origin: China, Japan, Korea, Tibet
After you woke up this morning, what was the first thing you did? Did you hop out of bed and brush your teeth? Did you rush to the kitchen and gobble down some breakfast? Whatever it was, try to imagine doing it… one thousand times. Because for some of the characters we’ll meet in this story, that’s exactly what happens!
Origin: Estonia and Finland
Think about a time somebody helped you. Maybe a grown-up helped you tie your shoes, or a friend helped you learn a new game. We’re about to meet a hardworking farmer who helps a whole bunch of people. And in return? Well, let’s just say she’s in for more than a few surprises!
Origin: The Korean Peninsula
When’s the last time… you helped someone? Perhaps you set the table... or watered the plants. Maybe you introduced yourself to someone new at school. Or you just gave somebody a big hug, when he or she needed it most. The people we’ll meet in this story are all about helping other people… but when a mysterious stranger offers them some help, you won’t believe what happens!
Origin: Many countries
Think about a time someone did something nice for you, something kind. In this story, a young woman is all about practicing gestures of kindness. And though they seem small at first, they lead to some very big results!