Hunt the Wren

Hunt the Wren is one of the most interesting Manx traditions still practised on the Isle of Man today.

On St. Stephen's Day (the 26th of December) communities come together across the Isle of Man to dance and sing around the streets. The practice, dating back to pre-Christian times, is centred on a wren, "the king of all birds," which is hunted and then danced through the streets on a special pole.
(In case it needs stating, the bird in the wren pole today is just a replica!)

The times and locations of Hunt the Wren for 2017 can be found here.


  • Hunt the Wren

  • Hunt the Wren (song) performed by The Mollag band

  • The Wren Pole

  • Birlinn Jiarg perform 'Hunt the Wren' & 'Three Little Boats'

  • Hunt the Wren dance performed by Bree

  • "The Wren, King of all Birds"

  • Tehi Tegi: A Manx folktale

  • Shelg yn Drean (2016)

  • Yn Thammag son Shelg yn Drean