The Boar's Head & Yule Log FestivalShare
Behind the Scenes
This celebration of the victory of good over evil is perhaps the oldest continuing festival of the Christmas season. It began as a holiday tradition in the grand manor houses of England, and was brought to America during colonial days. There's never a dull moment in this fast moving presentation, which is loaded with surprise entrances and exits by the performers.
The pageant is based on an old legend, that of an Oxford student who kills a wild boar when it interrupts his studies. When the church adopted the Festival, it gained a new, Christian significance: the wild boar, symbolic of evil, is overcome by good through the teachings of Christ. Marching companies, in beautiful authentic costumes of Renaissance England, sing the ancient songs of Christendom, as they carry in the gaily-bedecked head of the wild boar, which is conquered by the innocent goodness of the Christ Child. The triumph of light over darkness is made graphic in the Christ Candle through its light and through the carvings on the wooden candle-holder in our production.
The second part of the program features the original Christmas story, as shepherds and Wise Men travel to Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ Child. The traditional tableau--Mary, Joseph and the baby--is revealed as the climax, with the baby recently born to a member of our congregation playing the part of the infant Jesus. The iconic moment of the Holy Family stirs the heart in.
UCC members and an audience from far and wide have thrilled to the BHYLF story for the past 42 years. We have marveled at the detailed period costumes, the diverse cast that inspires awe and humor without speech, and the glorious mix of handbells, organ and orchestra that accompany the story of Jesus’ birth.
The next festival is January 6-7, 2018. Reserved tickets go on sale Monday, November 27, 2017 for $15 each. Plenty of free seating is also available.
The festival is celebrated in University Christian Church's Sanctuary, located at 2720 South University Drive in Fort Worth. Performances are held during the first weekend in January, at 3 and 5 p.m. each day. This annual celebration draws patrons from near and far! Every seat is filled, so it is suggested that patrons arrive at least one hour in advance. The festival is free and open to the public.