The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival (BHYLF)
This is one of the oldest and most stunning festivals of Christmas. Travel back in time to the 14th century and relive the magnificent story of Christ’s birth like you’ve never seen before. You will feel the floor shake and your excitement rise as the Beefeaters make their way into the Sanctuary. The enchantment of the Renaissance comes to life through stunning costumes and masterfully composed music performed by the members of the UCC Chancel Choir, Youth Bell Choirs and Fort Worth Civic Orchestra.
BHYLF Dates, Times and Location
BHYLF performances are in our Sanctuary at 4:00pm and 6:00pm on Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5, 2020.
2720 South University Drive • Fort Worth, TX 76109
You can find us next to TCU, convenient and central to I-30, Chisholm Trail Parkway, I-20 and South Hulen.
Get directions here.
Limited reserved seating will be on sale for $15 beginning Monday, December 2.
As always, there are hundreds of free seats available.
During ticket sales season, reserve tickets here or call 817-926-6631, Ext. 139.
History of the BHYLF
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 beautiful imagery and wondrous surprises.
The festival 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. You can't experience the Christmas story quite like this anywhere else.
Wheelchair-accessible ramps are located at the South entrances along Cantey Street near the Sanctuary.