Hundreds pack Bethesda-by-the-Sea for the annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival, performed here since 1977. The traditional English boar's head festival dates back to the 1300s in Queen's College, Oxford. Wild boars menaced villagers in Norman England, and the serving of the boar symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. In the beautiful gothic church, we relive the pageantry and drama of 14th century England.
More than 160 cast members including parishioners, vocalists, the Bethesda Choir, Palm Beach Pipes and Drums, and instrumentalists dress as lords and ladies, sprites, pages, jesters, shepherds, huntsmen, and beefeaters in a mingling of pagan and Christian traditions. You will hear favorite Christmas Carols, enjoy fantastic costumes and performances, and feel the majesty of the arrival of the Baby Jesus. Join us for a wonderful celebration and a fitting close to a joyous holiday season.
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The ceremony is always held on the Sunday closest to The Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas, which is the date the Three Kings are said to have arrived in Bethlehem. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call the church office at 655.4554.