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 1300's 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 of all ages, 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.
The ceremony is 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.
2017 Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival
Sunday, January 8 | 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. | Church
A requested donation of $20 will be received at the door.
SPECIAL NOTE TO PARISHIONERS:
Do you want to be a part of the experience of Boar's Head this year?
"Boar's Head" is quickly approaching, and this major pageant requires detailed planning, especially with the Advent and Christmas holidays being between now and the festival. So, we invite past participants and newcomers alike to be a part of this major outreach. The Boar's Head works best when entire families participate. If not on stage, there's plenty to do behind the scenes.
Click here to see a description of the crew roles. Our Crew is as important, maybe more so, than the cast. It is the crew that keeps things moving.
If you're not familiar with the Boar's Head, click here for a preview which we hope you'll enjoy.