A common misconception is that Christmas ends on December 25th. But it’s actually just the beginning of twelve days of celebrations, ending on January 5th. And on January 6th the Church celebrates Epiphany! This day is traditionally recognized as the day that the Magi offered their gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh to the Christ Child. Since 1976 University Christian Church has celebrated Epiphany with The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival!
The festival is a merging of two stories that share the message of good and knowledge of Christ’s teachings will prevail over evil. This medieval festival was originally based on an old legend of a student in Oxford, who, while studying in the forest, was attacked by a wild boar. The student used his book, a volume of Aristotle’s works, to slay the boar. When the church adopted this story it became a symbol of good over evil.
The story of the Boar’s Head, the legend of the Yule Log, the story of King Wenceslas, the angelic message to the shepherds, the journey and gifts of the Magi, and more are woven together and lead us to the adoration of the Christ Child.
Each year, more than 300 people, including characters of all social statures, the UCC Chancel and Handbell Choirs, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, along with everyone behind the scenes taking care of props costumes, makeup, the stage, and cleanup come together to make this festival possible.
We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to celebrate with us!
The festival is celebrated every year in the UCC Sanctuary on the first Saturday and Sunday in January. There are two performances at 3 and 5 p.m. each day. The festival is free and open to the public. There are a limited number of reserved seats available. Tickets go on sale the first Monday after Thanksgiving and may be purchased through our website.
For more information call 817.926.6631 or email [email protected].