The Boar’s Head Yule Log and Festival May Just Be Cincinnati's Most Eccentric — and Plum Pudding-Filled — Holiday Tradition

This pageant is back at Christ Church Cathedral

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Boar's Head Festival

This Cincinnati tradition celebrates 79 years of pageantry, pleated pantaloons and roasted boars' heads. This ancient Christmas festival, rooted in pagan forestry, goes back almost 700 years and symbolizes the Christ Child’s triumph over sin.

Our local fest, held at Christ Church Cathedral, is modeled after one that originated at Queen’s College in Oxford, England in the 1300s and it includes a cast of more than 250 costumed lords, ladies, knights, hunters, pages, shepherds and wise men performing carols and the story of the nativity and lighting a yule log.

It’s a lavish theatrical production with a large homemade mince pie and plum pudding, and a garnished hog’s head on a platter.

End result: It’s a cool Medieval tradition with roots in Christian and pagan winter festivals.

2 p.m. dress rehearsal Dec. 29; 5 p.m. show Dec. 20; 2:30 and 5 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets are free and but were distributed earlier in the year; call the ticket hotline at 513-621-BOAR for more info. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Downtown,

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