Holiday: The Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival

Bring your holiday season to a close with one of the oldest continuing Christmas traditions, The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Although more than 600 years old, the Boar's Head was first celeb

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Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival

Bring your holiday season to a close with one of the oldest continuing Christmas traditions, The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Although more than 600 years old, the Boar's Head was first celebrated at Christ Church in Cincinnati in 1940. 


Each year, embers from last year’s yule log are used to light its predecessor as the Christ Church Cathedral presents Boar’s Head as a gift to the people of Cincinnati. It is a celebration complete with elaborate costumes, musical ceremonies, mince pie, plum pudding and a hog’s head. 

Even though the celebration’s roots lie in ancient times, continuing its traditions with a weekend of performances will enrich the holiday season of Cincinnatians both young and old. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Limited “no show” seating is available at each performance. 

5 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Downtown, boarsheadfestival.com.

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