Boar’s Head Christmas Festival set

The Boar's Head is carried into the festival by the Trenchbearers.

The Boar’s Head is carried into the festival by the Trenchbearers.

Peace Lutheran Church, 737 Barracksview Road, will offer its 21st annual Boar’s Head Christmas Festival, featuring new costumes and new music, in December.

The Boar’s Head Christmas Festival will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 5. The festival also will be presented at 2:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, free tickets will be offered to the public on a first-come basis. Tickets can be obtained by calling (314) 892-5610.

Pre-festival music will include: Dec. 3, the We Are One Community Chorus; Dec. 4, the Peace Handbell Choir; Dec. 5, the Peace Brass Choir; and Dec. 6, the Peace Wind Symphony.

As the pageant opens amid carols and other period music, a Yule sprite appears ushering in the celebration with a “Christ Candle” lit to symbolize the Christ bringing light to a darkened world.

Before the procession of lords and ladies, dancers, musicians, swordsmen and servants, the boar’s head is presented to King Wenceslas, symbolizing the defeat of evil, an analogy of the Savior who ultimately conquers evil, a news release stated.

After the merriment of the court scene, the Christmas story is presented without dialogue, complete with shepherds and wise men following the star to the holy family.

Through the festival, Peace Lutheran of-fers the community a peek into Christmas past with a message as real today as it was then, the release stated. It presents one of Christianity’s oldest Christmas traditions, the Boar’s Head Christmas Festival.

More information about the festival can be found at