Peace Lutheran Church will present annual Boar’s Head Christmas event

This Nativity scene for Peace Lutheran Church’s annual Boar’s Head Christmas  Festival shows Joseph, Mary, Jesus and shepherds. This year’s event begins Thursday, Nov. 29.

This Nativity scene for Peace Lutheran Church’s annual Boar’s Head Christmas Festival shows Joseph, Mary, Jesus and shepherds. This year’s event begins Thursday, Nov. 29.

Peace Lutheran Church, 737 Barracksview Road, will present its 18th annual Boar’s Head Christmas Festival later this month.

The Boar’s Head Christmas Festival will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 2. The festival also will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

Beginning today — Nov. 1 — tickets will be offered free to the public on a first-come basis. Tickets can be obtained by calling the church office at (314) 892-5610.

The pageant includes four choirs, various instrumentalists and a costumed cast of children and adults, most of whom are members of Peace Lutheran Church.

Preservice music will begin 30 minutes before each service, this year featuring the church’s own Brass Choir.

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

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.

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.

Additional information about the festival can be found by clicking on the Boar’s Head tab at

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