Ticket sales open on Monday, Nov. 15 for the sixth annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St.

Held at Epiphany, on the first weekend of the New Year, the festival is a re-enactment of ancient celebrations which marked the end of the 12 days of Christmas. Tradition claims Epiphany as the time when the Magi offered their gifts to the Christ Child. In medieval England, this religious festival was recognized by revels in the manor hall, presenting a wild boar’s head, which came to symbolize Christ’s triumph over Satan.

The Festival is staged in the spacious sanctuary, decorated in the beginning as the Manor House. Arriving guests are greeted with music and offered sweetmeats. The Herald proclaims the entry of the Boar’s Head, carried in triumph by the Beefeaters, and a procession of cooks and staff brings forth the great feast. Dancers from the Rockport Dance Conservatory entertain the Royal Court. Then follow carolers to wish us well, King Wenceslas and his pages reminding us to help those in need, and woodsmen with the yule log, which represents the rekindling of love. The lights dim and the hall transforms into a cathedral for the worship of the newborn King as the Holy Family arrives, followed by Shepherds, Magi and animals. When all have assembled, they kneel in adoration. The ceremony closes as a small child in the role of the yule sprite, accompanied by a cleric of the church, carries forth Christ’s light to all people.

Throughout the performance, music by the Midcoast Brass Quintet, the Chancel Choir and handbell ringers of Rockland Congregational Church, and vocal and instrumental soloists, with singing by the congregation, is enhanced by Richard Einsel at the organ. With a large costumed cast drawn from the Midcoast community, dancers, live animals from Zabby’s Traveling Farm Animals and Ridge Mist Llamas, choirs and musicians, the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at Rockland Congregational Church is a glorious way to close the holiday season. The festival seeks to give back to the community by designating all proceeds after expenses to benefit the assistance programs of Area Interfaith Outreach.

General admission seats are $10 and reserved numbered seats on both sides of the center aisle are $15. To purchase tickets call the office of Rockland Congregational Church at 594-8656. Major credit cards are accepted.

Performance dates and times are Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1 and 2 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. All of the hour-long performances are preceded by Renaissance entertainment for the arriving audience, beginning 30 minutes before the show. The audience is invited to enjoy refreshments at the Gala in the Fellowship Hall after the festival.