Niños pidiendo posadas - Diego Rivera
Niños pidiendo posadas – Diego Rivera

The posadas  is a re-enact of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. Las Posadas are tradionally celebrated each evening from December 16 to 24. The nine evenings represent the nine months of Maria’s pregnancy with Jesus in her womb.

The celebrations begin at dusk Children dress as shepherds, angels and sometimes, Mary and Joseph. An angel leads the procession followed by Mary and Joseph and then guests carrying candles and signing a song to ask for shelter. At the final stop of the posada guests are served traditional food and drinks, such as bunuelos, pan duelce, tamales and hot chocolate or champurrado. Children partake in a pinata in the shape of the Christmas star.

This Christmas tradition can be both spiritual and educational. Here is a list of upcoming Posadas Events:


Tamale Festival & Las Posadas

I posted this event yesterday but it’s a posada event so I’ve added it to this as well – The 20th Annual Placentia Tamale Festival and Las Posadas Festival in downtown Placentia.

  • When: December 10th, 2014 from 4:00pm – 9:00  pm.
  • Where: 100-200 block of Santa Fe Avenue of Old Town Placentia.

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Old Town San Diego

Folks in Mexico have been reenacting the biblical journey of Joseph and Mary looking for shelter throughout Bethlehem for over 400 years. In San Diego’s Old Town, it’s been done for over 60 years.

This free event is on Sunday, December 14th with caroling starting at 2:00 p.m. and the procession of Las Posadas starting at 5:00 p.m. “In the name of heaven, I ask you for shelter, because my beloved wife can continue no longer,” cries Saint Joseph. “Let us sing with joy, all bearing in mind that Jesus, Joseph, and Mary honor us by having come,” answer the townspeople.


 Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

A traditional Mexican Christmas celebration re-enacting Mary’s and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Enjoy traditional Mexican music, dance, costumes, hot chocolate, and pan dulce (sweet bread). Mexican dress is encouraged.

  • When: Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Where: Bowers Museum – in the North Wing Parking Lot for procession; program in John M. Lee Court
  • Cost: Free

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Museum and Gallery Store will be closed. Sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation.


Olivera Street, Los Angeles

On Olvera Street, Las Posadas is one of Los Angeles’ oldest Christmas events and will be played out for nine nights by the Olvera Street Merchants. The event runs from December 16 through Christmas Eve. Entertainment will start at 5:30 pm, the candlelight procession starting at the historic Avila Adobe begins at approximately 7:00 pm.The public is invited to join in or merely observe.

The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.

located between Main and Alameda streets north of downtown Los Angeles. Public transportation is available via the Metrolink, MTA railand bus service to Union Station, across from Olvera Street.  Paid parking is also available at nearby lots on Main, Los Angeles and Alameda streets.

  • When: December 16 through December 24, 2104 begins at 5:30 pm
  • Where: Olvera Street , 845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Cost: Free

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Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove

The Hispanic Community is hosting a Posada on Saturday, December 20, 2014 in the Chritst Cathedral Academy Gym at 6pm.

  •  When: Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00PM
  • Where: Crystal Cathedral, 12141 Lewis St, Garden Grove, CA 92840
  • Cost: free
La piñata - Diego Rivera
La piñata – Diego Rivera

 Prentend City, Irvine

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Although this isn’t a true Posadas event, children can learn about the Posasads through special activities. On December 16, 2014, Pretend City celebrates the first day of this 9 day Mexican Christmas celebration. Children will have fun learning about the history of this celebration. Activities of the day will include:

  • Smart Art: Visit the Art Studio to make colorful Las Posadas mementos to take home:
    • Posada Piñata Ornaments – In Mexico the breaking of a piñata accompanies almost every festive occasion. Make your very own Piñata ornament to hang on your tree this holiday season.
    • Posada Placemat – On the 9th day of Las Posadas families gather for a delicious feast. Make sure you are prepared by creating your very own holiday placemat.
    • Luminaria Path– Children will have the opportunity to create their own glowing replica of a Hispanic Christmas Luminaria Path, which is a deep rooted Las Posadas tradition.
  • Sensational Story Time: Introduce your child to Las Posadas through rich holiday literature. Enjoy special one-on-one story time with your child by reading Las Posadas stories in the Pretend City Library.
  •  Where: Prentend City 29 Hublle Irvine, CA
  • When: December 16, 2014
  • Time: Activity times vary
  • Specifically for:  Preschoolers (3-5 years), Kindergarteners (5-6 years)
  • Costs: $12.50 for children12 months + and adults $12.50 per person for complete details visit Prentend City’s website.
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