Holiday in the Park This Weekend in Old Town

December 8, 2010

–Extended Shopping Hours, Holiday Performances and 60th Annual Las Posadas—

This weekend Old Town San Diego celebrates the holidays of yesteryear with a two-day long festival full of entertainment, extended shopping hours, and the 60th annual Las Posadas procession.

“This year Old Town we are pulling out all the stops for Holiday in the Park,” said entertainment director, Marco Puente. “We have more live entertainment than we have ever had in years past, and we are celebrating 60 years of having the Las Posadas procession in Old Town San Diego.”

The weekend begins on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. All of the museums, stores and restaurants in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be open and richly decorated for the holidays. Guests will enjoy special holiday treats, and extended shopping hours until 9 p.m., along with strolling carolers and live music.

On the main stage on Saturday starting at 1 p.m., C.A.S.T Academy Christmas Choir, KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy, Encore Youth Theatre Holiday Show Choir will perform for shoppers and visitors to the park. The Dickens Carolers will roam about the park signing traditional Christmas carols at dusk and guest will gather by a bonfire in the middle of the park for free s’mores.

Sunday, Dec. 12 marks the 60th-annual Las Posadas event in Old Town. The Las Posadas procession is a walking reenactment of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for the Christ child. Everyone is invited to join the candlelit procession and sing traditional holiday songs in both Spanish and English as the players go from inn to inn, asking for symbolic lodging.

Before the procession that takes place at 5 p.m., this event will also feature a daytime celebration with live music, performances and activities for children. A variety of local music and performing arts groups such as Metro Dance, Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, and St. Rita’s Catholic Church will perform from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be face painting, horse drawn carriage rides and children’s crafts.
The procession culminates with a live nativity scene in front of Casa de Estudillo and a free piñata party at El Fandango Restaurant. After the piñata party, free s’mores will be served at the bonfire the middle of the state at around 6 p.m.
Fiesta de Reyes, Old Town San Diego State Park, El Fandango and the Old Town State Park Merchants Association are sponsoring these events. There is free parking available in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street in Old Town after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. For more information about any of these events, visit Fiestadereyes.com or call 619-297-3100. Text “Fiesta” to 53137 to sign up for weekly updates on events at Fiesta de Reyes or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com .

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