Hundreds attended the Las Posadas procession in Old Town San Diego Historic State Park on Sunday, Dec. 11. The annual Las Posadas event is a candlelit procession that re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for the Christ child. This year was the 61st annual procession in Old Town but the tradition has been happening since 1546 in Mexico and is practiced around the world.

Everyone was invited to join the candlelit procession as the players went from inn to inn, asking for symbolic lodging. The procession was led by professional actors in period costume. Pictured from left to right, Aminah al-Jaber as Innkeeper, Ramona al-Jaber as Innkeeper, Victor Contreras as Joseph, Reyna Morales as Mary, April Fisher as Angel, Eric George as Wise Man, Federico Moramarco as Wise Man, David Cohen as Wise Man, Austyn Myers as Shepherd Son, Steve Jensen as Father Shepherd and Willie, the acting donkey.


Students from Alpine’s Joan Mac Queen Middle School are scheduled to perform a special Spanish-themed Christmas show on the Fiesta de Reyes stage on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.

In addition, the students will be singing from the balcony of the newly remodeled Cosmopolitan Hotel during the traditional Las Posadas celebration in Old Town plaza on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m.

“The students are truly multitalented young people who represent the spirit of the multicultural 21st century learner,” says Principal Katy Andersen. “They are very excited to show the public what they have been working on this year.”

The seventh and eighth grade students are in a first-year Spanish class as part of their Alpine School District pilot program called STEM, an acronym for Science-Technology-Engineering and Mathematics.

The students are studying Spanish in order to begin cooperative Internet-based projects with students in South America this spring. The foreign students are learning English and both groups will be working on the same project, practicing both languages while learning about science, math, engineering, history, communication and technology.

Admission to the concert is free. Fiesta de Reyes is located at Juan and Calhoun streets, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station. In addition to the Casa de Reyes restaurant and Barra Barra Saloon, the plaza boasts 19 specialty stores.  For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit

Dec. 11 will mark the 61st annual Las Posadas event in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. 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. The procession culminates with a live nativity scene in from of Casa de Estudillo as well as a piñata party.

The 61st annual Las Posadas procession culminates with a manger scene in front of the Casa de Estudillo.

This event combines the Anglo custom of caroling with the Hispanic tradition of the procession and the breaking of the piñata. The Las Posadas procession will be lead by professional actors in period costume, including Willie, the acting donkey.

Before the procession that takes place at 5 p.m., this event will also feature a daytime celebration and preshow with live music, performances and activities for children from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of local music and performing arts groups will perform from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For children’s entertainment, there will be free craft activities that include making pioneer-style cloth dolls, as well as corn-husk dolls and paper holiday flowers. At end of the festival,  there will be a piñata-breaking party following the Las Posadas procession at 6 p.m.

This is the third year that the Las Posadas procession is produced by the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park concessionaires. Admission to Las Posadas is free.  For more information, phone (619) 297-3100.