Old Town’s 61st Annual Las Posadas Dec. 11

December 1, 2011

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.

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