Updated for 2020
This year many Las Posadas celebrations have been cancelled. We’ve found one that has become virtual and one we think is still happening live. Please confirm with the event organizers.
Las Posadas is the celebration that commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem as they searched for shelter in preparation of Jesus’s birth. It is a popular tradition throughout Latin America and there are several places in Los Angeles and Southern California that continue the tradition.
If you’ve never experienced one, the ritual involves a reenactment of the Holy Family going from place to place, seeking to be allowed entrance.
The group representing the Holy Family stands outside a series of houses, singing songs, asking for lodging. They are refused time and again until the group reaches the designated house. Finally, the travelers are permitted to enter. Prayer and song continue in the home, and festive foods are shared. The evening ends with a piñata in the shape of star.www.FranciscanMedia.org
We hope you get the chance to experience Las Posadas this holiday season in Los Angeles. Enjoy!
See Las Posadas in SoCal
Las Posadas on Olvera Street
El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Las Posadas celebration on Olvera Street is considered one of the oldest Christmas events in Los Angeles. For nine nights, beginning on December 16th through December 24th (from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm), families can watch (or join) a candlelight procession. There will also be a “free theatrical performance of the classic Mexican comedy La Pastorela following each evening procession” as well as the breaking of a children’s piñata.
Las Posadas Virtual Celebration
12100 Mora Dr., Santa Fe Springs, CA
The City of Santa Fe Springs hosts a Virtual Las Posadas celebration on December 11th this year. Enjoy a candle-lit procession, carols (sung in English and Spanish), performances by Mariachis and Folklorico dancers, and more.
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