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Where to Celebrate Las Posadas in Los Angeles

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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.

We hope you get the chance to experience Las Posadas this holiday season in Los Angeles. Enjoy!

Celebrate Las Posadas! Feliz Navidad
Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Pretend City invites families to its Las Posadas celebration on Monday, December 16th from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm. This special program will feature arts and crafts, a special story time, and more. (All activities are included with museum admission).

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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. 

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Las Posadas Celebration
Heritage Park
12100 Mora Dr., Santa Fe Springs, CA 

The City of Santa Fe Springs hosts a Las Posadas celebration on Friday, December 13th at 6:30pm. Enjoy a candle-lit procession, carols (sung in English and Spanish),  performances by Mariachis and Folklorico dancers, and more. Food will be available for purchase as well. 

Las Posadas Celebration
California Lutheran University Student Union
3391 Mountclef Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Cal Lutheran invites families to its Las Posadas celebration on Sunday, December 8th at 6:00 pm. “students playing Mary and Joseph travel by donkey through campus looking for shelter.” The evening will also include hot chocolate, pan dulce, and the breaking of a piñata.

Las Posadas Festival
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

The Bowers Museum is hosting a Las Posadas Festival on Sunday, December 15th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Enjoy a “traditional Mexican Christmas re-enactment of the story of Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter for the birth of the Baby Jesus at an inn (posada).” There will also be live performances, face painting, art projects, Mexican hot chocolate, and pan dulce to enjoy at this free festival.

Worth the Drive to San Diego

Old Town Las Posadas
Old Town San Diego
2415 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110

Take a trip to Old Town San Diego to celebrate Las Posadas on Saturday, December 14th from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This free event features a traditional procession (beginning at 5:00 pm), a piñata for children, live entertainment, and more. The day’s festivities will conclude with a campfire and s’mores! 


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