Participate in one of Santa Barbara’s oldest Christmas traditions as the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 26th annual Una Noche de Las Posadas on Friday, December 16 at 7 p.m.
Las Posadas (The Inns) commemorates the biblical account of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter from Nazareth through Bethlehem as it was once celebrated in Early California. Una Noche de Las Posadas, a one-night version of the celebration, begins with traditional Spanish holiday songs performed in the candlelit Presidio Chapel (123 E. Canon Perdido St.) by El Coro del Real Presidio de Santa Bárbara. Guests are invited to join the choir in a procession led by children portraying an angel, Joseph, and Mary, along with their small burro as they stroll and sing their way from State Street to Casa de la Guerra. This holiday tradition was brought to Santa Barbara by its Spanish and Mexican settlers and is still observed throughout Latin America.
Join in this rich cultural tradition and experience firsthand the way in which Santa Barbara’s earliest Spanish and Mexican residents gathered together and celebrated Christmas with music, food, and family-friendly merriment.
Call 805/965-0093 or visit www.sbthp.org for more information.
—Victoria Tai Murphy