Celebrate Una Noche de Las Posadas

Posted on Dec 19 by SEASONS Magazine

Una Noche de Las Posadas, courtesy photo.

Young Una Noche de Las Posadas volunteers lead the singing procession while portraying Mary, Joseph and an Angel- along with “Burrito,” a 46-year-old donkey from Los Padres Outfitters. Picture by Dr. Paul Mori

Participate in one of Santa Barbara’s oldest Christmas traditions as the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) presents the 26th annual Una Noche de Las Posadas on Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m. This free, family-friendly event begins at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park and concludes at Casa de la Guerra. 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 merriment. 

Las Posadas (The Inns) commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their nine-day search for shelter 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 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 to State Street and into De la Guerra Plaza. The procession ends at Casa de la Guerra as Joseph and Mary finally find shelter and attendees enjoy more singing, traditional refreshments, and the breaking of a holiday piñata. This cultural holiday tradition was brought to Santa Barbara by its early Spanish and Mexican settlers and is still observed throughout many Latin American communities.

Join in on the 26th annual Una Noche de Las Posadas and celebrate cultural tradition this Thursday, December 21!

—Danielle Hazlett 



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