Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Hosts 69th Annual Las Posadas

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
The reenactment of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for Jesus will take place in Old Town San Diego State Park.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be decked out in historic holiday finery this year and will be the scene of the 69th Annual Las Posadas celebration on Saturday, December 14.

The annual Las Posadas procession is a walking reenactment of what is traditionally a 9-day event in Mexico depicting the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for Jesus. Everyone is invited to join the candlelit procession, starting at 4:45 p.m., and sing traditional holiday songs in both Spanish and English as the players go from inn to inn, symbolically asking for lodging. The procession will include local actors playing the parts of Joseph and the innkeepers. 

The park will be decorated to represent the historical setting of Pueblo de San Diego. Christmas trees will be decorated with pinecones and bows, with shop windows lighted by candles as visitors stroll through the park.

Visitors should gather at 4:45 p.m. inside the park near the Twigg Street on San Diego Avenue for the candle-lit procession which will begin at 5:00 p.m. and culminate in front of Casa de Estudillo with a live nativity scene and musical performance.

Following the procession there will be a bonfire with complimentary hot chocolate and S’Mores and caroling.  The bonfire will be held every Saturday in December.

The event is sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes and The Old Town State Park Merchants Association. There is free parking available in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street in Old Town after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. For more information about Las Posadas, the bonfires and other events, visit Fiestadereyes.com or call (619) 297-3100.

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