11 December 2010

i like tamales.

Dec. 12 will mark the 60th annual Las Posadas event in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Las Posadas is a long-standing tradition in Old Town, a celebratory day that everyone can enjoy. The Las Posadas procession is a walking reenactment of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for the Christ child. Everyone is invited to join the candlelit procession and sing traditional holiday songs in both Spanish and English as the players go from inn to inn, asking for symbolic lodging. The procession culminates with a live nativity scene in front of Casa de Estudillo.

This event combines the custom of caroling with the Hispanic tradition of the procession and the breaking of the piñata.

The Las Posadas procession will be lead by professional actors in period costume, including Willie, the acting donkey.

Before the procession that takes place at 5 p.m., this event will also feature a daytime celebration and preshow with live music, performances and activities for children from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A variety of local music and performing arts groups such as Metro Dance and Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church will perform from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For children’s entertainment, there will be free craft activities that include making pioneer-style cloth dolls, as well as corn-husk dolls and paper holiday flowers. Hot cider, pastries, Mexican baked goods, tamales, hot soup and more will be available for purchase.

At end of the festival, a bonfire will be lit in the middle of the state park with a piñata-breaking party following the Las Posadas procession at 6 p.m. Stores and museums within the state park will have extended hours until 8 p.m. that evening.

Admission to Las Posadas is free. For more information, phone (619) 297-31

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