Las Posadas has been a part of Olvera Street since its founding in 1930. Reenacting the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem with traditional songs, colorful costumes, and vibrant music brings one of the oldest Christmas stories to life. While the event is rooted in Christian and Catholic traditions, all are welcome to participate.
Each night the crowd gathers as the pastores, or shepherds, are led by the angel to ask for shelter at one of the shops on Olvera Street. Initially turned away, Mary and Joseph are finally given shelter and songs of celebration can be heard up and down Olvera Street. The procession starts and ends at the Avila Adobe, the oldest house in Los Angeles. At the end, each visitor is given a cup of hot champurrado and a piece of delicious pan dulce, or sweet bread. This is a nine (9) night festival, ending on Christmas Eve with a live Mary and Joseph, honoring the birth of Jesus.
- Children’s Piñata – 6:30 pm
For children ages 3-12. Candy is also thrown out, so all in attendance can catch candy! (Piñata will not take place if it’s raining)
- Procession – 7:15 pm includes:
- Angel(s) leading the procession by candelight
- Statue of Mary & Joseph is carried during the procession (December 16-23)
- Live Mary & Joseph on December 24, with birth of Jesus (statue of baby Jesus is displayed)
- Grupo Rondalla del Sol – 8-10 musicians, who specialize in string instruments, in the tradition of traveling serenading groups of Spain
- Shepherds follow Mary & Joseph on their journey
- Traditional Christmas songs in Spanish that narrate the journey of Mary & Joseph
- Free sweet bread & champurrado given to all after procession
- Pastorela – 8:30 pm
After the procession, head to the end of Olvera Street for the Pastorela, a comedic play about Christmas with live music.
-Takes place in the Methodist Church –