30th Annual Las Posadas Nativity Procession12/09/2012
Hours: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Columbia State Historic Park
Las Posadas is a Spanish tradition that re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem on the original Christmas Eve. Since 1983 the people of Columbia have put on their own version of Las Posadas each December--with a distinctive 1850s flavor. This year it's the 30th annual! Columbia State Historic Park is decorated for the holiday season with traditional boughs and wreaths, and the ambiance is enhanced with luminaries on Main Street, lighting the way for the evening procession. The Mirth & Glee Carolers provide music for the event, and on-lookers can join in singing Christmas carols by candlelight. The cast of characters includes Mary riding on a donkey led by Joseph, angels, the three Wise Men, tax collector, gold miners as shepherds, townspeople in 1850s costume, and of course, the baby Jesus. Trisha Crawford, Avery, will portray Mary for the 30th time--she was in the original procession and every year since. Columbia's Las Posadas was created by the Harry Wright family of Columbia, and they are again the directors for this "magical" event for the whole family. www.columbiacalifornia.com
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