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Las Posadas Nativity Procession

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Date(s) - 12/11/2016
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Columbia State Historic Park


Las Posadas is a Spanish tradition that re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter 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 34th annual!

Columbia State Historic Park is decorated for the Christmas season with traditional Christmas boughs and wreaths, and the ambiance is enhanced with luminaries on Main Street, lighting the way for the evening procession. The Mirth & Glee Carolers, in period costume, provide music for the event, and on-lookers participate also in this touching Columbia Christmas tradition — singing Christmas carols by candlelight.

The cast of characters includes Mary riding on a donkey led by Joseph, angels carrying lanterns, the three Wise Men, tax collector, innkeeper, gold miners as shepherds, townspeople in 1850s dress, and of course, the baby Jesus. Columbia’s Las Posadas Nativity Procession was created by the Wright Family of Columbia, and they are again the directors for this “magical” event.

Only heavy rain, or lots of snow, will cause the event to be cancelled. It’s especially magical if it’s lightly snowing!

For more information about this free event sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, call 532-6604, or visit www.columbiacalifornia.com.