Las Posadas is the re-enactment of Mary & Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem.

Las Posadas (Spanish for “the inn”) is a traditional Mexican festival which re-enacts Joseph’s search for room at the inn. Each Christmas season, a processional carrying a doll representing the Christ Child and images of Joseph and Mary riding a burro walks through the community streets. The doll is left at the chosen home and picked up on the next night when the processional begins again. The processional stops at a previously selected home and asks for lodging for the night. This continues for eight nights in commemoration of the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The people are invited in to read scriptures and sing Christmas carols called villancicos.

Join us for this 28th Annual family celebration at the Old Mission. Dress warmly, bring a flashlight, and meet on the porch of the Old Mission San Jose Museum, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont at 6 p.m.

We carol as we journey to the host business where entertainment has been provided by Fremont Cultural Arts Council and refreshments by the hosts. The entire event is usually concluded by 7:30 p.m.

Las Posadas is sponsored by the Committee for the Restoration of the Mission San Jose and the Fremont Cultural Arts Council. For more information about this event, call 510-657-1797, x103 or 510-794-7166.

2009 Schedule for Las Posadas

Date Location Entertainment
Tuesday, Dec. 15 Mission Coffee Roasting Co. Kristen Del Rio
Wednesday, Dec. 16 Sisters of the Holy Family Convent Living Witness Hand Bell Choir
Thursday, Dec. 17 Cheese Taster Sharon de Souza, soprano
Friday, Dec. 18 Museum of Local History Jerry Curry
Saturday, Dec. 19 Pink Swirl Frozen Yogurt Centerstage Singer
Sunday, Dec. 20 Dominican Sisters Madrigal Singers
Monday, Dec. 21 Prudential Realty Connie Chew, soprano
Tuesday, Dec. 22 Stephen Von Till & Assoc. Anza Street Troubadours
Wednesday, Dec. 23 Olive Hyde Art Gallery Paula Harrington, soprano