Las Posadas

las-posadas-at-msj-2016Las Posadas, a ceremonial celebration of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, is co-sponsored by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council and the Old Mission San Jose.

Join us for the celebration of Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Since 1982 Old Mission San Jose and Fremont Cultural Arts Council provides an opportunity for families to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Each evening at 6:00 p.m. we will meet on the front porch of the Mission San Jose Museum, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont, to process while singing Christmas carols to a local business or site within two blocks of the Mission. A family is selected to carry the beautifully handcarved statue of Mary and Joseph. Once inside the host business or site, Fremont Cultural Arts Council has arranged for a short musical program and then we will enjoy light refreshments courtesy of our host. Wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight to read the music sheets as we process. We hope you wil join us rain or shine for this no-cost celebration during the Christmas season.

Photos courtesy of Victor Carvellas (top row), Nancy Dorighi (bottom row)

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2016 Schedule

Thursday, December 15
Von Till Law Offices
152 Anza St.
Entertainment: Anza St. Troubadors

Friday, December 16
Sisters of the Holy Family
159 Washington Boulevard, in the Large Dining Room
Entertainment: First United Methodist Church Bells Choir

Saturday, December 17
Dutra Enterprises, Inc. & Better Homes & Garden Realty
43430 Mission Boulevard
Entertainment: Santa’s Tallest Elves

Sunday, December 18
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
43326 Mission Blvd.
Entertainment: AAAAHZ Traditional Christmas

Monday, December 19
Mission Coffee and More
151 Washington Boulevard
Entertainment: Kristen Del Rio, Soprano

Tuesday, December 20
Shinebrite Cleaning Services
43367 Mission Blvd.
Entertainment: Connie Chew, Vocalist

Wednesday, December 21
Museum of Local History
190 Anza St.
Entertainment: Sharon Xavier de Souza, Soprano

Thursday, December 22
Tavares Realty
270 Washington Blvd.
Entertainment: Center Stage Singers

Friday, December 23
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Boulevard
Entertainment: Carols with St. Joseph Parish Instrumentalists, followed by a piñata for the children

Call (510) 794-7166 for more information.

There are many references to the tradition of Las Posadas online. Here is one example of many.