For over 400 years, the colonial Hispanic Christmas tradition of Las Posadas has been celebrated by processions throughout the New World. The event is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings (Spanish: “posadas”) in Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve. Join Florida Living History, Inc. volunteers when they present this night-time, candle-lit heritage event, set in the year 1580. From 7:00PM to 8:00PM, citizens and visitors are invited to join FLH as we process by candlelight along St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest continuously occupied, European city, port, and parish in the continental United States.
FLH’s Las Posadas procession will form at 6:30PM by the City Gates, near the north end of St. George Street – the public is encouraged to join in the procession. The processioners will march down St. George Street, stopping at several designated locations to “ask for lodgings,” as is traditional. The Las Posadas procession will conclude at the end of St. George Street, in the Plaza de la Constitución, where FLH’s Theater with a Mission group, from Tallahassee, will present a centuries-old scene from Lope de Vega‘s Cristo Nuestro Bien (A Shepherds & Angels Play), under the direction of FLH Director, Dr. Ben Gunter.