Una Noche de las Posadas

Una Noche de Las Posadas (The Inns) is the time-honored reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging in Bethlehem as it was once celebrated in Early California and is still observed throughout Latin America. The procession begins at the Presidio chapel and winds over to State Street, through the De la Guerra Plaza, and continues to Casa de la Guerra with the singing of holiday songs in Spanish. After the event, traditional desserts and hot chocolate are served.


Join in this rich cultural tradition and experience firsthand the way in which Santa Barbara’s earliest Spanish and Mexican residents celebrated Christmas with music, food, and merriment.


SBTHP thanks The Towbes Foundation for sponsoring the 2019 Una Noche de Las Posadas.


Held in December

Begins at the Presidio Chapel at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara SHP

123 E Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara

This is free event

For more information: (805) 965-0093

Image of El Coro and Joseph, Mary, and the angel passing through the streets of Santa Barbara during Una Noche de las Posadas. Photo by Paul Mori.