Free Event

Las Posadas Procession

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7 to 9 p.m.

This candle-lit procession and heritage event is based on a 400-year-old Spanish colonial Christmas tradition.

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  • Please Note: This event is from 2017.

    Florida Living History, Inc. will present its annual heritage event for the holiday season: “Las Posadas del Viejo San Agustín.” Based on a 400-year-old Spanish colonial Christmas celebration, the event will feature a candle-lit procession through the nation’s oldest city for children of all ages on the evening of Saturday, December 15, 2018, along St. George Street from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    The “Las Posadas” procession is based on Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve (“posadas” is Spanish for “lodgings”). Everyone is invited to participate in this delightful new event that is sure to become a favorite tradition during the Nights of Lights season in St. Augustine.

    The procession will form at 6:30 p.m. by the City Gate at the north end of St. George Street, and will proceed down the street, stopping at several designated locations to "ask for lodgings," as is traditional. The procession ends in front of Government House, where Florida Living History's Theater with a Mission group, directed by Dr. Ben Gunter, will present a centuries-old scene from Lope de Vega's Cristo Nuestro Bien.

    Support for this heritage event is provided in part by the Florida Humanities Council and the generosity of Florida Living History's donors.

    Admission: Free.

    When: Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Procession forms at 6:30 p.m.

    Where: Along St. George Street in downtown St. Augustine. Procession forms at the City Gate at the north end of St. George Street and ends at Government House at the south end of the pedestrians-only street.

    Photo above courtesy of John Cipriani.

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