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Las Posadas in the Albuquerque Area

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Las Posadas is a New Mexican holiday tradition that dates back to when the Spanish arrived in the area in the 17th century. The tradition of re-enacting the journey of Mary and Joseph to the stable in Bethlehem still takes place in churches through the state, especially in northern New Mexico. Many times the two actors arrive on a horse or donkey.


Besides the two large public Las Posadas events listed, many parish churches and neighborhood associations carry out their own traditions. Contact your local parish or neighborhood association to see if a Las Posadas will take place in your area.

Updated for 2013.

Las Posadas at Casa San Ysidro

Old San Ysidro Church
966 Old Church Road, Corrales

Head to Corrales to see the Noche de Luces on December 7 at Casa San Ysidro. On December 18, cross the road to the San Ysidro Church for the re-enactment of the journey of Mary and Joseph and that special night in Bethlehem.

Las Posadas is re-enacted once a year by the Corrales Historical Society to honor this tradition. The Corrales re-enactment has two Corrales children portray Mary and Joseph. Our Lady of Guadalupe parish choir from Albuquerque's north valley provide the music. The music is sung, one part by the Mary and Joseph entourage, the other by the people of the church. The event is free and followed by refreshments.

When: December 18, 7 p.m. 

Las Posadas de Barelas

Barelas Community Center
801 Barelas SW

Las Posadas de Barelas begins at the Barelas Community Center and wends its way through the neighborhood. Bring candles and flashlights and dress warmly. The procession includes angels, shepherds, kings and choirs of heavenly voices. The procession reenacts the journey of Mary and Joseph as they travel the streets of Barelas, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Afterward, join the Fiesta de Navidad with free biscochitos and hot cocoa. There will be entertainment and a visit from St. Nick.  For information, call 848-1343.

When: December 21, 6 p.m.

Las Posadas in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Plaza

Every year, the procession of Las Posadas goes around Santa Fe Plaza and ends in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. The candle-lit procession follows in the tradition of Mary and Joseph's search for a place to stay for the night and await the birth of baby Jesus. The holiday tradition is followed by carols in the Palace courtyard, along with cookies and refreshments. The event is free.

When: December 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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