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Two of Santa Barbara's most enduring Christmas traditions take place at the historic El Presidio every December: Una Noche de Las Posadas and La Pastorela. Una Noche de Las Posadas commemorates Mary... Read More
Two of Santa Barbara's most enduring Christmas traditions take place at the historic El Presidio every December: Una Noche de Las Posadas and La Pastorela. Una Noche de Las Posadas commemorates Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. There are songs, refreshments and activities for the kids. La Pastorela is the tale of the (shepherds) journey to Bethlehem to witness the birth of Christ. The performance is conducted entirely in Spanish and incorporates Early California song and dance. Both events celebrate local heritage in a traditional setting where many of Santa Barbara's earliest buildings have been restored or rebuilt on original foundations. The beautifully painted chapel is especially impressive, be sure not to miss it. Lots of other great sights, shops and restaurants are nearby.
123 E Canon Perdido St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
- Daily 10:30am-4:30pm
- Adult $5; Senior (62+) $4; Child (16 and under) Free
- Holiday Attractions: "Plan to get dinner at Julienne just across the street. It's one of the best restaurants in town!"
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Don't miss one of Santa Barbara's oldest Christmas traditions . The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents La Pastorela here each December.