Come celebrate La Posada at the Highline Heritage Museum in Burien on Friday night, Dec. 8, 2023.

This free holiday event will run from 5 – 8 p.m.

La Posada, which translates to “The Inns” in English, is a religious festival celebrated in Mexico, some parts of the United States, and other Latin American countries. It commemorates the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe place for Mary to give birth to Jesus Christ. The celebration is a reenactment of this journey, with participants processing through the streets with candles and singing traditional songs.

The celebration originated in Mexico in the 16th century as a way for Spanish missionaries to teach indigenous people about the Christian faith. The missionaries used the celebration as a way to explain the Nativity story and to promote Christian values. Over time, Las Posadas became a popular tradition in Mexico and spread to other parts of Latin America.

Each evening during the event, a group of people, often children, will gather at a designated house and sing a procession of traditional songs called “villancicos.” The procession will then move to another house, and so on, until each house in the neighborhood has been visited.


  • 5 p.m.:
    • Traditional Games
    • La Loteria
    • Presentations in English and Spanish
    • Crafts and activities in Spanish
    • Orchestra Northwest
  • 6 – 8 pm:
    • La Posada: Procession, Pinatas
    • Sweet bread, Chocolate, Tamales
    • Crafts and activities in Spanish
    • Grupo Folklorico Citlali
    • And more!

More info here:

The Highline Heritage Museum is located at 819 SW 152nd Street in Burien:

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