Date(s) - 12/16/2019 - 12/24/2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
115 Paseo de la Plaza
This traditional nine-night ceremony reenacts the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Every evening, the crowd gathers as an angel leads the pastores (or shepherds) who ask for shelter at one of the shops on Olvera Street. Initially turned away, Mary and Joseph finally are given shelter, and songs of celebration can be heard up and down Olvera Street. The procession starts and ends at the Avila Adobe, the oldest house in Los Angeles. At the end of the event, each visitor is given a cup of hot champurrado and a piece of delicious pan dulce (sweet bread). Weather-permitting, a children’s piñata activity will be done at 6:30 p.m., and all in attendance can try and get some candy. The procession begins at 7:15 p.m. Ages 3-12.