La Paz Chattanooga, along with St. Peter’s Episcopal School, Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and River City Company will host a Christmas Posada celebration in Miller Plaza on Dec. 13.
A Posada is a traditional Mexican Christmas celebration that typically begins on Dec. 16 and lasts nine days leading up to Christmas.
Posada is a Spanish word for "inn" or "shelter" and the Posadas Navideñas, which represent events leading up to the Nativity of Jesus, are a pillar of Christmas traditions in Mexico.
La Paz’s event will highlight the tradition with activities and presentations to educate and engage participants.
Christmas carols will be sung by students from the Spanish immersion program at St. Peter’s Episcopal School; a traditional ‘Pastorela’ (nativity play) will be presented by members of Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul; and members of the community will lead the traditions of the Posada in the plaza.
Local Latinx restaurants and gift vendors will set up shop for a holiday market for attendees to purchase traditional holiday fare and handmade gifts from around Latin America.
The event is open to the public and will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.