This weekend: Las Posadas del Pueblo and Hampton Illinois Library Christmas party

The Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts is bringing a new event to the Texas Theatre this Saturday night. Las Posadas del Pueblo will feature a presentation by Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi Los Reyes. Admission to the 8 p.m. event is $10 for adults and free for children.

In Mexican tradition, Las Posadas (meaning "the inns" or "the shelters") is a nine-day event from Dec. 16-24 that commemorates Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ. Las Posadas is a reenactment of this difficult journey.

Food and treats are a big part of the traditional celebration. State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo and Attorney John R. Salazar, event sponsors, will lead other special guests, including Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez and Constable Jaime Cortes, in celebrating the fiesta on stage by breaking a piñata, dancing, and passing out the aguinaldos (bags filled with peanuts, fruit, candy and party favors) to children. Afterward the audience is invited to enjoy tamales, buñuelos, champurrado, ponches and pan dulce.

Also this weekend is the Hampton-Illinois Library Friends Christmas party for children on Saturday at 2 p.m. Santa will make a visit, and activities include Christmas stories, holiday music, refreshments and a free book.


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