Community Posada

Join the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center & community partners as we host our first Posada! This is a cultural learning experience.

December 14, 2023 at 2021 Agnes St. 

  • 4:45-5:45pm: Community painting
  • 6:00-6:30pm: Posada begins
  • 6:30-7:00pm: Piñatas
  • 7:00-8:00pm: Food and fellowship

Free and open to the community

Thank you to community partners: Westside Business Association, Telemundo, Funeraria del Angel, Instituto de Cultura Hispanica De Corpus Christi, Hispanic Women's Network of Texas, Corpus Christi AFT, Corpus Christi Literacy Council


A posada navideña is a meaningful tradition in many Latin American countries. It has Catholic roots and symbolically reenacts part of the Christmas story, in which people dressed as Mary and Joseph, followed by a procession, seek refuge at posadas (inns) by symbolically knocking on doors. Initially they are turned away. At the third door they are allowed to enter. The procession and responses involve traditional songs and responses.

Some typical parts of the tradition include:

  • Foods such as tamales and pan dulce (sweet bread)
  • Hot chocolate and other holiday beverages
  • Piñatas: A piñata with 7 points represents the 7 deadly sins, which can be symbolically smashed. The star shape of the piñata sometimes also represents the star from the Christmas story.
  • A donkey representing the Christmas story of Mary riding a donkey