Since 1983. Las Posadas is a Spanish tradition that re- enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlehem on the original Christmas Eve. Since the beginning, the people of Columbia have put on their own version of Las Posadas each December–with a distinctive 1850s flavor. Columbia State Historic Park is decorated for the Christmas season with traditional Christmas boughs and wreaths, and the ambiance is enhanced with luminaries on Main Street, lighting the way for the evening procession. The Mirth and Glee Carolers, in period costume, provide music for the event, and on-lookers participate also in this touching Columbia Christmas tradition–singing Christmas carols by candlelight. The cast of characters includes Mary riding on a mule led by Joseph, angels, the three Wise Men, tax collector, Innkeeper, gold miners as shepherds, townspeople in 1850s costume, and of course, the baby Jesus. Columbia’s Las Posadas was created by the Harry Wright family of Columbia, and they are again the directors for this “magical” event.