If you see a gaggle of kids singing carols at the various storefronts that line lower 24th Street in the Mission this evening then you ran into Posadas. And, no, I don’t mean Jorge Posada famed Yankees catcher – I’m referring to Las Posadas, a Latin American celebration during the nine days preceding Christmas.

Basically, it’s a reenactment of the The Nativity. It’s nine-day celebration with origins in Spain that is celebrated mostly in Mexico and Guatemala…and now on 24th Street!

According to the event organizers:

Children and adults will proceed down lower 24th Street, singing traditional Christmas songs and visiting local merchants along the route. People of all cultures are welcome to come and participate; song lyrics will be provided, along with candles and sparklers for the procession. 5:45 — Gather at the corner of 24th and Capp Streets. 6:00 — Procession begins. 7:00 — Community celebration at the Brava Theater (2781 24th Street, at the corner of York Street) with free food and drink, music, and piñatas for the kids.

For more information, go here.