December 13, 2002

Holiday in the Park 2002 at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will host its fourteenth annual Holiday in The Park celebration on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, 2002, from 5:30-9:00 p.m. The event focuses on how San Diegans celebrated the holidays during the late Mexican to early American periods, 1840’s and 50’s. The park will be adorned with luminarias and other historical holiday decorations.

Once a year Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and community businesses host this open house. Holiday singers and musical entertainment will circulate throughout the Park to spread the feeling of the season. There is a rare chance for visitors to experience night walking tours of Old Town museums by lantern-light for only $5 -as a fund-raiser for Boosters of Old Town. Visitors will have an opportunity to view park volunteers during this tour in period clothing depicting holiday activities in the house museums. Tours are given every half-hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. Lead docent Jan Peet exclaims that “the living history in the museums will be even more entertainment and the tour ends with delicious holiday treats behind the original Commercial Restaurant museum.”

Other free activities and entertainment include one nightly performance of La Pastorela (an historic nativity play), music groups, and a free 1869 newspaper at the San Diego Union building. State Park merchants will offer complimentary holiday treats. Food and refreshments will be available for sale. La Pastorela is an historic nativity play written by Juan Bandini’s son, Arturo Bandini. The play tells the mischievous story of the evil Luzbel and his attempts to stop the shepard’s trek to Bethlehem. The Pastorela will be performed at 8 p.m.

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