By Ryan Montes
[Editors Note: I like to watch old movies, black and white films set in the 40s and 50s. Films that take us all back to a simpler time when communities would band together and celebrate the holidays. Once again, San Elizario has just such a celebration with the 2019 Luminaria Festival and Posada Celebration hosted by the San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society.]
What’s a better way to welcome in the first day of winter than with a beautiful luminaria festival and posadas celebration at the San Elizario presidio and placita? There probably isn’t any other way. That was the scene Saturday night as people were bracing the extremely frigid weather by taking photos of the beautiful luminarias that lined up the church’s stairway and surrounding areas of the church, followed by the sidewalks around the placita area and gathered round for other events there. From laughs to talking to Christmas music, the heart of San Elizario was in the full, Christmas spirit.
Vendors were also out in full force and were selling either food or merchandise to the people walking around. The duration of the event was from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM with lots of fun fit in that time span.
This is an event that has been held in the city of San Elizario since 2014, with a high amount of attendance every year. A reenactment of the Nativity was also part of this event. Donated bicycles are raffled off to little boys and girls as an early Christmas gift if their raffle number is called. The smile on their faces as they ride around on their new bicycles in the cold weather is priceless. To close out the event, the kids are then given the opportunity to whack a pinata to let out any leftover energy before they head home with their parents and some candy. All in all, it was a wonderful night in San Elizario.