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La Posada

DATE: Dec. 17
TIME: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
PRICE: Members: Adult $34.95, Youth $14.95 | General Admission: $39.95, Youth: $16.95

The Mexican holiday tradition of La Posada returns this holiday season. Guests can enjoy singing processions, traditional Mexican food and drinks, as well as the breaking of piñatas for children.

Las Posadas are a Mexican religious tradition celebrated nine days leading up to Christmas. The festivities reenact Mary and Joseph’s quest for shelter in Bethlehem. Participants, often dressed in costumes, sing traditional songs, visit neighboring homes, and ask for shelter until a household symbolically welcomes them with open arms. Once inside the home, people celebrate with delicious food, lively music, the breaking of piñatas, and the distribution of aguinaldos, which are candy bags in Spanish, especially for children.

Plus, experience Fernando Botero: El Maestro in the Garden and in Dorrance Hall, where a harmony of color and beauty come together in paintings, drawings and monumental sculpture.

For entertainment schedule, click here.


  • Tres Souls 
    For the last decade Los Angeles based trio Tres Souls starring Rocio Mendoza, Roberto Carlos and Jesus Martinez have serenaded audiences in California and beyond. With their own interpretations of a genre called “Bolero,” they relive the vintage sounds and songs of the 40s-60s, stylized during the Golden Era of Mexican Cinema.
  • The Kings Carolers
  • Mariachi Rubor
  • Herencia Mexicana
  • Cachito Dance Company
  • Valley View Eagle

Know Before You Go

  • Please enter at your ticketed time. Advance reservations are required and entry times have limited capacity. The last guest admission is 8:30 p.m.
  • Parking is complimentary. Please allow extra time to park and enter at your designated time.
  • Food and beverage options available for purchase. Advanced reservations are recommended for Gertrude’s restaurant.
  • Bars offering a variety of holiday drinks are available throughout the Garden and accept debit and credit only.
  • Garden Shop is open until 10 p.m. Members receive a 10% discount upon presentation of a valid Membership card at checkout.
  • Electric scooters and wheelchairs can be rented at the SRP Visitor Center on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Click here to see La Posada menu.
  • Click here to see Gertrude’s menu.
  • Click here to see weather cancelation policy.


Fernando Botero: El Maestro

Oct. 7 - March 31

Harmony of color and beauty of form come together in this exhibition of paintings, drawings and monumental sculpture celebrating the visionary Colombian artist, Fernando Botero.

Dog Days at the Garden

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | April 6, 13, 27 | May 4, 11

Enjoy a weekend excursion with your four-legged friend through the Garden’s trails. A paw-fect place to enjoy the outdoors together with some great photo opps.

Cactus Clubhouse

Oct. 1 - May 12 | Thursday - Sunday | 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cactus Clubhouse has relocated as the Garden is growing and under construction. Please visit us in our new location in the Weisz Academic Bulding. In this temporary space, kids encounter several activity areas designed to spark independent play, while encouraging physical, cognitive and behavioral growth.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!