During Las Posadas a group of carolers walk through the Quad as the trees are lit with lights in the background.

During Lafayette’s first celebration of “Las Posadas,” students, faculty, staff, and neighbors were invited to gather together for a festive night of caroling through campus that ended with a stop at the President’s House.

Participants learned about the history and significance of Las Posadas, practiced holiday songs in Spanish, and carried musical instruments or battery-operated candles as they strolled through campus. 

I wanted to host this event because I wanted to bring some joy to the end of the semester, especially in these troubling times, and celebrate a Latin American tradition of hope and hospitality,” says Katie Stafford, associate professor of languages and literary studies. “Singing together can be a really beautiful act, and very fun too!”

All were welcome at the Dec. 7 event, which was sponsored by the President’s Office, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Hispanic Society of Lafayette, and Languages and Literary Studies Department. Jaidan Marano ’25 provided guitar accompaniment.

At Skillman Library, the group sang for students studying for finals. In the Dyer Center, the group serenaded those working on projects. The group even caroled in the middle of Farinon Atrium before making its way to the President’s House. President Nicole Hurd welcomed the group inside and offered holiday treats and cocoa for the carolers.

“The tradition of Las Posadas is one of showing hospitality to your neighbors, so it was especially fitting that we ended at President Hurd’s house and were welcomed into her home as our final stop of the evening,” says College Chaplain Alex Hendrickson. “I hope this will be an ongoing tradition at Lafayette.”