Plus a Pop Up Crawl and Farmers’ Market brings full day of fun and shopping to KW

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Kendall Whittier is observing Christmas this year with a cultural celebration and brand new event: Las Posadas on Dec. 18 from 4-7 p.m. in the historic Whittier Square area.

Las Posadas is part of Kendall Whittier Main Street’s Los Festivales y Mercados cultural series.

Las Posadas is a Mexican and Latin American Christmas event that centers around the Nativity story as Mary and Joseph seek shelter on Christmas Eve. Attendees at traditional Las Posadas events often visit a place to “seek shelter” and are given a small gift and turned away.

“In Kendall Whittier, some businesses will stay open late and greet guests with small gifts and tokens, such as free hot cocoa or a snack,” said Jessica Jackson Seay, executive director of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “Outside, we’ll have live performances, food and Mercado vendors.”

The event runs from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, December 18. Tulsa Opera will perform Christmas Carols on the stage from 4:30-5 p.m. At 5:30, the Tulsa Honor Academy Ballet Folklórico dance group will perform a 45-minute set of traditional Mexican dances.

About 10 vendors will be selling goods and food during the event as well. St. Francis Xavier Church will have their ever-popular tamales by donation only.

“We are thrilled the bring back some of our Mercado vendors to sell handcrafted jewelry, clothing and delicious foods,” Jackson Seay said.

There will also be a free small Kids Zone with yard games and activities for little ones.

Admiral Boulevard will be shut down from Lewis to the parking lot next to Flash Flood Print Studios. Parking will be available in the Whittier Square parking lot.

Participating businesses include Pancho Anaya Bakery, the Lawyers of Kendall Whittier, Anthousai and She Brews Coffee House.

Los Festivales y Mercados: Las Posadas is sponsored by Fowler Automotive, the Lawyers of Kendall Whittier and Tulsa Farmers’ Market.

A full day of events

Las Posadas isn’t the only thing happening in Kendall Whittier on Saturday.

“December 18 will be a busy one in Kendall Whittier,” said Jackson Seay. “With the Tulsa Farmers’ Market at 8:30 a.m., the Holiday Pop Up Crawl all afternoon and ending with Las Posadas, there will be vendors, food and activity in the area all day.”

The Tulsa Farmers’ Market runs from 8:30 until noon. With 30 vendors, it provides a chance for people to come to get food for their holiday meals or purchase Made in Oklahoma one-of-a-kind items.

From 12-5 p.m., the Kendall Whittier Holiday Pop Up Crawl includes more than 40 local vendors set up in eight locations along Admiral Boulevard. Participating Pop Up Crawl businesses include Flash Flood Print Studios, Jo & June Vintage, Anthousai, Whitty Books (both old and new locations!), The Studio, The Makerage and Heirloom Rustic Ales.

Admiral Boulevard east of Lewis will remain closed to traffic throughout the day. The Smoke Boss will be serving up barbecue from 12-5 p.m. along the street, and tables and chairs (and heaters) will be available to enjoy outdoor dining.

“And then Las Posadas will take over from 4-7 p.m.,” Jackson Seay said. “You’ll really be able to spend all day – and get all your holiday shopping done – in Kendall Whittier on Saturday!”

Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. KWMS is a 2020 Great American Main Street Award winner and an Oklahoma Certified Cultural District.

For more information about the Kendall Whittier Main Street, please call or text 918-633-1934 or email info@visitkendallwhittier.com.

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