Christmas in K-Dub means Las Posadas, a celebration of Hispanic culture with multi-cultural vendors in the year’s final Los Festivales y Mercados.
From 3-7 p.m. on Dec. 17 on Admiral Boulevard near the Lewis Avenue intersection, Posadas will feature live music and performances, more than 15 local vendors, a free kids’ zone and a piñata scavenger hunt through Kendall Whittier business.
“We hosted the first Las Posadas in 2021, and are so happy to see it growing this year,” said Jessica Jackson Seay, executive director of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “In addition to the entertainment and vendors, some businesses will stay open late and participate in a ‘find the piñata’ scavenger hunt.”
The event will kick off with carolers at 3 p.m. A bilingual storytime, hosted by Battlecreek Church, will follow beginning at 4:15 p.m. The holiday sounds of Eleganza Musical will close out the evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Vendors include an array of merchandise to finish off that holiday shopping, including handmade jewelry, macramé and fiber art, clay products, art and holiday décor and even clothing. Food and desserts will also be for sale.
A free kids’ zone will have games and activities for little ones thorough the event.
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.
Pancho Anaya Bakery will be handing out free hot cocoa and mini puerquitos in their bakery, 2420 E. Admiral Blvd.
Guests can also play a fun piñata scavenger hunt during the event. Nine Kendall Whittier businesses will hide mini piñatas in their businesses. When someone finds the piñata, they tell the merchant where it was and they’ll get a stamp on their scavenger hunt passport, which can be obtained for free at the Kendall Whittier Main Street booth.
Participating scavenger hunt businesses are Bar 473, Addis Ceramics, Anthousai Florals, Flash Flood Print Studios, Heirloom Rustic Ales, Jo and June Vintage, Pancho Anaya Bakery, Stemcell Science Shop and Whitty Books.
Completed cards must be turned into the KWMS booth before 7 p.m. One winner will be selected for a grand prize basket!
Los Festivales y Mercados series is hosted by Kendall Whittier Main Street and made possible because of presenting sponsors Fowler Automotive and the Lawyers of Kendall Whittier. CommunityCare is a supporting sponsor.
What Else is Going On In K-Dub?
December 17 is full of other events going on to support local makers, artists and musicians this holiday season.
Start off the day with the Tulsa Farmers’ Market from 8:30-12 p.m. at Admiral and Lewis. The regular winter market features food and goods from local farmers.
Head over to Cabin Boys Brewery, 1717 E. Admiral Blvd., for beer yoga with Be Love Yoga Studio. The $15 fee gets you the class and a beer. Beer Yoga starts at 11 a.m.
The KW Pop Up Crawl features 26 local makers set up in seven different businesses from 12-5 p.m. Participating businesses include Addis Ceramics, Anthousi, Flash Flood Print Studios, Heirloom Rustic Ales, Jo and June Vintage, Pancho Anaya Bakery and Whitty Books. For a full list of vendors, check out @kwpopupcrawl on Instagram.
From 3-7 p.m., Til Death Permanent Jewelry will have a pop up at Bar 473, 2224 E. Admiral Blvd.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., A Fivish Photo Exhibition takes place at The Studio, 2221 E. Admiral Blvd., with photos by Ryan Cass. Cass debuts his expansive portfolio of photography, with images captured between 2017-2022, including portraits, architecture and everything in between. The event runs until 9 p.m.
Close out the evening in Kendall Whittier at the Whittier Bar, 2405 E. Admiral Blvd., and Bar 473. Both locations are 21 and older.
At the Whittier Bar, enjoy live music as Urban Heat, Black Magnet and Strangers in Mirrors take the stage starting at 9 p.m. The event has a $10 cover.
At Bar 473, Superp Beats DJ will be spinning records starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover for this show.