One of the most important celebrations in Spain is Three Kings Day.
It comes along with many traditions and activities to do with the family, especially for the little ones. Marbella takes part in the festivities thanks to a town hall-created schedule of events for the last days of the Christmas break.
What is Three Kings Day?
This holiday is celebrated as the day the three wise men first saw baby Jesus. On this day in Spain, many children get their Christmas presents. Children leave their shoes out overnight waiting for a visit from the wise men. When they wake up in the morning, they will find that the Kings have left them gifts inside and near their shoes.
The Roscón de Reyes is a round shaped cake with a sweet, creamy filling inside and candied fruit adorning the top, it gives off the appearance of a jewelled crown. It has a small surprise hidden inside, as well as a bean. The exciting thing about this tradition is that the person who finds the surprise in his or her piece will have luck throughout the year (and gets to wear the kings crown), the one who finds the bean has to pay for the roscón the following year.
The famous Three Kings Parade takes place the night of the 5th of January and fills the streets with colour and joy, where gifts and sweets are handed out. They pass through different avenues of the city, it’s a must-see event.
Three Kings Day in Marbella
Marbella also joins the celebration with different activities that the Marbella Town Hall has planned in the agenda for our community.
- Tuesday 3rd January at 17.00 h. The Royal Postman of HM the Three Wise Men will receive all the children to collect their respective letters accompanied by a big children’s party in the gardens of the Nueva Andalucía Town Hall.
- Wednesday 4th January at 16.30 h. In Puerto Banús we can see the arrival of the boat and reception of HM Three Wise Men of the Orient. Afterwards, the streets of Nueva Andalucía and El Ángel will be visited in vintage cars. At 17.30 h. The Royal Postman of Their Majesties will receive all the children to collect their letters in the Avenida de las Palmeras del Ángel.
- Thursday 5th January at 11 a.m. Their Majesties of the Orient will visit the local hospitals and then start the parade through the streets of the town at 6 p.m. The route of the parade this year is as follows: Severo Ochoa Avenue (La Zambomba building), Ramón y Cajal Avenue, Ricardo Soriano Avenue and ends in Plaza Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra (Pirulí).
It is certainly an important celebration in Spain and Marbella has a perfect agenda for the family, join the celebration and don’t miss out on the activities.
Pure Living wishes you a Happy Three Kings Day!
Julie Cavro is the Marketing Director at Pure Living Properties. She is responsible for all multi-channel marketing actions in constant coordination with the other departments of the company with the sole objective of obtaining the best results for our clients.