Even though Spaniards celebrate Christmas, Santa Claus is not the one who brings children their gifts. It’s Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar, the Three Kings who leave the presents. The arrival of the Three Wise Men (Los Reyes Magos) is a spectacular parade with sweets and treats and lots of people so you should definitely join it! It’s also a perfect time to taste the ring-shaped cake called Roscón de Reyes. Inside there are two things hidden for everyone to find. One is a fava bean – whoever finds this is said to buy the Roscón the following year. The second is a toy – whoever finds this is king or queen for the day!
The Three Kings Parade! The Three Kings will come to Valencia by sea, landing at 5pm at the Valencia Marina. They will begin their traditional parade at 6pm in Paseo de la Alameda, passing through the streets of the city center until they arrive at the City Hall. After the Parade is over, the Three Kings will address the children from the City Hall Balcony. The procession will finish with a big musical show and lots of fireworks. The Three Kings parade in 2020 will be connected with the topic of ecology, environment and sustainability.
El Mercado de Reyes del Cabanyal is the traditional marketplace for this holiday and is open from January 3rd to the morning of January 6th. On January 5th, it stays open all night long until dawn of the next day. In this market you can find all kinds of gifts with more than 200 stands to choose from!
Enjoy this special event and watch the parade or go to the market to experience the Valencian Christmas spirit!