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Three Kings’ Day


Three Kings’ Day is on 6 January every year and it celebrates Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior’s arrival in Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus. In Spain, this day is celebrated by the giving of gifts and it is just as important as Christmas Day.

Next Three Kings’ Day: 6 January 2018

The three kings arrive by boat at the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella at lunchtime on 5 January to be greeted by the mayor of Marbella. They are then driven through the streets of Marbella in open top cars to the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) in the old town. There is always a huge crowd of people to welcome them and the three kings throw sweets to the children who have come along to see them.

On the evening of 5 January, there is a themed procession along the Avenida Ricardo Soriano in Marbella with the three kings as the main attraction. There is always a huge number of floats in the procession and the people of Marbella line the streets along the chosen route to see the spectacle. The atmosphere is amazing!

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Traditionally in Spain, children expect presents to be left for them on the evening of the 5 January – unlike northern Europe where Santa Claus arrives on Christmas Eve. Today however, Spanish children expect gifts on Christmas Day and Three Kings Day – which is a little hard on the parents! It is also a day when a special cake called Rosca de Reyes is eaten – a ring shaped pastry covered in sugar and fruit sweets.

Wherever you live or visit in Spain, whether it be in an isolated village or a suburban town or city, there will almost certainly be some sort of procession to celebrate the arrival of the three kings.

Don’t miss it!!!

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Three Kings procession in Marbella 2016
On the evening of 5 January, everyone headed for Avenida Ricardo Soriano (the main street in Marbella) to see the anual Three Kings parade …

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Three Kings arrive in Marbella 2015
On 5 January, a large crowd gathered in Marbella’s Puerto Deportivo to welcome the arrival of the Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar) who were due to arrive by sea just after midday …

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Three Kings arrive in Marbella 2016
On 5 January, a large crowd gathered in Marbella’s Puerto Deportivo to welcome the arrival of the Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar) who were due to arrive by sea just after midday …

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Three Kings procession in Marbella 2015
This year’s Three Kings Parade in Marbella took place as usual on 5 January. Here are some images from the parade …

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Three Kings’ Day