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Celebrating the Three Kings on the Costa Blanca Spain

2 Jan 2024

When we think of iconic Spanish celebrations, the Day of the Three Kings “Dia de los Reyes” stands out as one of the most significant parts of the Christmas festivities in Spain. Twinkling lights, the scent of roasted chestnuts, and the joyful laughter of children fill the streets during the festive season of the Three Kings.

At Select Villas, we believe that understanding and immersing yourself in local traditions adds a magical touch to your Spanish experience. So, let's delve into the enchanting world of the Three Kings and discover how the Costa Blanca region celebrates this festive fiesta.

Who are the Three Kings?

The Three Kings, or 'The Three Wise Men' story traces back to the biblical story when three wise men, guided by a star, journeyed from the East to Bethlehem to worship the newborn Jesus. In Spanish tradition, they are known as Melchior (Arabia), Caspar (the Orient) and Balthazar (Africa). These kings symbolize generosity, faith and hope, and their arrival is celebrated with fervour and joy. Spanish towns and cities put on wonderful colourful street parades with traditional costumes, and even live animals are included, so look out for a surprise Animal sometimes a Camel, even an elephant.

A Celebration Full of Traditions on the Costa Blanca

The Day of the Three Kings, or 'Three Kings' Day,' is celebrated on January 6th, marking the biblical journey of the Three Kings to Bethlehem. In Spain, this day is awaited with the same anticipation as Christmas Day, especially by the little ones eagerly awaiting their gifts. The preparation begins with children writing a letter to the Three Kings, with a list of presents they would like them to bring. They give their letter to the emissaries that visit between Christmas & New Year.

The Three Kings Parade

On January 5th, the main cities and towns of the Costa Blanca come alive with colour and music with the impressive Three Kings parades. Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar parade through the streets on elaborate floats, throwing handful of sweets and small gifts to the excited children awaiting them.

The Burning of the Axes

One of the most unique traditions is the "burning of the axes." This ceremony represents purification and renewal of the spirit, symbolizing letting go of the negative energies of the past year and welcoming new opportunities and hopes for the coming year.

Families gather in squares and public spaces to watch these wooden axes burn, often accompanied by dances, music and traditional chants. It's a moment that unites the community and pays homage to ancient traditions while looking forward optimistically.

The Night of the Three Kings

The night of January 5th, known as the Night of the Three Kings, is magical in many homes. Families come together to share a special dinner and enjoy the excitement of the upcoming visit from the Three Kings. The three kings or wise men perform the same role as Santa Claus at Christmas, so on the evening of the 5th children are supposed to leave a cleaned pair of shoes outside their doors for the nocturnal visitors to fill with gifts. Some also engage in activities like making a Three Kings' crown and preparing snacks for the Three Kings and their camels.

“Roscón de Reyes”

Gastronomy plays a fundamental role in these festivities. The 'Roscón de Reyes,' a sweet brioche in the shape of a ring adorned with candied fruits, takes centre stage for the snack on January 6th, accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate. Inside this delicious dessert hides a surprise: a figurine and a bean. According to tradition, whoever finds the figurine will be crowned king or queen for a day, while the one who finds the bean will have to pay for the Roscón the following year! That might not be such a bad thing though, as some bakeries have been known to bake diamonds and cheques worth thousands of euros into the cakes, as well as mini monarchs and beans.

The Living Nativity Scene

In various towns of the Costa Blanca, the living nativity scene is recreated, a theatrical representation that tells the story of Jesus' birth. This event, with live actors, offers families and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the biblical story, recalling the true meaning of Christmas and the Three Kings.

Experience the Magic on the Costa Blanca

At Select Villas, we encourage you to discover the authentic essence of the Three Kings festivities that are going on around the Costa Blanca North region. It's a time for families to come together, share special meals, and celebrate the joyous occasion.

Get ready for a unique experience full of magic, tradition and joy, where ancient legends intertwine with modern life, creating unforgettable memories for all!

Here are just some of the local processions. For further information and to check details visit your local Tourist information.


Moraira/Teulada Three Kings Fiesta 2024

The Three Kings fiesta and parade is the highlight of Christmas celebrations in Moraira.

5 January

17:30 Arrival of The Three Kings. Entrance of the Magi by the Beach of l'Ampolla, followed by a traditional parade through the streets to the Plaza de la Iglesia. Re-enactment of the Epiphany.

18:30 The Three Kings arrive in Teulada in Avenida de las Palmas.

6 January

11:00 Mass of the Three Kings Day – Church “Ntrsa Sra. De Los Desamparados” Moraira

12:000 Mass of the Three Kings Dat- Santa Catalina Church Teulada

Calpe Three Kings Fiesta

16:30 Arrival of The Three Kings, the parade will depart from Plaza Colón at 18:00, taking the following route: Avenida Gabriel Miró, Plaza Constitución, Avenida de Ifach, Calle Justicia, Calle Benissa, Calle Mayor, Calle Vicente Gallart, Plaza de la Villa. At the end The Kings will distribute gifts in the Plaza de la Villa.

Javea Three Kings Fiesta

5 January

10:30 to 13:30 - at the Paseo Maritimo at Javea Port, the families and young children can enjoy entertainment with children’s activities and storytellers.

17:00 Arrival of The Three Kings by boat at port of Javea. They will greet children and then take part in a parade through the streets of Javea until 19:00. Next, they will head towards the Historic Town Centre and to the Avenida de Jaime I where they meet all the families.

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