They arrive by boat, helicopter or carriage, but always on the back of their inseparable camels, the Three Kings complete their preparations to reach the millions of Spanish houses of children who have been good.
Although they have a great competition with Santa Claus and another endearing Christmas characters, such as the Navarre Olentzero, in Spain and in many Latin American countries the tradition is focused on the Three Kings of the East. Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar, also known as the biblical Magi or the Three Wise Men, were three distinguished foreigners of Eastern origin who visited Baby Jesus after his birth. Legend says that they gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh as a sign of adoration. Today they are figures of the nativity celebrations of Christmas with centuries of Christian tradition.
Since then, every 5th of January these three powerful wizards prepare to visit the streets of all the towns to greet the good children and throw candy and sweets from their floats laden with their gifts. Thus, during their cavalcade they present their joyful entourage, formed by pages, dancers, musicians, acrobats, shepherds and other characters beloved by the children, as the protagonists of their favorite cartoons, dragons or giants.
If you want to receive their Majesties, you can go to see them from 17:00 p.m. in most of the towns and cities of Spain, including those of the Costa Blanca, but of course. After their endearing proclamation from the town halls and a light show with fireworks, they will say goodbye to the children briefly to undertake their titanic task of distributing gifts, visiting millions of Spanish houses in a single night. Remember to leave with your shoes a few glasses of liquor with cookies and fresh grass for their camels, so that they can continue distributing joy with enthusiasm and energy throughout the night.
At dawn on the 6th of January, your shoes will appear loaded with the most lavish gifts that the Three Wise Men bring from the East. This day is a holiday throughout Spain and it is a tradition to have the typical ‘Roscón de Reyes’ with hot chocolate as breakfast. It is a ring-shaped cake decorated with crystallized sugar and candied fruit, sometimes filled with cream or chocolate. It is usually hidden a small surprise in it, so be careful with your teeth if you are the lucky one who wins the piece with the figurine. Some of them also contain a bean, and it is often said that whoever be the lucky winner of this piece of ‘Roscón de Reyes’ will have to pay for the sweet bun.
On the Costa Blanca you can go to some of the parades, such as Dénia. At 18:00 hours, the cavalcade of the Three Kings will begin, starting at the port and crossing the Marqués de Campo and Diana streets to the Constitución Square. In Jávea, the party starts at 5:00 p.m., when the Kings arrive at the port and will walk through Aduanas streets until Jaume I avenue, where they will receive all the children. At 7:00 p.m. the Kings will go to the historic center, making the cavalcade to the Convent Square. On the other hand, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar arrive by boat at the port of the city of Valencia at around 4:30 p.m. At 18:00 they will begin the tour of the cavalcade, which starts from the Alameda promenade arriving at the Town Hall Square, where the Kings go up to the balcony on a firefighters staircase. Around 8:00 p.m. they will give their proclamation, perform the adoration of Baby Jesus and they will greet the Valencian children —and those that are not so young— from above, and then the Three Kings will receive the children they want in the Crystals Room of the Town Hall. But how can they do all this at the same time? The answer is really simple: they are magicians.