Children in many countries around Europe will feel envious when they hear that for Spanish kids, Christmas is still going on and creating magic until the 6th January each year. Unlike their counterparts in other nations, youngsters in Spain receive their main presents almost a week after the New Year has arrived and they will still be eating sweets, with their parents’ full permission.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are both celebrated in Spain as they are in most towns and cities across the world: with parties, family dinners, warm embraces and resolutions. Marbella and its neighbouring resorts will enjoy NYE countdowns to midnight and incredible firework displays, while the 1st January is normally spent with loved ones, eating sumptuous food and making toasts with sparkling cava or champagne.
However, the happy times do not conclude there for families in Spain, as they then start preparing for the main celebrations that are centred around the story of the Three Kings arriving in Bethlehem to visit the baby Jesus. This holiday is marked with the exchange of presents and exciting town parades, and there will be many fun activities to watch and experience in Marbella in 2019!
Look out for the following events & traditions in Marbella!
The three kings arriving by boat!
The three wise men will arrive in Marbella by water at the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella at lunchtime on the 5th January. The ‘royal’ contingent will be ceremoniously greeted by the town’s mayor, seated in open top cars and then driven to the Town Hall in Marbella’s historic centre.
King’s Day Eve
During the night before the big day, a special parade will take place along Avenida Ricardo Soriano in town with the Three Kings taking centre stage amongst a large flamboyant procession of floats.
Sweets & Cakes!
Every child’s Christmas holiday should be full of sweets and cake, and Spanish children are no exception to the rule. It is traditional for the Three Kings to throw boiled sweets during the parade for youngsters to collect—a fun tradition that requires a careful aim and some ducking! In addition, Christmas in Spain in early January would not be the same without Rosca de Reyes, a ring-shaped cake covered with coloured confectionary that is enjoyed by the whole family.
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