We’re very lucky in Spain, because our Christmas period doesn’t end after Boxing Day, in fact the fun goes on until 6th January! Here the evening of the 24th is the time to celebrate Christmas, and small gifts are given on 25th, but the big deal is the coming of the Three Kings on the night of 5th January.
The Kings are welcomed into town with big parades on the 5th January and the family comes together to celebrate. 6th January is a national holiday and everyone gives and receives presents and spends time at home celebrating and also trying out presents along the promenade or in the park.
The Three Kings parades are amazing and every town has their own. Malaga is the biggest and most lavish, and the strangest one we’ve seen is the Three Kings skiing down the runs at the nearby Sierra Nevada ski resort!
We’re lucky at The Urban Villa as we can pop down the hill to one of the area’s best parades in the lovely town of Marbella. Everyone is welcome to join the fun, so head down to Marbella in the late afternoon and see the nativity scenes or “Belens” and have a drink in one of the squares.
Top Tip – Pop into the tourist office to grab a Christmas programme which will show you the route, plus what’s going on. This often contains a route of Belens which can be a great way to explore the town.
Then have a look at the main road Ricardo Soriano and see if you can find yourself a bar or a café on the route with tables outside, this will allow you to enjoy all the fun in comfort. You need to find a spot early as people start to line the route and take up the best places quickly, so having a table, refreshments close at hand and access to a loo makes it a much better experience.
The parades themselves are magical, especially with kids, and normally have 5-10 floats with favourite Disney characters, followed by the kings on their thrones. There’s also always at least one marching band and music and the most important bit for kids (big and small) is that everyone throws sweets off the floats to the waiting crowds. If you’re there with kids, a little bucket or bag is recommended, and you’ll see some advanced sweet collectors using an umbrella turned upside-down to catch as many as possible. It’s pretty chaotic and be ready for a few boiled sweets hitting you on the head, but it’s loads of fun.
After the parade finishes, join the throngs of people heading into the Old Town for tapas and drinks in the pretty streets decked with twinkling lights and buzzing with life. This is a wonderful Spanish tradition that they are happy to share with visitors, so come and join the fun.
The Urban Villa is the perfect base for a short break in Marbella to meet the Three Kings. Our small luxury hotel is within easy reach of all the excitement in Marbella, but tucked away in stunning countryside for peace and tranquillity. We have a roaring fire in the lounge, 5 individually designed suites to call home and our stunning terraces make the most of our breath-taking views.
Happy Christmas from all the team at The Urban Villa!
We hope you’ll come and celebrate Three Kings with us, it’s not too late to book a cheeky short break!
Or if you’re looking for something different for January, come and join our Yoga retreat in Marbella from 30th January.