The Three Kings arrive in the city!The focus of the first weekend in January is the arrival of Their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient in the city, just ahead of the Three Kings Parade 2019. As ever, magic and excitement fill the streets of Barcelona while as Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar make their way around the streets in their flamboyant floats accompanied by an entourage of fantastic creatures, royal messengers and pages.
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The Three Kings of the Orient return to Barcelona to share a very special celebration with the city’s young children. Their Majesties will be arriving at the Moll de la Fusta wharf at 4 pm on Saturday 5 January, on board the schooner Santa Eulàlia, accompanied by their helpers. The welcome ceremony takes place at the wharf and concludes with the Kings being handed the keys to the city so that they can access every home to leave presents and coal.
The main parade in the city starts at 6 pm and finishes at 9 pm. The procession will be headed by Senyor Hivern (Mr.Winter), the Gran Llibre de les Petites Coses (Big Book of Little Things) and the rest of Barcelona’s Christmas characters. Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar will be accompanied by fantastic creatures, the pages Estel and Gregori, royal messengers, with royal floats brimming with sweets, presents and several kilos of coal.
This year’s parade has two new floats, the one for King Gaspar and the sleep float, inspired by the sleep and dreams of Morpheus and inviting children to get to bed early. Two new inflatable characters will also be involved, Celeste and Celestin, forming part of the entourage collecting dummies from young children giving them up, and a giant coal float bringing up the rear of the parade.
The parade sets off from Av. Marquès de l’Argentera, near the Santa Maria del Mar church, before passing through Pla de Palau, Pg. Isabel II, Via Laietana, Pl. Urquinaona, Pl. Universitat, Rda. Sant Antoni, Av. Paral·lel and ending in Av. Reina Maria Cristina and Av. Rius i Taulet. For more information click here.
Various city districts and neighbourhoods are also holding their own parades, eighteen of them in all. They are:
Districts of Les Corts and Sants-Montjuïc:
- Sants – Les Corts: the Three Kings will be greeted in Pl. Comes at 5 pm and set off towards Sants an hour later.
- La Marina: the parade starts at 6 pm in Pl. Matemàtiques. The Diables del Port fire group will be involved and there will be a fireworks display.
District of Sarrià – Sant Gervasi:
- Sant Gervasi: starting in Pl. Bonanova at 8.30 pm and finishing at the Mercat de Galvany.
- Sarrià: the Three Kings will be welcomed at 6 pm. The parade starts at 7 pm at the Escola de les Salesianes.
District of Horta-Guinardó:
- Horta-Guinardó: starting at 6 pm and going through various neighbourhoods in the district, such as El Carmel, Horta, Font d’en Fargues and El Guinardó.
- Sant Genís dels Agudells: starting at 6 pm in Pl. Font del Roure, with hot chocolate for everybody.
- La Teixonera: starting at 7 pm from the Centre Cívic Teixonera and ending in the same place.
- Montbau: starting at 6 pm in C/ Arquitectura.
District of Nou Barris:
- Nou Barris: the Three Kings arrive by train, reaching the Torre Baró station at 5.30 pm, being welcomed afterwards in Plaça Major de Nou Barris. The parade starts in Via Favència at 7.15 pm.
District of Sant Andreu:
- Bon Pastor: starting at 6 pm in C/ Sao Paulo and ending in Pl. Robert Gerhard.
- Congrés-Indians: starting at 6 pm from the Centre Cívic Can Clariana Cultura and ending in Pl. Congrés.
- Trinitat Vella: starting at 6 pm in the Parc de la Casa de les Aigües.
- Sant Andreu and La Sagrera: Their Majesties arrive by train in Pl. Estació at 5.15 pm. The parade sets off from Pl. Massadas and concludes with a hot chocolate fest and the royal speeches.
- Baró de Viver: starting at 6 pm from the Centre Cívic Baró de Viver.
District of Sant Martí:
- Navas, Clot and Camp de l’Arpa: setting off from Pl. Ferran Reyes at 6.45 pm and ending two hours later in Pl. Mercat del Clot.
- Poblenou: from 6 pm to 8 pm, setting off from C/ Bilbao and ending at Can Saladrigas.
- El Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou: the parade starts at 6 pm in C/ Wellington and ends in the small square in Carretera Antiga de Mataró.
- La Verneda and La Pau i El Besòs i El Maresme: starting at 5 pm in Pl. Leopoldo da Vinci and ending in Pl. Palmera.
Three Kings activities and fairs
Other districts organise activities on 4 January relating to Three Kings Day. One example is Gràcia, where the traditional royal messengers parade marks its tenth anniversary and sets off at 6 pm. Check out all the activities relating to the Three Kings festivities here.
At the same time, traditional fairs at different locations around the city are open until the night of 5 January. These include the Sant Tomàs and Three Kings Fair in Gran Via, the Christmas and Three Kings Fair under the canopy in Via Júlia and the Three Kings Fair in Gràcia. These fairs will remain open until the night before Three Kings Day, offering ideas and excitement for a night full of magic, mystery and anticipation for young children and those who are older too.