Parade of Their Majesties the Magi
- With Children
It’s the most magical night of the year, thanks to Their Majesties the Magi of the East.
Metro: L4 (Yellow), Barceloneta
Weeks in advance of their arrival, children have sent their letters and special requests to Their Majesties the Magi, and finally, on the 5th of January, they’ll have the opportunity to see them in the flesh, during Barcelona’s annual parade, a tradition the city has held since 1940.
Each child has their own favorite king, to whom their letter is addressed:
- Melchior: the king with a white beard, who brought myrrh
- Caspar: the king with a blonde or red beard, who brought incense
- Balthazar: the black king who brought gold
After a long sea voyage from the Far East, Their Majesties Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar will arrive in the city around 4:30 pm, docking at the Moll de la Fusta aboard the schooner Santa Eulàlia. There, they will be received by the mayor of Barcelona, who will give them the keys to the city so that they can, for one special night only, open all the doors to the city’s homes and deliver gifts to the children who have been good all year.
Act Two begins around 6:00 pm, with the kick-off of the Parade of the Magi, and its phenomenal profession of fantastical beasts and persons. And just to make sure nobody misses the spectacle of the Magi’s trek through the city, the Eastern Star and its page Estel will guide the entire five-kilometer course. That’s how the most magical night of the year begins!
The magnificently decorated carriages capture all the magic and wonder of this special tradition. Also accompanying them are their impressive sequence of royal pages, on hand to receive all last-minute letters with Christmas wishes, as well as the carriage of coal, with confectioners who will toss up to 15,000 kilos of sweets and candies, including gluten-free treats for those with dietary restrictions.
The three-hour parade will pass through all of Barcelona’s main thoroughfares: Avenida Marquès de l’Argentera, Pla de Palau, Paseo Isabel II, Vía Laietana, Plaza Urquinaona, Fontanella, Plaza Catalunya, Pelai, Plaza Universitat, Ronda Sant Antoni, Sepúlveda, and Avenida Paral·lel, finally arriving at Avenida Reina Maria Cristina, at the Magical Fountain of Montjuïc at around 9:00 pm.
In addition to the main parade, the neighborhoods of Sant Andreu, Horta, Les Corts, Sant Martí, Sants or Sarrià will be hosting their own celebrations. Meanwhile, other parades will be marching through the towns of Badalona, Hospitalet, Sant Adrià del Besós and Santa Coloma de Gramanet.
And for last minute gifts…
Don’t forget that if you need to pick up a last-minute present, or simply want to take a stroll after the parade wraps up, you can visit the Fire de Reis, fully equipped since 1877 with 200 stalls right on the Gran Via, between Muntaner and Calabria, and open that night until 3:00!