Christmas festivities & The Three Kings parade
While much of Europe will be winding down after Christmas, Spain’s festivities are still in full swing. If you haven’t had the chance to visit a Christmas market this year, there’s still time. Many Christmas markets will be open until Sunday, January 6th in Mallorca. Palma, Sóller, Andratx, Manacor, Puerto Portals and Port Adriano’s Christmas fairs are just a few to choose from. What better way is there to prolong the festive spirit than indulging in one more glass of mulled wine surrounded by Christmas stalls and music?
To end the twelve days of Christmas, on the eve of the Epiphany on January 6th, Palma and various towns and villages across Mallorca and the rest of Spain host the annual ‘Three Kings Parade’ as a tribute to the three wise men who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. The capital, Palma, hosts the biggest and best celebrations, which means people travel from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the three kings and their magnificent floats travelling through the streets of the city. Many other towns and villages put on their own rendition of the spectacle so, wherever you are, you are likely to come across one on January 5th! If you get close enough, you will manage to catch one of the millions of sweets being thrown into the crowds throughout the parade.