Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos in Barcelona 2021: Itinerary and Interesting Facts

Like in many cities in Spain, the culmination of the Christmas festivities in Barcelona is the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, the procession of the three kings. January 5th is a day set aside well ahead of time. And that same night, after the procession, the three kings will come to each home laden with gifts. At our boutique hotel in Barcelona centre we encourage you not to miss this event, as exciting for adults as it is for kids.

 In 2020, January 5th falls on a Sunday, so children are in luck: they won’t have to go to school on Monday. It’s a day full of excitement, as the Christmas season is just about to come to an end.

The Route of the Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Barcelona 2020

After a long journey from the East, the three kings are expected to arrive as usual at 16:30 at Port Vell. The Barcelona port will be packed. No one wants to miss seeing Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltasar arrive on their boat. They will be received, as is their due, by the mayor of the city, surrounded by much anticipation for what is about to happen.

Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos in Barcelona 2020 - Hotel Blog Barcelona

Generally, the oficial Cabalgata de Reyes in Barcelona begins at about 18:00 on Marquès d’Argentera, then moves on to Vía Laietana, and finally follows Sepúlveda street until they finish up at Avenida de María Cristina. The route takes about three hours.

Characters who accompany the Reyes Magos

The Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos is always an explosion of color and fun, and of course 2020 will be no exception. Gaspar, Melchor, and Baltasar are always dressed in their finest, and they have a lot of fun passing out pieces of candy to the crowd by the thousands.

The three kings never come alone. They’re accompanied by friendly characters like the famous Royal Postmen, the pageboy Gregori, and the pagegirl Estel. Best of all, every year has something new. For example, during the 2019 procession they were joined by the friendly xumeters, in charge of collecting pacifiers from kids who no longer need them. The Cabalgata del Dormir (Sleep Parade) and Señor Invierno (Mr. Winter) also made their debuts last year.

What will be new for 2020? The only way to find out is to come to Barcelona.


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