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Meet the Three Kings in Valencia

Enjoy a Spanish gift-giving tradition if you're in Valencia at the beginning of January, with special Kings' Day celebrations known locally as Las Fiestas de Reyes.

In Spain, children receive most of their Christmas season gifts from the Three Kings on the night of 5 January - also known as Twelfth Night in English - when the wise men from the story of the birth of Jesus parade through the streets delivering presents, the evening before the official Kings' Day holiday on 6 January.

You can meet the Three Kings early in Valencia, as they arrive by boat to the city marina at 4:30pm. Or see them later as they start their magical parade at 6pm from the zone of Alameda and head through city streets to City Hall square, where they'll arrive around 8:30pm, accompanied by music and entertainment.

At the square they will greet children from the balcony of City Hall and there will lots of family activities and a firework and musical display.

From 3 to 6 January you can also visit the Kings' Market in the Cabanyal neighbourhood, not far from the city seafront. Undoubtedly one of the city's best festive markets, you'll find hundreds of stalls selling sweets, treats, crafts, paintings, games, jewellery and fashion accessories.

Find the market on the streets of Marino Sirera and Vicente Brull, open each day from 9am to 10pm, apart from 5 January when it will close at 5pm.

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