Although Father Christmas does visit Spanish children, he’s a new arrival. Traditionally the presents arrive on the morning of January 6th, when the three kings visit baby Jesus. This is why the sales haven’t really started yet – Christmas isn’t over here. And on the evening of the 5th, they ride in procession through most of the major towns and villages in Spain. In previous years we’ve usually gone to see the procession in Santa Cruz. They start at the south end of town (at 7 pm this year) accompanied by various decorated floats. They meet up at the Plaza España, where they find they’re all following the same star and agree to travel together. When they get to the Alemeda, they find King Herod’s court. Of course, he wants to know what they’re doing in his country, and then makes them promise to tell him where the child is. They travel up the baranco from the concrete ship, and find Mary, Joseph and Jesus in a cave, and leave their presents. Then finally, an angel tells them not to even think about telling Herod where to find Jesus.
At that point they light the bonfires in the (hopefully dry) river bed and set off the fireworks.
In Los Llanos, the procession stats at 6 pm and goes from Avenida Enrique Mederos to the Plaza de España.
In Breña Baja, their Majesties will meet at the tourist office on the seafront at Los Cancajos at 11 am, and invite the children to ride around the municipality on the road train. They get back to Los Cancajos at 1 pm, when they’ll be accepting letters from the children (all about what presents they want.)