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Each year, on the 5th of January, everyone in Tenerife is waiting for the arrival of the Three Wise Men. This is a really interesting event and you should attend the parade if you're on the island at that time.
On January 6th, Spain celebrates the Epiphany or the arrival of the Three Kings from the Orient, an event which is highly anticipated by everyone, but especially by children, who receive gifts on this day (similar to Christmas day in other cultures).
The day of the Epiphany, January 6th, is a public holiday and so many businesses will be closed on this day.
However, the celebration starts a day before, on January 5th, with a highly anticipated event: the Three Kings Parade (La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos). The kids will write letters asking for toys or other gifts and they will and these letters down to the Three Kings when they meet them before the parade.
Usually, there are parades organized in all the major resorts and towns in Tenerife and on the 6th of January there is a national holiday in Spain and most of the shops are closed. The 6th of January is called the Epiphany, the day when the Magic Kings brought gifts to baby Jesus.
In 2022, because the island of Tenerife is currently at alert level 3 and with restrictions in place regarding big events and large gatherings, some of the big Three Kings parades have been canceled or they will be celebrated at a smaller scale.
Some of the City Councils will stream online the event and others will organize a royal caravan that will go from town to town so that the kids can see the Kings, although they will not be able to meet them like it was the custom.
Initially, Santa Cruz de Tenerife had announced that they would organize the usual event with the Three Kings at the Heliodoro Rodríguez stadium, but it was later announced that, due to the fact that the island is at level 3 alert, "the Kings will be received at the Stadium in an event organized closed doors (with no audience present) and it will be broadcasted online and on TV".
Once the event on the Stadium is over once this reception is over, the Three Kings will visit the city of Santa Cruz, as there will be five royal groups that will carry out a tour through the main streets and avenues of all the districts ”.
Their Majesties, the Three Kings, will drive through Adeje’s towns and villages on the evening of January 5th.
The Royal route will be a continuous one without any stops and it will last 5 hours.
Their journey will begin at 4 pm and is expected to take up to 5 hours, with no stops.
The route will see their majesties pass through La Postura, Los Olivos, Las Nieves, Armeñime, Callao Salvaje, Playa Paraíso, Ricasa, Tijoco Bajo, La Hoya, La Concepción, Tijoco Alto, Taucho, Los Menores, Las Rosas, La Caleta, Miraverde, Fañabé, El Galeón and Adeje Town. A fire engine will lead the royal road trip, and will proceed at a pace to allow as many people as possible see the royal entourage.
In Arona, it was announced that at 3:00 p.m. the Three Kings will receive the keys to the municipality at the City Council and from there they will go on a tour through the municipality, escorted by the Local Police and Guardia Civil, through the different towns. The tour will end at 8:00 p.m. at the Los Cristianos Cultural Center, where no event is planned in order to avoid crowds.
Just in the other municipalities, in Puerto de la Cruz the Three Kings will go on tour through the main streets of the municipality so that the kids may see them without large gatherings in one place.
You can see the 2022 schedule and route of the tour posted by the City Council of Puerto de la Cruz.