Where and how to celebrate Fallas 2024 with children in Comunitat Valencia

11 de March de 2024
The Fallas is a spectacular festival that is celebrated every year between the 15th and 19th of March. The Fallas of Valencia are undoubtedly the most famous, but there are other municipalities in Comuntat Valenciana that also celebrate this festival. In this post we show you where and how you can enjoy the Fallas with children.
Where and how to celebrate Fallas 2024 with children in Comunitat Valencia

Celebrating the Fallas 2024 with children

With their monuments, music bands, firecrackers, fireworks and colourful costumes, the Fallas are a joyful and fun festival to enjoy with the whole family.

You can choose to celebrate them this year 2024 in Valencia city, but if you want to avoid the large crowds and enjoy the spirit of these festivities with your family in a quieter and more relaxed way, we recommend you to discover the Fallas festivities in other municipalities of the Comunitat Valenciana. There are other very family-friendly places such as Gandía, Benidorm, Cullera, Calpe or El Puig where they celebrate these traditional festivities.




The Fallas Monuments

The Fallas monuments, or simply Fallas, are without a doubt the main attraction of the Fallas festival. You will see that they start building them quite early, but the official plantà of the Fallas Infantiles (the smallest monuments) is on the morning of the 15th of March: you will find them in the streets and squares all over the city. Children tend to love the Fallas Infantiles, as they are smaller in size and you can see every detail up close.

The official plantà of the largest monuments is on the morning of the 16th, although they only need the finishing touches. In Valencia, the most important Fallas are those that take part in the special section and the municipal section, which is "planted" in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.


Fallas in Valencia

If you want to visit the Fallas with children in Valencia, we recommend you to take a walk early in the morning, for example on the 15th or 16th of March, in order to be able to enjoy them without stress. We recommend selecting how many fallas you want to see, as children can get tired of walking. One option is to take the scooters with you so that they don't get so tired.

It is best to visit the most important Fallas in the city of Valencia such as Na Jornada, El Pilar, Convento Jerusalén or Nou Campanar early in the morning and avoid the 19th once the prizes have been awarded.




The Mascletà and the fireworks displays

An important part of the Fallas throughout the Comunitat Valenciana is the noise and colour in the form of the mascletà during the day and the fireworks display at night.

The mascletà in Valencia starts on the 1st of March and is fired every day at 14:00h in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. In other municipalities it also takes place, but usually on the 15th-19th of March, you can check the programme of each town (below you will find a list).

If you want to see it with children, we recommend you arrive early and move away a little because children can be frightened by the loud noises, as they are very powerful firecrackers that will make even the ground shake.

At night there is usually a fireworks display, which is very nice to see with children if they can stay awake.

And don't be surprised if you wake up in the morning to the sound of firecrackers... they are the "despertàs", the falleros' particular way of waking people up in the morning, by throwing firecrackers.

Finally, when you are going to throw firecrackers, although children love it, you have to be careful. It is all regulated by age and type of firecrackers, and it is important that you get information from the kiosks and authorised firecracker shops.


The Flower Offering

The offering of flowers is one of the most emotional and colourful events of the Fallas and it is worth coming to see the Falleros and Falleras pass by with their bouquets of flowers accompanied by the music bands. In Valencia it is celebrated on the 17th and 18th of March and the flowers are used to form a mantle for the Virgen de los Desamparados. In other municipalities it is usually celebrated during an afternoon or morning.


The Cremà

All the Fallas in the Comunitat Valenciana are burnt after a year of work. This tradition is called the cremà and takes place on the night of 19 March.

First, the children's monuments are burnt. You have to check the schedule of each locality to see what time it is. In Valencia it usually starts around 22:00h. At 12 midnight the cremà of the big fallas usually starts. The last ones to burn are the ones in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and the winners of the first prize in the special section.



Typical Fallas food and drink

We can't celebrate Fallas without tasting the famous horchata de chufa (tiger nut milk), fartons (fried fritters), pumpkin fritters and hot chocolate.


Where to celebrate Las Fallas?

If you want to avoid the big crowds in Valencia, you can also celebrate the Fallas with children in these towns in the Valencian Community that have received the Tour & Kids seal for being family tourism towns. Here is some information about the Fallas in these T&K destinations, so that you don't miss anything and enjoy them to the fullest.

If you are looking for accommodation for these Fallas, we recommend you take a look at our family friendly accommodation in the Comunitat Valenciana.