December and Christmas on Tenerife means different things to different people. In the resorts it’s Xmas party time in the sun whereas in traditional towns there can be a real warm and fuzzy Christmassy atmosphere with concerts, carol singers and nativity scenes.
The week before Christmas can be a relatively quiet one and then the party starts in earnest from Christmas onwards with the New Year street parties in Tenerife’s traditional town’s and cities rivalling any across the world.
Weather wise, December is usually better than November. Let’s hope so this year. Whilst fiestas are thin on the ground (the 6th and the 8th are public holidays rather than excuses for a celebration) there is absolutely loads going on connected with the festive season.
The Best Fiestas on Tenerife in December
Christmas and New Year, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz has one of the most extensive Christmas programmes on Tenerife. The capital city looks fabulous after dark and there are events galore with classical, jazz and folk concerts, markets, art in the street, a wine festival and… er… a knitting exhibition. The big event is the free Christmas Day concert by Tenerife Symphony Orchestra at the port. Full Agenda.
Christmas and New Year, Puerto de la Cruz
Packed agenda throughout the month in Puerto de la Cruz with classical concerts with a Bach theme, Christmas markets, belen exhibitions, parades including Los Reyes Magos, jazz and folklore concerts and the end of year party in Plaza del Charco. Here’s the full agenda.
Christmas and New Year, Adeje
Adeje always put on a decent Christmas programme with some of the best events taking place in the town of Adeje and at La Caleta. For Christmas concerts, markets and the Los Reyes Magos parade, Adeje Town is best whereas the end of year party at La Caleta is probably the best outdoor bash in the south of Tenerife.
Christmas and New Year, Arona
Events in Arona are a bit spread out between the resorts (Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas) and the municipality’s main towns in the hills but there are concerts, markets and various events planned.
Christmas and New Year, Granadilla de Abona
There’s always something good taking place around Los Abrigos and El Médano during the festive season and it looks like Granadilla council has covered the fact that they haven’t published their Christmas agenda yet by saying it will be a Christmas ‘full of surprises’. Publishing the agenda on time could have been the first of the surprises. We do know there will be a Roller Disco in El Médano on the 8th. I would say it’s a case of back to the 80s for Tenerife but a couple of areas have never left the 80s.
Most of Tenerife’s municipalities will have Christmas programmes planned involving the sort of events mentioned above to a lesser or greater degree. The more historic and bigger a town is, the more events there will be. Tourist offices and cultural centres are best places to find full details,
The Best Festivals and Music on Tenerife in December
Les Miserables, Santa Cruz (Tenerife Auditorium, 30 Dec – 5 Jan; from €29)
There’s no need to tell you what the big Christmas show at Tenerife Auditorium is all about. It’s Les Mis.
Chicago Gospel Group, La Laguna (Teatro Leal, 6 and 7, 9pm, €15)
December is gospel music time in the Canary Islands. This year the Chicago Gospel Group bring their sweet soul music to La Laguna at the start of the month.
Magmafest, Santa Cruz (Plaza de los Alisios; 5 December; 4pm; tickets from €22)
It’s an Electro fest in Santa Cruz with seven DJs including Magda from the US of A and edgy techno queen Nicole Moudaber .
Keroxen, Santa Cruz (Various venues on Fridays and Saturdays till 7 December)
The Keroxen festival at Tenerife’s coolest music venue is massive this year with concerts taking place over 5 weeks and featuring over 30 bands and artists including a few from Britain including Emptyset, D.WattsRiot and King L Man.
A Mixed Bag at Auditorio Infanata Leonor, Los Cristianos
Los Cristianos’ auditorium has more interesting concerts in December from Christmas concerts to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker on 23rd at 7pm (€2).
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in December
Storytelling Festival, Los Silos (till 7 December)
An enchanting festival sees storytellers from across the world descend on a charming Tenerife town that most visitors don’t even know exists for a week of telling of tall tales. You could say there are plenty of bars on the island that hold a similar festival every night. The 6th and 7th is best with stories being told from 9 in the morning till the storytelling ends with dark, adult tales around midnight.
Walk for Life, Playa las Américas and Los Cristianos (15 December, 10.30)
Always a well attended event, the Walk for Life turns Tenerife’s southern resorts pink mid December as thousands take part to raise funds for the battle against breast cancer.
Artisan Fair, Santa Cruz (Recinto Ferial; 5 to 8 December; 11am -9pm; free entrance)
140 Canarian artisans displaying more than 20,000 products. Looking for unique ideas for Christmas presents?
Mándate Una Tapa, Granadilla de Abona (15 November to 15 December)
It’s a foodie frenzy in Granadilla de Abona over the next few weeks with a tapas route that has everything in it but the kitchen sink – probably only because you can’t eat a sink. There are 36 participating bars and restaurants, including a selection in El Médano and Los Abrigos, where €2.50 gets you creative tapas and a wine or beer. You can add on a special desert for €2 and a cocktail for €3. There are loads of interesting looking tapas, the funniest must be the Sponge Bob burger.
Acantilado de Sabores, Playa de la Arena (Avenida Maritima, 7 December)
Whilst other places are turning their attention to Xmas festivities, Playa de la Arena is promoting the best of local wines and top tapas at €2 a go for the tapa and €1 for a glass of wine.
Whilst these are our pick of the most interesting events on Tenerife, there is an overwhelming amount of interesting activities on Tenerife each month. Cultural Centres are excellent places to find out what’s happening wherever you are on Tenerife.
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