In the purpose built resorts it’s Xmas party time in the sun over the festive season whereas in traditional towns there’s more of an old fashioned Christmas atmosphere with concerts, carol singers and nativity scenes.
The week before Christmas can be very quiet before the party starts in earnest from Christmas onwards with the New Year’s Eve street parties in Tenerife’s traditional areas being THE places to put on the glad rags and party all night.
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. To get a festive feel look out for some of the island’s belenes and visit one of the more historic towns after dark when Christmas lights make them even more magical.
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 etc. The big event is the free Christmas Day concert by Tenerife Symphony Orchestra at the port. We don’t have the full agenda yet as they haven’t published it, but the council is saying there will be more than 100 events. I can tell you how many metres of Christmas lights there are in the city… if you really want to know.
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, folklore concerts and the end of year party in Plaza del Charco. Here’s the full Christmas programme.
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. Full Christmas programme here.
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. Full Christmas programme here.
Note: A day after I hit the publish button on this, Granadilla de Abona published their Christmas agenda. Better late than never, here is the full programme of events.
All of Tenerife’s municipalities will have Christmas programmes planned involving the sort of events mentioned above to a lesser or greater degree. Fortunately, some municipalities are on the ball at publishing their Xmas programmes, whereas others lag behind. Generally speaking, 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
Jesus Christ Superstar, Santa Cruz (Tenerife Auditorium, 26-30 Dec)
This year’s big Christmas show at Tenerife Auditorium is an updated version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. I’ve never been able to see that title without adding the ‘amended’ lines we used to sing in the school playground. Here’s the full details. This year there’s another show for all the family on the 3rd Jan, Pocahontas.
Farrah World Festival 2014, Costa Adeje (Siam Park, 7 Dec, 3pm to Midnight, tickets from €56)
The last big DJ fest of the year at Siam Park sees 8 DJs heat up the coolish December night for a nine hour gig.
Gospel Canarias Festival
December is gospel music time in the Canary Islands. This year the Mississippi Gospel Choir bring their sweet soul music to Guia de Isora (Auditorio Guia de Isora, 5 December, 8.30pm, €6) and La Laguna (Teatro Leal, 7 and 8 Dec, 8pm, from €12). Meanwhile, The Latonius and Star D Choir do their thing at Los Cristianos (Infanta Leonor, 6 Dec, 9pm, €12), Granadilla de Abona (Convento Franciscano, 12 Dec, 8.30pm, free entrance) and Adeje (Cutlural Centre, 21 Dec, 8.30pm, €5).
Keroxen 14, Santa Cruz (El Tanque Espacio Cultural, 24 Oct to 5 December, 8pm – 1.30am, entrance €50 for every festival or €10 each)
Music and art meet in one of the most unusual venues on Tenerife for a series of mini festivals every Friday night from 24 Oct till 5 December. Each features four to five bands/singers/performers from across Europe.
Regular visitors to Tenerife, the Moscow Ballet perform Swan Lake and The Nutcracker at the Teatro Leal in La Laguna (3 and 4 December, tickets from €25) and The Nutcracker at Auditorio Teobaldo Power in La Orotava (5, 12 and 14 December, 9pm, tickets from €25).
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 tales around midnight. How bad these tales are who knows, but the blurb warns they’re not suitable for anyone with heart problems.
PIT 2014 (Santa Cruz; Recinto Ferial; 19 December to 5 January; entrance €8)
One for the kiddywinkles is the annual PIT fair at the Recinto Ferial which is basically a conference centre filled with fun things for children.
Walk for Life, Playa las Américas and Los Cristianos (14 December, 11am)
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.
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.
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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