What to Expect
Although December is one of the cooler months of the year it is still warmer than most other destinations in Europe making it a popular destination for British holidaymakers wanting to escape the winter gloom back home. The promise of year round sunshine is tantalisingly good and whilst sun cannot be guaranteed EVERY day, average temperatures for the south of the island are approximately 22°C during the day and 17°C at night.
At this time of year the difference between north and south is getting more noticeable and daytime temperatures there can average 16°C with lows being a chilly (but not by comparison with northern Europe) 8°C. It is therefore still possible to spend some time on the beach wherever you choose to go. Tenerife in winter attracts a very different clientele from summer. These in the main are older and increasingly more discerning in their tastes.
Celebrations in December
Despite the main Navidad (Christmas) celebration not being until January there is plenty of Christmas cheer around with sparkling lights and beautiful decorations making the streets come alive. Like the rest of Europe New Year’s Eve is a spectacular evening with cava, grapes and fireworks not only in the resorts but every outlying village.
Christmas and New Year in ….
Arona and Adeje – always put on a good show, with concerts, markets and to my mind the best end of year party on the island when Los Cristianos vies with Las Americas to outdo each other with the biggest and best fireworks displays.
Santa Cruz – If you are heading for the capital then the big event is the free Christmas Day concert by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra at the port.
Most towns will have Christmas programmes planned and the tourist offices and cultural centres are best places to find full details.
December Highlights – The Best Music and Theatre
Entertainment in Tenerife is not just limited to bars, tribute acts and karaoke, there are plenty of live shows to suit all tastes. Below is a tiny selection of what for me are the highlights showing around the island this month. Check out THIS PAGE for a list of theatres as well as links to the latest programmes.
The Moscow Ballet ‘Swan Lake’ (3rd at 21.00 and 4th December at 18.00 and 21.30, Teatro Leal, Tickets from €25)
At Christmas time there is nothing better than a bit of Gospel to get the toes tapping and the hands clapping.
Mississippi Gospel Chorale “Oh Happy Day Tour” is a selection of both traditional and contemporary tracks of black American music and is especially intended to be performed before a European audience. (7th / 8th December, Teatro Leal, 20.00 Tickets from €12).
Gospel Festival IX Canary Islands – Arona, The Latonius with D Star Choir. (6th December, Auditorio Infanta Leonor, 21:00 pm Tickets €12)
The Georgia Mass Choir – Gospel Tribute to Whitney Houston The magic began in Macon, Georgia, in 1983 and now the Choir are back in Tenerife. (14th December, Auditorio de Tenerife Santa Cruz, 20.00 Tickets €22)
Ballets de Tenerife Christmas Gala (12th December, Auditorio Infanta Leonor, 20:30 Tickets €10)
The musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ A new and updated review of the celebrated Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (26th to 30th December, Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz, various times, Tickets from 15 to 25 Euros)
Keroxen Festival with music, dance, visual arts performances (Until 5th December at El Tanque Espacio Cultural Tickets from http://keroxen.com/)
Farra World Festival (7th December, Siam Park starting at 15.00 until late. Tickets from €55 from Website) See the teaser video below for what to expect.
International Piano Festival music lovers may enjoy a repertoire that ranges from widely popular to some lesser known pieces. (to 6th February 2015, Castillo San Felipe, Puerto de la Cruz )
Other Events in December
International Storytelling Festival, (to 7th December – Los Silos). This year is the 13th edition with the participation of dozens of guest narrators and a huge program of related literature and readings, art and creative activities. Programme
PIT (Children and Youth Park Tenerife) (19 December to 5 January, Recinto Ferial Santa Cruz) undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events for children in Tenerife every Christmas. A huge exhibition dedicated to fun activities designed especially for the children and young people. Info HERE
Arona Folkfest - Traditional Canarian music, dance and Canarian Food (to 27th March 2015 – Every Thursday at the Harbour, Los Cristianos – 8.30pm, Every Friday at CC City Centre, Las Americas – 8.30pm and 2nd Saturday of each month Las Galletas – 11.00am)
Degusta.Me (Try Me) (Second Saturday each month Plaza España Adeje – from 6.00pm) There will also be an excellent selection of food and wines on offer accompanied by live music.
VIII Tapas Route ‘Mandate una tapa’ (to 15th December in El Medano, Los Abrigos, San Isidro, Charco del Pino and Granadilla)