Things to do in Tenerife in December 2016

What to Expect

In the words of the carol “in the deep mid-winter” …. Nevertheless, December in Tenerife, when compared to the rest of Europe, is still warm. Last year the average temperature for the south was 26°C, with temperatures during the hottest part of the day reaching 28°C and still in the mid-teens during the coolest part of the evening.

NOTE: TWO BANK HOLIDAYS this month

Día de la Constitución 6th December is celebrated each year as the day the referendum in 1978 was approved by a large majority of Spanish people.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Inmaculada Concepción) 8th December like many Christian communities around the world the Canary Islands celebrate this day.

And whilst not a bank holiday we should not forget to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Highlights

The Rink – enjoy ice skating while soaking up the sun (When: until January 2017 Where: Magma Centre, Las Americas)

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Gastronomic Days of Monkey – After nine seasons with the best local, national and international cuisine, Group Monkey celebrate the 10th anniversary every Friday with food prepared by chefs from 5* Michelin restaurants across Spain. (Until 2nd December DETAILS AND RESERVATIONS )

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Medano Live – Jazz Festival – 6 concerts. All concerts are free more information can be obtained HERE (When: 2nd – 17th December)

CAP-Fest is free and accessible. Arona, recognized as one of the major accessible tourist destinations in the world is offering over 30 activities including video games, virtual reality accessible, a sensory dining space, outdoor concerts, lectures by internationally renowned scientists, and a commitment to avant-garde leisure. (When: 2nd to 4th December Where: Los Cristianos)

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TARZAN, the musical, is mostly a party, which will delight children, young and old (When: 3rd December Where: Guimerá Theatre, Santa Cruz)

4th Canarias Folk Fest Arona 2016/2017 –With crafts and food market, from 16:00 and performances by folk groups this traditional event is held regularly in Plaza La Pescadora, Los Cristianos, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, every two weeks, starting Wednesday, November 30, 2016 and ending on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
Calendar – in December 2016 : 1, 14 and 15 – January 2017 : 11, 12, 25, 26 – in February : 8, 9, 22, 23 – and March : 8, 9, 22, 23.

Christmas Festival of Dance – Students of “Say yes” will perform bachata, canary folklore, salsa, zumba, introduction to dance, modern dance (When: 4th December Where: Infanta Leonor Auditorium Los Cristianos)

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Fiesta África II – Various Artists (When: 5th December Time:  22:00 to 5:00 Where: Ocean Club, Santa Cruz)

Moscow Ballet. Presents The Nutcracker – Tchaikovsky masterpiece and a classic of the Christmas season. (When: 8th December Where: Auditorio Infanta Leonor, Los Cristianos)

Mar de Mares – Flamenco Ballet (When: 9th December Where: Auditorio Infanta Leonor, Los Cristianos)

Forever Amy – A memorable spectacle that epitomizes the flamboyant artist. Credit goes to jazz and soul singer Alba Plano accompanied by the original members of Amy’s band. Dale Davis, Xantone Black, Hawie Gondwe, Nathan Allen, and Jim Hunt. An emotional tribute to a great woman who sold her soul to music. (When: 9th December, Where: Magma Centre, Las Americas)

Grand Opening Party – Village People bring the spirit of the ‘80s to Tenerife’s open-air stage, offering an extravaganza of colour, and sing-a-long classics (When 10th December: Where: Hard Rock Hotel, Playa Paraiso)

Noche en Blanco – suspended in October because of the weather this is a chance for shoppers to get ready for Christmas (When: 10th December Where: Puerto de la Cruz)

XI Gospel Festival of Canary Islands – London Community Gospel Choir have accompanied artists such as George Michael, Elton John, Puff Daddy, Mariah Carey, Blur, Gary Barlow, Westlife, and Celine Dion amongst others. (When: 16th December Where: Auditorio Infanta Leonor, Los Cristianos)

The South Carolina Gospel Chorale – make each performance an unforgettable journey through the history of gospel, from the spirit of African American slaves up to the sounds of modern Sunday Masses. (When: 18th December, Where: Adán Martín Auditorium Santa Cruz) 

Mamma Mia – the musical Tickets start at €25, and are available online HERE. (When: 27 December to 2 January 2017 Where: Adán Martín Auditorium Santa Cruz)

1st San Silvestre Golden Mile – Nothing better than fire on the last day of the year by participating in this first edition of San Silvestre in Arona! Registration:  Gesportcanarias.Com  Tel. 692 561 122. Price: 8€ until the 4th December. 10€ from 5 to 28 December. (When: 31st December Time: 15:00 hours Where: Playa de Las Americas)

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Whilst these are some of the most interesting events, there is an overwhelming amount of activities on Tenerife each month. Click on the links below to see what is happening elsewhere.

Tenerife – Attractions

Tenerife offers a wealth of attractions follow the LINK to get just a few ideas.

Tenerife – Tours

Guided tours both free and private as well as numerous excursions are available throughout the year.  For a few ideas follow the link to Tenerife Tours and Days Out

Tenerife – Sporting Activities

Year round temperatures averaging 22 degrees combined with a low level of rainfall provide an ideal climate for outdoor ventures. Whether on land, at sea or in the skies, Tenerife provides outdoor adventure for all types of travellers. Check them out HERE

Tenerife – Markets

Everyone loves a market and the island is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods while others selling the same product move from site to site. Most open early in the morning and close early afternoon. Follow this link for a list of Tenerife Markets

Tenerife – Museums

The museums of Tenerife are accessible to all sections of the community regardless of limited mobility or communication. Follow the link to find a comprehensive list of Tenerife – Museums

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Exposaldo – Bargain Fair in Santa Cruz

Exposaldo is the biggest sales event in the Canary Islands and is guaranteed to bring bargain-hunters out in their hundreds.

Last year more than 48,600 people visited Recinto Ferial during the 5 days of the Fair and this year no doubt it will be the same or more once it opens from the 16th to 20th November.

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The fair offers all the best products at the best prices. You will find textiles, accessories, footwear, household appliances, hardware, furniture, kitchenware, decorations, toys, and vehicles – everything you can imagine all under one roof.

From the moment the doors open at 11.00 until they close at 9.00 the atmosphere is great and why wouldn´t it be with everyone seeking to get their Christmas shopping done at knock-down prices and all for the admission fee of just €1.

The following are a selection of images taken from various social media sources of last year’s event.

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New season of Tenerife Opera

The new season of opera at the Auditorium in Santa Cruz offers five major performances as well as a tribute to Maria Callas.

Don Pasquale

A comic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Musical direction is by Alessandro Palumbo and stage direction by Stefania Bonfadelli and Giulio Zappa. The performance will take place from 27th to 29th October at 19:30 pm and 30th October at 18:00.

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Georges Bizet’s opera will star Na’ama Goldman. The work, a co-production of the Theatre St. Gallen in Switzerland, will be performed on 22nd, 24th and 26th November at 19:30. Massimiliano Stefanelli will be in charge of the musical direction and Nicola Berloffa is the stage director.

The Concert Choir of the Opera of Tenerife

Gloria probably the most famous work composed by Francis Poulenc and also the waltzes of Strauss will be perform by the orchestra and choir on December 10th

Norma

A lyrical tragedy in two acts with music by Vincenzo Bellini produced by Friends of the Opera Canarios (ACO) will feature Yolanda Auyanet in the title role. Music Director: Sebastiano Rolli, Stage director and costumes: Mario Pontiggia. The opera will be performed on 14th, 16th and 18th March 2017 at the usual time 19:30.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Offenbach

Aimed at children and families. 29 and 30 April at 12:00 and 18:00

The last of the season is Doña Francisquita, included in the Cycle and Spanish Lyric Opera. Leonor Bonilla is accompanied by Francisco Corujo in the role of Fernando, Badel Albelo in the role of Cardona and Silvia Zorita in the role of Francisca. The play will be directed by Miquel Ortega and will take place on July 24 at 19:30.

The new season of Opera de Tenerife continues to have very competitive prices – Those aged under 26 may attend all for €20. Those over 26 years may attend all from €75 and tickets can be purchased on the website

Homage to Maria Callas

The 40th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas, considered best voice of the twentieth century, will be celebrated with a concert by Yolanda Auyanet, a conference on Bellini and Bel Canto given by the artistic coordinator of the Opera of Tenerife, Alejandro Abrante, (March 7 at 19:30 pm) a conversation between Alejandro Giovanni Lomazzi and Abrante (March 10 at 19:30) and an exhibition of photographs of Maria Callas that will take place between February 14 and March 20.

In addition to the above, the new season will feature the IV Singing Competition. This will be in four phases, two elimination rounds, a semi-final, and a final, which will take place from 25 to 28 June 2017. The finalists concert will take place on June 29 at 19: 30.

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Health Care in Tenerife

I really can´t convey just how impressed I am with the health system in Tenerife. I don´t mean the kind you have to pay for each month with medical insurance, I mean the treatment we have by being registered on the Padron and having access to the public system.

Recently OH had a dizzy spell due to the medication he was taking and as he fell, split his head open on the corner of our glass dining table. There was copious amounts of blood, being a head wound, but it was also a deep cut and I felt it needed a stitch or two.

Although we live almost walking distance from the Hospital del Sur (Mojon) he decided because we didn´t have access to a translator that he would use the ‘Green’ (one of the two hospitals here in the South). In my view he didn´t need anyone to translate as it was obvious what had happened, but being a man!

Anyway on walking into Urgencies in the Green his medical card and NIE were handed over and he was told to wait. 6 hours, an injection, X-ray, and 5 stitches later he came home with a bundle of notes declaring he was fine and had to have the stitches removed after 7 days.

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Jump to yesterday morning, we visit the nurse in the medical centre in Arona every 3 months for what she calls ‘control’. It is a way of checking we stay in good health and in the end save the health service money by being able to catch anything right at the beginning rather than waiting until it is too late.

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She was concerned when she saw Jim, but did her usual blood pressure, blood sugar, weight etc. tests gave us our flu jabs and booked our next appointments for February. She then re-read the notes from the hospital and double-checked with us that they had done everything they said.  She was surprised they hadn´t done an ECG due to the shock of the fall and so we moved to another room and she did one.

With only my experience of UK health to base it on, I asked would the result be available next week when the stitches come out. No! says she, go back to the waiting room and wait to be called…. 10 minutes later, we were sitting in front of the doctor who said the test was good. However, to be thorough when Jim goes back next week he will have another ECG to see that it is still stable.

And this is why I am so impressed, when you need help you get it at once and the backup is first class.

I feel so lucky to be here rather than in a place where you have to wait weeks for an appointment and months for tests.

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Culture, Traditions, Pilgrimages in November & December

A holiday in Tenerife gives you the opportunity to learn all about its people and make each day special. Its bustling, lively traditions, festivals and pilgrimages are a link to the Island’s past and are sure to make you feel welcome.

Chestnut Month

November is the chosen month by the towns of La Victoria and La Matanza to celebrate chestnuts, which can be savoured on the Island in many different ways. Activities, at this time of year, include workshops and tasting and presentations are held to show the goodness and versatility of the product.

Fiesta del Cacharro y la Castaña

The festivities in honour of San Andrés in Puerto de la Cruz have gained popularity thanks to their originality, so prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Better known as the Clutter and Chestnut Festival, the event takes place on 29 November and is easily recognisable thanks to the deafening sound of clattering cans, tins and other objects. The locals tie their clutter to pieces of wire and drag them along the ground on a journey that traces the city’s streets and ends at the Plaza del Charco. Awaiting them in the heart of Puerto de la Cruz is a huge array of roast chestnuts. But you won’t just find chestnuts, other local products such as gofio bread, sweet potatoes and the Island’s delicious wines are also on the menu.

Short Film Festival

For lovers of film, this is a must. Every year, in early November, the town of La Orotava hosts this event in which current film professionals are involved. More information: HERE

San Andrés Festivals

This traditional ceremony takes place on the evening of 29th November. Young and not-so-young adrenaline-seekers clamber onto wooden boards and slide down the steep street of Calle del Plano in Icod de los Vinos. Adding to the whooshing and crashing of the boards is the sweet smell of young wine. Under the moonlight, grape harvesters pop open their wines from the latest vintage in a ritual that also takes place in many other towns and villages.

International Agatha Christie Festival

The legendary English writer is the protagonist of this interesting festival because she chose Puerto de la Cruz when she needed peace and rest. During the festival exhibitions, lectures and films based on the writers work are shown in Castilian, English and German It is held every two years in November.

International Gastronomic Film Festival (CineEsCena)

Held in La Laguna the festival has among its objectives, discovering culinary experiences of different cultures and bring them to the public through audio-visual media, films, documentaries, commercials. More information: HERE

International Storytelling Festival

The town of Los Silos has become an international reference appointment for lovers of stories since the festival began in 1996 and has been held every year in December, making it  the city of dreams and fairytales.

Baile del Niño

The dance takes place on Christmas Eve after Midnight Mass in the towns of La Matanza and Taganana. Groups of youths dressed as shepherds or wearing a white blouse with black trousers and a red sash set out on a dancing procession in front of the new-born baby inside the church. The procession moves to the sound of drums, flutes, tambourines, castanets and hand-drums to the beat of tajaraste music.

 

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