Things to do in Tenerife in December 2015

Although December is starting to cool down a little, it is still warmer than most other destinations in Europe. At this time, the average temperature for the south of the island is 22°C, last December we saw a few days hit 27°C while at night temperatures dropped to between 18 – 13°C. In the north for the same period temperatures were 16°C, with lows of 13°C and highs of 18°C.


There’s always something going on in Tenerife, add to this the beaches, excursions, sports and outdoor pursuits plus local events, with their traditional and unusual activities there is something to captivate all ages and all tastes.


Dia de la Constitucion, 6th December is a National Holiday celebrating the day when Christopher Columbus first set foot on the Americas.

The Inmaculada Concepción (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) is celebrated on 8th December. It is classed as a bank holiday throughout Tenerife.

Christmas Day Concert A wonderful traditional free concert  that attracts thousand of people every year. The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra presents classical and popular musical from 9 pm until midnight when there is a firework display (When : 25th December Where : (The dockside) Dársena de Los Llanos Santa Cruz).

New Years Eve On the night of the 31st, huge parties are held throughout many resorts, where locals and tourists come together to celebrate. There are music concerts held in town squares, as well as a variety of food and drink available from kiosks in the area. The highlight of the evening is the spectacular firework displays held at midnight, followed by more partying until dawn.



The Canarian Folk Fest –  Traditional Canarian music and dancing plus food and craft stalls selling the best local produce. (When : from 3rd December until 26th March 2016 Where: Las Galletas Rambla on Thursday’s, Las Americas Golden Mile on Friday’s and Plaza del Pescadora, Los Cristianos on Saturday’s) 


The XXXICraft Fair of the Canary Islands there will be 140 exhibitors in this island wide fair. (When : 3rd to 6th December Where : Recinto Ferial de Tenerife)

The Festival of capabilities “Capfest 2015” which includes a range of activities for all audiences from various fields, including culture, technology, philosophy, etc, (When: 4th & 5th December, Where: Various Los Cristianos)


Tom Binns For one night only one man, with three hilarious comedy acts! Award-winning Hospital Radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury and psychic Ian D Montfort are joined by Tom’s equally inventive and skilful new ventriloquist act Uncle Jim. (When : 5th December Where : Tenerife Comedy Club) 

K42 Canarias Anaga Marathon this marathon passes through one of the most magical places in Tenerife, Anaga, an area declared a Biosphere Reserve. The sixth edition has three modes: K42, K21 and KVertical.

Chicago Mass Choir presents “A Spiritual Tribute To BB King” the legend of American popular music (When : 7th & 8th December Where :Teatro Leal)


Ballet de Moscú present the Nutcracker the ultimate Christmas ballet is in two locations in Tenerife (When : 7th and 8th December Where : Teatro Guimera Santa Cruz and 9th December Where : Auditorio Infanta Leonor)

Mary Stuart A play about the imprisonment of Mary by his sister Isabel in Fotheringay Castle. A story of betrayal, family feuds and power. (When : December 12th Where : Auditorio de Tenerife).

Jubilation Gospel Choir is a group from Montreal. This time the repertoire consists of classic songs such as Hark the herald angels singThe First Noel and The little drummer boy, in addition to celebrating the memory of the legendary singer, saxophonist and pianist Ray Charles. (When : 13th December Where : Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz)

Ballets de Tenerife The price is just €10 for a selection of classical ballet (When : December 20th Where : Auditorium of Tenerife)

Sister Act the Musical, based on the hit film (When : 29th December to 4th January, Where : Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín)

The PIT (Children and Youth Park Tenerife) is an enclosure that offers rides, games, fun activities, training and entertainment aimed at children and young people, (When: Dec. 18: January 5 Where Recinto Ferial de Tenerife)


Visit the Dorada Brewery The local brewing company opens its doors to unveil the manufacturing process of Dorada beer, from the collection of raw materials to bottling, at the end of the visit you will be invited to a Dorada in the Tasting Room. (Booking is necessary. Every Tuesday and Wednesdays Avda. de Ángel Romero Santa Cruz to 31/12/2015)

The Prado Museum visit Tenerife with the exhibition that brings together 60 works from the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Spanish, Flemish, Italian and French schools, and such important authors as Rubens, Sorolla, Zurbarán, Murillo, Goya and Ribera.  (When: to January 16 Where: Espacio Cultural CajaCanarias, Santa Cruz)

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2015

Photo by Justin Ng

Sit in a moon shadow with an otherwise open view of the predawn sky, and if you’re really lucky, you might see as many as 40 meteors in one hour. Good luck! Click the links below to learn more about meteor showers in 2015.
December 13-14, 2015 Geminids

Whilst these are some of the most interesting events, there is an overwhelming amount of activities in 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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Tablas de San Andrés

On the 29th and 30th November of each year, an event takes places in Tenerife that celebrates the opening of the wine cellars. Typically, on those dates, you can taste the new wine; eat roasted chestnuts and other island products from stalls set up around various towns.


However, in the municipalities of Icod and La Guacha they take the celebrations a step further when on the eve of San Andrés locals flash down the steepest streets on what can only be described as tea trays. This strange tradition is called “Tablas de San Andrés” and involves one or more people sitting on wooden boards to see who can zip down the street the fastest while being watched by numerous onlookers.

The tradition comes from a time around 16th Century, when timber from a sawmill in the highlands of Icod, was transported by rolling it downhill to the dock in San Marcos. In order to slow the logs down and dodge stones a person would sit on the back with oars made from beech.

In the run up to San Andres in every neighbourhood throughout the town, you will find kids on the slopes with their boards of different sizes normally made of wood, building up speed and keeping the tradition alive. In fact the tradition is more alive than ever and each year goes from strength to strength.



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Folelé – Canarian Restaurant, Los Cristianos

While last Friday we went to see New York Knights the previous Friday we stayed in Los Cristianos and took our friends from the UK to Folelé because we know they like Canarian food and wine.

The restaurant isn’t new, I mentioned it in my Tenerife blog earlier this year, but it has taken us a while to visit as we were keeping it on a back burner for Charles and Valda’s visit, which is every November.

I phoned ahead to book a table as I assumed Los Cristianos on a Friday night would have been busy, especially the seafront, which is where the restaurant is located, but as it turned out it was very quiet. There was only three tables plus ourselves in the restaurant all evening. It is a shame because the décor is simple but tasteful, (the word Folelé is Canarian for dragonfly) and these are all around the walls. The service is first class, friendly but unobtrusive.


The food if not exceptional, because of its simplicity, is good. The menu has a selection of authentic Canarian fayre including ‘ropa vieja‘ an old Canarian dish and of course the obligatory Canarian potatoes. There is also a large selection of Canarian wines, which is why we were here as Charles and Valda only drink local wines when they are on the island.

We started with a selection of goats’ cheese, Canarian black pudding, garlic prawns and croquettes. Our waiter did tell us the portions were large and we could share, but we do that anyway, so we stuck with our original choice. Friends asked for a recommendation on a very dry white wine and they were pleased with what they were given.

We moved on to the main course and they were all very tasty. We had Carne Fiesta, spiced chicken, grilled pork and sea bass that should have had a fruit sauce, but Valda asked for it to be just grilled and served with no sauce. Everything was done to perfection, well cooked, nicely presented and all at a very reasonable price. We round off with coffees but had no room for dessert, as the portions were very large. We ended up bring a box home which our girls had for breakfast 2 mornings in a row.

I would not suggest anyone goes out of their way to visit this restaurant purely because of its simplicity, but if you are in the area and want to try REAL Canarian food, then you should certainly visit.

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Tenerife, Where The Food’s As Good As The Weather – Part 3

In previous blogs, we have looked at what you can expect in both starters and main courses when eating in a Canarian restaurant.  This time around, we will look at the dessert menu.

Tenerife has an abundance of fresh fruit, oranges, mangos and of course, bananas. The Canarian banana is unmistakable; small, yellow and has black spots, which distinguish it from other varieties. What’s more, the taste is simply delicious. According to experts, the bananas grown on Tenerife are some of the best in the world. However, Canarians don’t exist on bananas alone,  you only have to look at the dessert menu to realise that the people of Tenerife have a sweet tooth.

In general, traditional ‘postres’ or puddings mostly use the same basic ingredients, eggs, sugar, lemon, milk and cinnamon. Below are some of the most common.

Arroz con leche this simple sweet is found on most traditional restaurant menus. Nice if you like cold rice pudding made with condensed milk.

arroz con leche

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Quesillo – Sounds exotic but is nothing more than a crème caramel and personally I don´t like the texture. These are everywhere you can even buy packets in the supermarket to make an almost instant version at home.



Bienmesabe – Almond and cinnamon custard the name translates to “tastes good to me”. You find it in lots of Spanish speaking countries but in Tenerife, it is made from almonds, sponge cake, eggs, sugar and lemon. Its origin is probably Arabic, though the island looks upon it as its own.

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Various, too numerous to mention!

Huevos Mole – Is a thick, sweet custard flavoured with cinnamon, lemon and dessert wine such as Malvasia. The end result is like Zabaglione so I don’t mind ending a meal with this one, even though on some menus it is listed as Mole Eggs which sounds far from appetising.

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Truchas de Batata. Typically served at Christmas, these little turnovers are stuffed with sweet potato, almonds and flavoured with anise, cinnamon, lemon zest and anise liqueur.

The above image belongs to Dada where you can also find the recipe for these easy to make treats.

Anyone who knows me, knows I like my food, but I’m not a great lover of eggy puddings I have to be ‘in the mood’ but I can always end a meal with a coffee, although it has to be a special barraquito.

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New York Knights – Los Cristianos

Last night we went to the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos to see a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Frankie Valli. It was part of OH’s birthday present because he loves Frank.

I had bought our tickets on line and knew that seats are not allocated so we decided to arrive early(ish). As there was no traffic and we dropped into a parking space almost opposite the theatre we found ourselves there just before 7.30pm for the 8.00pm show. We were going to have a drink but noticed a line that stretched from inside the theatre to the pavement, there must have been 300 people already queuing up. We joined it and talking to those around us, they were all ‘swallows’. Once inside I took a quick picture of the crowded theatre, and you can see the audience is all very much of ‘a certain age’.


The show started with a 5-piece band and two backing singers. It was at this point I thought, they are not all playing together and seem to be trying to outdo each other, but what the heck. Frankie Valli came on stage, he was a great singer, but at what looked to be well over 6 feet tall and with a definite hint of ginger in his hair, didn’t remind me of the original. We next had Barbra, she was also very good and at certain angles there was a resemblance and finally Frank. Another big guy but if you closed your eyes you would really think you were listening to Ole Blue Eyes.

Most people like OH seemed to enjoy the show, as we found out when bumping into several people we knew as we headed back to the car. However, I was disappointed. When the three sang together there was no harmony, they were all just doing their own thing, as was the band who on occasions swamped the vocals. I was not impressed when Frank gave us the first verse of “One for the Road” twice because he had clearly forgotten the words and the conversation with the audience seemed strained and rather stilted.

For the price, it was good, but I have seen as good if not better in the bars around the resorts. On the other hand, was I just being difficult to please on that occasion?


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