What to Expect
We are well into ‘otoño’ and ‘invierno’ maybe just around the corner but just because summer is technically over, that doesn’t mean the weather is anything less than glorious. With average temperatures around 16°C in the north of the island and 24°C in the south it’s still warm enough to spend the day sitting on a beach.
Christmas is already beginning to shine as 2.2 million bulbs lit up the capital on November 23 and 50,000 poinsettias were planted. To a slightly lesser extent but still a dazzling spectacle other municipalities are following suit, particularly here in the south.
The capital has a program of over 200 activities to celebrate, these include the traditional concerts of Los Fregolinos and the Banda Militar in Plaza del Príncipe. The Nativity Scene Contest, a Christmas Market and Wine Festival. From 24th November to 23rd December visit “El Rinconcito Navideño” located in the Plaza de La Candelaria, for fairground attractions, sale of Christmas decoration items, Christmas sweets, food trucks and children’s activities. An addition this year (although we always have one in Los Cristianos) on December 22, a Living Bethlehem, in the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena, starting at 6:00 p.m.
KoM 2017 – Kids On Magma, a Children’s Christmas Park that offers leisure activities that are both fun and educational. (When December 21st to January 8th, Where: Magma Centre Las Americas)
Every Thursday to 22nd March 2018 you can experience the ‘real Tenerife’ with performances from traditionally dressed folk groups who provide music and dancing to accompany a weekly food, art and crafts market. As a novelty this year there will be an extension over the Christmas period, (between December 22, and January 5th, the eve of Three Kings), with a traditional Christmas Market that includes carol singing and other events to celebrate the Festive Season. For dates – see poster
Degusta.me once again, the activity relates to the Adejera and Canarian gastronomy and runs until 9th December.
“Castañas, Sweets and Wine” enjoy the taste of autumn (Where: Valle San Lorenzo, When: 1st December 5:00pm to 10:00pm)
Cultural Autumn – Yaron Herman Trio scheduled to start at 8:00 pm, those under 26 can benefit from a 50% discount on tickets which can be obtained from www.ticketmaster.es (When: 1st December, Where Cultural Space CajaCanarias Santa Cruz)
The Tenerife Comedy Club is back with Nathan Caton and MC Johnny Candon
(When: 2nd December tickets from venue Showtime Las Americas)
Intimate Concerts organised by Department of Historic Heritage (When 2nd December Where Casa La Bodega Free Admission / Limited Capacity)
“Vamos de Pateo” The next walk will take place on, December 2, Las Raíces to Ravelo. Places are limited and the registration fee is €10, which includes guide, insurance and transportation, more info email website
XXXIII Regional Craft Fair of the Canary Islands – The best promotional showcase to enjoy craftsmen from all the islands: potters, bookbinders, jewellers, woodworkers, weavers, dressmakers, basket makers, chandlers, restorers, glass-makers, smiths, perfume manufacturers and felt works. More information: http://www.tenerifeartesania.es (When: 6th – 10th December, Where: Recinto Ferial de Tenerife Santa Cruz)
The 8th edition of the K42 Canarias – Anaga Marathon – choose between four modes: the K42, K21, K12 and KVertical, to test your qualities as a mountain rider or simply to enjoy the natural environment running along beautiful trails. (When 9th and 10th December) REGISTRATION FORM 2017
1st Anniversary of children of the 80s promises an event for all dance-music lovers, and featuring Just Kool (Kool and the Gang). (When 9th December Where Hard Rock Hotel, Playa Paraiso)
Also celebrating Christmas at the Hard Rock
December 16 – Christmas tree lighting ceremony with performances by various artists
December 24, Roxity Kids Club organise “My favorite rock star” Where children can enjoy workshops rock makeup, different shows and, to top it all a big party with treats and Christmas punch without alcohol.
December 25th, The arrival of Santa Claus on a Harley Davidson loaded with gifts for young and old.
New Year ‘s Eve with the traditional chimes, 12 grapes and spectacular firework display
The Tony Washington Gospel Singers – Gospel music fans are in for a treat this Christmas with this concert which is a fusion of a capella hymn-singing and influenced by the latest trends in Motown, R&B and Rap. (When: 15th December, Where Infanta Leonor Auditorium, Los Cristianos at 9pm and tickets, costing €15 – €18 are available from the Cultural Centre or the auditorium box office).
Requiem Mass is a sacred composition by Giuseppe Verdi for choir, solo voices and orchestra performed in the Santa Cruz auditorium 16th December The full programme is HERE
The Harlem Gospel Choir – a gospel choir which is based in Harlem, New York. It is one of the most prominent choirs in the US (17th December 20.00h in Symphony Hall in Auditorio de Tenerife Santa Cruz.)
The Walk for Life in Tenerife has a decidedly Christmassy feel and will be held Sunday 17 December. It’s an event which brings together Spanish cancer charities and support organisations, people living with cancer, their friends and families, and the general public of Adeje and Arona. The start of the walk alternates between Adeje and Arona and ends in the other municipality. It has a dedicated website HERE.
29th edition of the “Parque Infantil y Juvenil de Tenerife ” (PIT 2017) An enclosure that has the latest attractions, fun, games and entertainment aimed at children and young people (When: 21st December to 7th January 2018 Where: Recinto Ferial de Tenerife Santa Cruz) more info from website
Sunset Boulevard performed by Paloma San Basilio, the great lady of musical theater in Spain,(When: 27, 28, 29 and 30 December 2017 and 1, 2, 3 and 4 January 2018 at 20:30 hours. Where: Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz)
XXXVI San Silvestre Lagunera, the most popular athletic event in the Canaries is celebrated at dusk of the last day of the year, taking place in the historical centre of Aguere. A test for all ages with a distance of approximately 5 kilometres. ONLINE REGISTRATION to December 21 at 20:00 hours
2nd San Silvestre Race takes place in Playa de Las Americas on 31st December – The Circuit is 5km along Golden Mile and begins at 3:00 p.m. (children) and 4:00 p.m. (adults)
Craft Fairs – Artesanía de Tenerife has announced the date of craft fairs for 2017 in Tenerife. The fairs, both small and large, sell unusual products from really creative and talented individuals, all of whom are officially recognized with a carné de artesano. The full list of dates is HERE.
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