Christmas in Tenerife

In Tenerife, Christmas, New Year and Epiphany are celebrated in a special way. It’s one of the best times of year to visit the island and experience it from a different angle.

Over the festive season, which runs from mid-December to early January, Tenerife villages and towns are imbued with a festive, family atmosphere and this is the time of year when ancient traditions take centre stage. Christmas Eve on December 24 is one of the most magical events of the year. It is a time when families gather and celebrate being together with a dinner where typical local dishes with meat or fish are lovingly prepared followed by traditional sweets like “turrones” and shortbread.

On December 25, Christmas Day, classical music takes over the island’s capital when the much awaited Tenerife Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert is staged at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port to a full house. This open air event is a seasonal greeting featuring Canary Islands Christmas carols and a several popular tunes that amaze and excite the audience.

A week later on the night of December 31, after the last meal of the year is enjoyed in the company of family and friends, fireworks and parties welcome in the New Year all over the island

But during this festive season, filled with wishes for peace and harmony, there is a date that the island’s children eagerly look forward to. The procession of the Three Kings on the night of January 5 is the most awaited day of the year for little ones on Tenerife. Santa Cruz is the most crowded place to see the Magi with their camels, pages and their sacks full of gifts.

These endearing parties are also celebrated in the towns around Tenerife with Christmas nativity scenes, tapas tours, and craft markets and even with a fun ice skating rink in La Laguna, which is located in the Plaza del Cristo.

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