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Tenerife Carnival Dates for 2025

Crowds at carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Searching for information on the Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife Carnival or Karneval Teneriffa 2025 then you've come to the right place.

It has been confirmed that Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2025 will take place between 31 January and 9 March and the theme of the carnival in 2025, chosen by online voting, will be 'Secrets of Africa'. After the inauguration on Friday, 31 January 2025 and the long list of contests (below), Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2025 in the streets is scheduled to begin on Friday, 28 February 2025, with the Opening Parade and run through to Sunday, 9 March 2025.
Everything here is still subject to official confirmation or change
  • Friday, 31 January: Inauguration of Carnival 2025
  • Thursday, 6 February: 1st Phase of the Junior Murgas Contest
  • Friday, 7 February: 2nd Phase of the Junior Murgas Contest
  • Saturday, 8 February: 3rd Phase of the Junior Murgas Contest
  • Sunday, 9 February: Festival of Choreographed Groups
  • Monday, 10 February: 1st Phase of the Adult Murga Contest
  • Tuesday, 11 February: 2nd Phase of the Adult Murga Contest
  • Wednesday, 12 February: 3rd Phase of the Adult Murga Contest
  • Friday, 14 February: Final of the Murga Contests
  • Saturday, 15 February: Contest of Musical Groups
  • Sunday, 16 February: Gala Election of the Junior Carnival Queen
  • Wednesday, 19 February: Gala of the Senior Carnival Queen
  • Thursday, 20 February: Comedy Song Contest
  • Saturday, 22 February: Comparsas Contest
  • Sunday, 23 February: Costume Contest and the Rondallas Contest
  • Tuesday, 25 February: Los Fregolinos Concert
  • Wednesday, 26 February: Gala Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Thursday, 27 February: Festival of Zarzuela
  • Friday, 28 February: Opening Parade
  • Saturday, 1 March: Rhythm and Harmony Comparsas
  • Sunday, 2 March: Daytime Carnaval
  • Monday, 3 March: Carnaval Monday
  • Shrove Tuesday, 4 March: Carnival Main Parade
  • Wednesday, 5 March: Burial of the Sardine
  • Thursday, 6 March: Festival of Rondallas
  • Friday, 7 March: Children's Carnival Parade
  • Saturday, 8 March: Daytime Carnaval
  • Sunday, 9 March: Exhibition and parade of vintage and classic cars, end of carnival party and carnival closes with a firework display
Many of the events can be watched live on CarnavalTVC

Puerto de la Cruz Carnival

  • Thursday 27 February - Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Saturday 1 March - Proclamatory Parade
  • Wednesday 5 March - Burial of the Sardine
  • Friday 7 March - Mascarita Ponte Tacón
  • Saturday 8 March - Main Parade

Los Gigantes Carnival

The start of carnival in Los Gigantes is usually on the Friday ten days after Shrove Tuesday, which would be on Friday 14 March 2025. Their Carnival Main Parade is usually held in the afternoon of the Sunday, which would be 16 March 2025.

Los Cristianos Carnival

As ever, we won't even guess when Los Cristianos carnival will be held. Once available, the dates can generally be found within the relevant year's Calendario de Fiestas del Municipio (Calendar of the municipality's festivals). However ...

WARNING: Even if Arona publish dates ahead, they are apt to change the dates at the very last minute and these changes are not advertised nor reported in the media, so it requires constant manual watching of their page (above) to know.

Six Fantastic Free Walking Tours in Tenerife

Six Fantastic Free Tours in Tenerife

We know everything is expensive these days, but that doesn't have to be the reason for staying in your hotel or resort with this selection of six free activities in Tenerife.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Free Tour

Learn how Santa Cruz de Tenerife was not always the capital of the island, that under its main square are the remains of an old castle, and many other fascinating facts when you take this fantastic walking tour.

La Laguna Free Tour

Discover the city in northern Tenerife with this La Laguna Free Tour. This walking tour is an ideal way to get to know its history and main points of interest.

Free Walking Tour of La Orotava

Join us on a trip back to the 15th century and explore old colonial houses and the history of the Guanche Indigenous peoples on our Free Walking Tour of La Orotava. Stroll through the historic centre of this charming town and learn all about its past.

Icod de los Vinos Free Tour

If you're in Tenerife and you want to get to know its must-see places, this free tour of Icod de los Vinos is perfect for you. We'll explore this beautiful town in the northwest of the island.

Free Walking Tour of Garachico

An old commercial port, colonial history and a rich architectural heritage await on our Free Walking Tour of Garachico. We'll stroll through the historic centre of one of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife and learn all about its history.

Buenavista del Norte Free Tour

On this free tour of Buenavista del Norte we'll discover the charms of this beautiful town located on the north coast of the island of Tenerife.

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

See all the available activities in Tenerife

Public Holidays in Tenerife 2024

2024 by Jernej FurmanSome rights reserved

The Government of the Canary Islands has approved the labour calendar for 2024, which on this occasion, does not include December 8 - Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception), as this already falls on a Sunday.

  • January 1 - Año Nuevo (New Year)
  • January 6 - Epifanía del Señor (Epiphany of the Lord)
  • February 2 - Virgen de la Candelaria (Candlemas), in Tenerife
  • March 28 - Jueves Santo (Holy Thursday)
  • March 29 - Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
  • May 1 - Fiesta del Trabajo (Worker's Day)
  • May 30 - Día de Canarias (Canary Islands Day)
  • August 15 - Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption of the Virgin)
  • October 12 - Fiesta Nacional de España (National Day of Spain)
  • November 1 - Todos los Santos (All Saints)
  • December 6 - Día de la Constitución Española (Spanish Constitution)
  • December 25 - Navidad (Christmas Day) 

There is also a specific holiday for each island: which is February 2, the feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria, in Tenerife (included in the list above).

To these are added the additional two days of local festivals that by tradition correspond to each municipality, bringing the total to 14 days.

Tenerife in December 2023

Oranges for Christmas (Photo was taken on a Christmas Day)

There are three public holidays in the month: December 6 for the Constitución Española (Spanish Constitution) and December 8 for the Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception) - which pair often get 'bridged' together to make a long enough break to get away somewhere. It’s also customary to put up Christmas decorations on the closest weekend to December 8th. Then, of course, December 25 is a public holiday for Natividad del Señor (Christmas Day).

Pitingo will perform at Plenilunio Santa Cruz

Plenilunio Santa Cruz (Full Moon Festival) will be celebrated again from December 1 to 3. After the success of the edition held in March, where some 300,000 people came to enjoy this initiative, the city council is keen to repeat. The García Sanabria park, the Príncipe, Candelaria and Alameda squares, the Puerto-Ciudad esplanade next to La Gesta park, will be strategic points of the capital for the celebration of this event, aimed at the whole family, which will have "numerous hours of activities, music, theatre, urban sports, leisure, gastronomy and fashion”. 

The next Plenilunio Santa Cruz will feature a performance by Pitingo. The renowned singer from Huelva will be one of the highlights of the event in the capital of Tenerife. (If you're not familiar with Pitingo, watch Pitingo - Killing me softly with his song). Admission to the concert will be completely free.

There are no municipal holidays in Tenerife in December.

On the 12th of December 2023, Atlantic R2R will embark on a unique and life changing expedition. They will row - unaided- 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean departing from La Gomera, Canary Islands hoping to arrive at English Harbour, Antigua within 35 days as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. (Via).

December 22nd is a very important date throughout Spain, being the date of the annual Christmas Lottery, the largest in the world, El Gordo.

Christmas, of course, falls in December, being celebrated, traditionally in Tenerife, on Christmas Eve, December 24th with a family meal and get together, although this is not typically when the gifts are given. That waits until January.

On December 25th, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra is once again offering their annual Christmas Concert, held at 9 pm alongside the Port of Santa Cruz.

December 28th, the Day of the Innocent Saints is the Spanish equivalent to “April Fools Day” and, that brings us right round to New Years Eve.

Other celebrations listed for December include:
  • San Silvestre and Hermano Pedro: 4th week of December in La Sombrera, Fasnia
  • Fiestas of La Inmaculada in Charco del Pino on 8th December
  • Fiestas of Santa Lucía in Granadilla on 13th December
  • Fiestas of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza in San Isidro on 18th December
  • Santa Lucía: The Sunday nearest to 13 December in Fonsalía
  • Santa Bárbara, 4 December in Santa Bárbara
  • Santa Lucía, 13 December in Las Canales
  • Virgen de la O, 18 December in Buen Paso
  • Christmas Festival, 24 December in La Caridad, Tacoronte
  • Nativity, 24 December, Barranco de San Juan, Tacoronte
  • Ntra. Sra. Inmaculada Concepción: 8 December in Vliaflor de Chasna

Tenerife in November 2023

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles y Convento de San Francisco. Garachico

The month begins with a public holiday on November 1 for Todos los Santos (All Saints), when it’s customary to visit the tombs of one’s departed.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Air Show on Sunday, November 5

An Air Show will take place over Las Teresitas beach on Sunday, November 5. This will be the first time that such an event takes place in the municipality of Santa Cruz and, especially, the surroundings of the capital's beach. This public event is organized by the Canary Islands Air Command and will feature the participation of the well-known Patrulla Águila (literally Eagle Patrol, Spain's equivalent to the Red Arows) and the Patrulla Acrobática de Paracaidismo del Ejército del Aire (Air Force Parachute Acrobatic Team). There will be the support of the Spanish Navy in the maritime area near the beach. In the planned program, the display of the Parachute Acrobatic Team will focus on the interior of the beach, where its members will land in an area conveniently delimited for this purpose. 

II Ruta del Barraquito

Santiago del Teide Council has organised the second edition of the Barraquito Route 2023, an initiative that is part of the commemoration events of the 114 years since the eruption of the Chinyero volcano.

The Barraquito Route will take place from the 13th to the 19th of this month and will have the participation of a total of 13 participating restaurant establishments located in the towns of Santiago del Teide (urban area), Arguayo and Tamaimo. Through this initiative promoted by the Council, the participating establishments will offer, for a week, all kinds of creative proposals of what has been established for years as one of the most popular hot drinks containing coffee in the Archipelago and, above all, from Tenerife.

Tenerife Rally Calendar 2023: Icod-La Guancha Hill Climb, November 3-4; and Arona-La Escalona Hill Climb, November 24-25

On November 29th, the eve of St. Andrew’s Day, the Fiestas of San Andres are celebrated in Icod de los Vinos, with an event unique to the Canary Islands, the Tablas de San Andrés – kinda kamikaze sledding down steep streets on boards. Meanwhile in Puerto de la Cruz, their celebrations are popularly known as the Fiestas of Pots or Chestnuts. Kids drag strings of tin cans and scrap metal around the streets to make as much noise as possible and the “Castañada” (chestnut feast) is held in the town’s main Plaza del Charco square.

There is just one municipal holiday in Tenerife in November:
  • 25 Nov: Festividad de Santa Catalina in Tacoronte
Romerías in November include:
  • Romería del Volcán – Santiago del Teide (date to be confirmed)
Other celebrations in November include:
  • Fiestas of San Andrés: in La Hidalga and El Carretón, in Arafo
  • San Martin de Porres: 3rd November in Cabo Blanco, Arona
  • San Andrés: November country fiesta in Monte de la Zarza, in Fasnia
  • Fiestas del Volcán: Third weekend of November in Guía de Isora
  • San Andrés Apóstol. 29-30 November in Icod de los Vinos
  • Santa Catalina, Third Sunday in November in La Guancha
  • Fiestas de San Andrés, 29th - 30th November in La Guancha
  • Fiestas de San Andrés, 29th - 30th November in La Orotava
  • Santa Cecilia: 3rd or 4th week of November in Los Silos
  • San Andrés: 29 Nov to 6 Dec in La Caleta de Interián
  • Fiesta del Cacharro y la Castaña 29 November in Puerto de la Cruz
  • Los Santitos 1 Nov in San Juan de la Rambla  
  • Pan por Dios in San José, 1 Nov
  • San Andrés: 30 November in San Juan de la Rambla
  • Santa Cecilia: November in San Miguel de Abona
  • Romería de Chineyro: November in Las Manchas, Santiago del Teide
  • San Andrés: 30 November in Vilaflor de Chasna

Tenerife Land of Eternal Christmas

Sunbathing SantaDesert Island ChristmasScuba Diving SantaTropical Santa
Santa's Having a Whale of a TimeSurfing SantaWaterski SantaCamel Rodeo Santa
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