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Tenerife in December 2023

Oranges for Christmas

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.

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 in October 2023

Grapes in the Ycoden-Daute-Isora Wine Region, the most ancient wine region in Spain.

There is one public holiday this month on October 12 for the Fiesta Nacional de España (National Day of Spain), also known as Día de la Hispanidad.

The Tenerife fire forces the Pinolere Fair to be postponed again: new dates will be announced. The much awaited Feria de Artesanía de Pinolere (Pinolere Craft Fair), this year in its 38th Edition that had to be posponed because of the forest fire, will now take place on 6, 7 & 8 October 2023 at the Museo y Parque Etnográfico Pinolere (Pinolere Museum and Ethnographic Park) in the Valle de la Orotava, Calle Alzados Guanches, s/n, 38310 Pinolere, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 170 artisans from all over the Archipelago will participate in the fair that fuses art, tradition and design. This year's theme pays homage to the Craftsmen Builders of Timples of the Canary Islands, but also features artisans and ancestral customs in Pottery – Embroidery – Fretwork – Carpentry – Ceramics – Chandeliers – Wicker baskets – Cosmetics – Cutlery – Fabric decoration – Binding – Enamel – Canarian art and design – Felt – Crochet – Musical instruments – Soap making – Cages – Jewellery – Toys – Macramé – Leather goods – Miniaturist – Modelling – Dressmaking – Dolls – Goldsmithing – Paper and cardboard – Cigars – Recycling materials – Weaving – Wood turning – Traditional costumes – Stained glass window – Shoe store – Bag shop.

La Librea de Valle Guerra - which includes a re-enactment of the naval battle of Lepanto - is held once a year on the Saturday nearest to 7 October (the 7th is a Sat in 2023) in Valle de GuerraSan Cristóbal de La Laguna.

Around October 25th, Buenavista del Norte celebrates it’s main annual fiestas around the central plaza of the town, with a calendar of events in honour of the town’s patron, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our Lady of the Remedies), who is supposed to have seen off a plague of locusts that devastated the area in 1659.

The Fiestas Patronales Ntra. Sra. de la Encarnación y Santa Úrsula in Adeje includes a Romería celebrated in the Calle Grande in honour of the patrons of Adeje: Santa Úrsula, the Virgen de la Encarnación and San Sebastián. Residents and visitors come together on the second or third Sunday of the month of October to partake in Canarian folklore and gastronomy.

The the Feria de la Almendra (Almond Fair), known as La Gran Majada, in AripeGuía de Isora is said to take place around the end of October.

It's not The Walking Dead, but zombies will invade La Laguna
The historic centre of La Laguna will host the celebration of a new edition of the Zombie Walk, on Tuesday, 31 October 2023 a fun event aimed at audiences of all ages.

As part of All Saints' Eve, Halloween, the Plaza del Adelantado will host the free makeup tents, open to the public from 5:00 p.m. to convert anyone who wants to participate in the fourth edition of the Zombie Walk into zombies, or "living dead" popularized by cinema, television, comics and fantasy literature. (You can also participate dressed in costume and make up from home.) The Plaza will be the starting point of the “zombie march”, which begins at 8:00 p.m. with a route towards the Plaza de la Concepción, through Calle Obispo Rey Redondo and back to the starting point on Calle Herradores. After the parade, prizes will be awarded in the Plaza del Adelantado.

Municipal holidays in October in Tenerife:
  • 2 Oct: Festividad del Santísimo Cristo de la Salud in Arona
  • 9 Oct: Festividad de Santa Úrsula in Adeje
  • 16 Oct: Festividad del Santísimo Cristo del Calvario in El Tanque
  • 21 Oct: Festividad de Santa Úrsula in Santa Úrsula
  • 25 Oct: Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios in Buenavista del Norte
  • 7 Oct: Tamaimo Hill Climb
  • 14 Oct: Isla Tenerife Rally
  • 21 Oct: San Miguel Hill Climb
  • 28 Oct: Historic Tenerife Rally
Romerías in October include:
  • Romería in Honour of Santa Úrsula – Adeje (date to be confirmed)

The fiestas listed as being celebrated in October include:

  • Cristo de la Salud & Ntra. Sra. del Rosario 1st Sunday in Arona
  • Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación 2nd or 3rd Sunday, in Adeje
  • Nuestra Señora de los Remedios on 24th in Buenavista del Norte
  • Nuestra Señora del Rosario around 7 October in El Rosario
  • Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, 2nd Sunday of October in Las Rosas, Lomo Pelado and Las Barreras in El Rosario
  • Fiestas of Cristo del Calvario around 15 to 20 October in El Tanque
  • Nuestra Señora del Rosario 2nd week of October in Fasnia
  • Fiesta de la Misericordia around 5th in Garachico
  • San Francisco de Asís in El Desierto, Granadilla on 4th October
  • Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Chimiche, Granadilla on 12th October
  • Fiestas of El Picacho in El Médano, Granadilla 28th October
  • Virgen del Pilar, 12 October in Las Lajas, Icod de Los Vinos
  • San Nicolás y Virgen del Rosario, 23rd in La Vega, Icod de Los Vinos
  • Octava del Cristo, last Sunday in El Calvario, Icod de Los Vinos
  • San Lucas, Second half of October in Las Cucharas, La Guancha
  • Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, 22 - 24 October in La Guancha
  • Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Third week of October in La Guancha
  • La Librea, October in Valle de Guerra, La Laguna
  • La Milagrosa: October in Erjos, Los Silos
  • El Rosario in La Rambla and San José, San Juan de la Rambla
  • Cristo de la Villa 2nd week of October in San Juan de la Rambla
  • San Esteban 2nd half of October in Las Zocas, San Miguel de Abona
  • Fiestas Patronales of Santa Úrsula Mártir on 21st in Santa Úrsula
  • Ntra. Señora del Pilar 12 October in Las Manchas, Santiago del Teide
  • Ntra. Señora de El Rosario, 1st week of October, Las Lajas, Tacoronte
  • Ntra. Sra. del Pilar 12 October in of La Escalona, Vilaflor de Chasna
In most cases any date(s) listed will be the dates of the 'observation' of the fiesta. Any events may take place around those dates. Further information should be sought from the respective town halls and via their social media.

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 September 2023

Brilliant Bougainvillea

There are no public holidays in September, but still plenty to fill your days:

Oktoberfest 50th Anniversary Puerto de la Cruz 🎉

Oktoberfest Puerto de la Cruz returns in style although ... this year is not just any year, the event is celebrating its 50th birthday and the organisers want the Plaza de Europa to be a real party. Don't be shy and bring your typical German costume, your Beer stein (if not, they'll help you with that), your dog, your friends ... All are invited to the OLDEST beer party IN SPAIN!

📆 September 1, 2 and 3 Oktoberfest #PuertodelaCruz in the Plaza de Europa Oktoberfest Puerto de la Cruz

(The annual Pinolere Craft Fair that was due to take place at the beginning of September, has had to be posponed due to the forest fire and will now be taking place in October.)

The Carnaval de Verano de Canarias 2023 (The Summer Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz) is between 5 and 10 Sep 2023. This is the eighth edition - we were at the first in 2016 - and a whole host of events are planned, as you can see in the program listings here. There's a Carnival Parade along the Avenida de Cristobal Colón to the Plaza de los Reyes Catolicos on Sunday, 10 September at 5pm. Altogether too touristy for my taste, but I guess that's the entire point of this event, merely to sell the winter carnival to summer visitors.

On September 7th, is the annual Romería del Socorro (part of the Fiesta de San Pedro) from the Plaza de San Pedro in Güimar to the Playa del Socorro.

September 8th is the main date of the Fiestas de la Luz in Los Silos, in honour of the patroness of the town, Nuestra Señora de la Luz, celebrated since 1722. The day starts at 10 a.m. with mass, Eucharist at 12 mid-day, followed by a Romeria (procession through the streets). In the past, these fiestas included a curious floral offering made by divers to an underwater Icon off the coast.

The Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna are held every September 14th in the city of La Laguna, which turns out to show its devotion to the Santísimo Cristo (Holy Christ), one of the most venerated icons on the island. Parades, processions, street parties and fireworks are part of the celebrations. On the Eve of the Fiestas, 13th September, events begin at two in the afternoon with the traditional food of the Gofio party in the wash houses next to the Plaza del Cristo. At 8 p.m. the Pandorga and the Caballitos de Fuego (Fire Horses) parade through the streets of the old town; Starting at 9:30 p.m., the so-called Night of Traditions will begin, in the Plaza del Cristo and once midnight arrives, it will be the turn of the traditional fireworks, which will be fired as always from El Risco de San Roque.

Festival Boreal. Music and other arts. Diversity and Sustainability. The eco-festival of reference in the Atlantic is taking place this year on 21 to 24 Sep 2023. Every year in September, Los Silos hosts this event to highlight the importance of caring for and respecting the environment. The stretch of coast that belongs to the municipality is the setting for several activities, including turtle releases, recycling workshops, concerts, market stalls and an eco-tourism fair. More details on Festival Boreal 2023.

La Librea (Livery) in Tegueste had taken place in September, once every 3 years and was reported to be due in 2023, 2026 and 2029. However, it took place after a 4 year gap in 2022 - so actually, we can't now be sure when it will be. It represents the defence of the island against the continuous attacks and plundering of pirates that took place during the 17th century and involves a mock battle between the "goodies" and "baddies" in beautiful ox-drawn carts made to look like galleons.

September also sees the annual Ruta Nocturna del Hermano Pedro (an evening walk to Saint Hermano Pedro‘s cave, near Tenerife South Airport, which he used as a watering hole for his flock. This year's 18th Edition of the event takes place on Friday, 15 Sept 2023, from 8:30pm, coinciding with the beginning of the festivities in honour of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes de Roja, in the coastal neighbourhood of El Médano. The theme chosen for this year is Emigration, so there will be a projection of related photographs; Theatre and music also awaits at the end of the walk. Registration is essential due to capacity and safety issues. 

The annual fiestas in the village of El Palmar, Buenavista del Norte, begin on the third weekend of September each year, on the Friday night and include the unique dance of Las Libreras on day 2, the Saturday night. The 10-day event culminates on the 4th Sunday of the month with the Día de la Trilla (Threshing Day).

Icod abandons beauty pageants during the Fiestas del Cristo. Mayor, Javier Sierra, explains that this type of contest perpetuates sexist and little inclusive behaviour. The municipality of Icod de los Vinos joins the trend of many towns in Spain, such as Candelaria in Tenerife, and Santa Cruz de La Palma, or Betanzos in La Coruña and Quesada in Jaén, among others, to put the celebration of beauty contests within festivities firmly in the past, as explained in a statement from the council.

In the month of September of this year, the election of the queen of the September Festivities in honour of the Santísimo Cristo del Calvario (Christ of Calvary) will be replaced by other inclusive celebrations that highlight local talent, the dissemination of inclusive and non-sexist values and that highlight heritage and culture.

Municipal holidays in Tenerife in September:
  • 7 Sep: Festividad de Nuestra Señora del Socorro in Güímar
  • 8 Sep: Festividad de Nuestra Señora de la Luz in Los Silos
  • 8 Sep: Festividad de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios in Tegueste
  • 8 Sep: Festividad de Nuestra Señora de Abona in Arico
  • 11 Sep: Festividad de San José in San Juan de la Rambla
  • 14 Sep: Festividad del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna in La Laguna
  • 18 Sep: Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte in Guía de Isora
  • 29 Sep: Festividad de San Miguel Arcángel in San Miguel de Abona

Romerías in September include:
  • 07/09/23 Bajada de la Virgen El Socorro – Güímar
  • 08/09/23 Subida de la Virgen del Socorro – Güímar
  • 24/09/23 Romería de San José – San Juan de la Rambla
  • Romería de San Miguel Arcángel- San Miguel de Abona (date to be confirmed)

Fiestas in September include:
  • Virgen del Campo: 2nd week of September in Fañabé
  • Nuestra Señora de Abona: 8th September in Arico
  • Virgen de Las Mercedes: in Porís de Abona, 24th September in Arico
  • San Miguel de Tajao: 29th September in Arico
  • El Carmen: Los Cristianos on the 1st Sunday of September
  • San Jerónimo: Second weekend in September in Teno Alto
  • Virgen de la Consolación: Second half of September, featuring the Baile de las Libreas, in El Palmar
  • San Nicolás: 10th September in San Nicolás, El Sauzal
  • San José, third weekend in September in El Tanque
  • Nuestra Señora del Carmen: 4th week of September in Las Eras, Fasnia
  • Fiestas of San Blas in Los Abrigos during the 2nd week of September.
  • Fiestas of Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes de Rojas in El Médano during the 3rd week of September.
  • Nuestra Señora del Rosario y La Milagrosa: First Sunday in September in Tejina, Guía de Isora.
  • Feria de Artesanía: (Craft Fair) Second Sunday of September in Guía de Isora
  • Fiestas de Nuestra Señora de La Luz y Cristo de la Dulce Muerte: 2nd and 3rd Sunday of September in Guía de Isora
  • Bajada de Nuestra Señora de El Socorro and Romería del Socorro: 7-8 September in Güímar, thought to be the oldest romería the Canary Islands. 
  • Virgen de las Angustias, 14 September in Las Angustias, Icod de los Vinos
  • Santísimo Cristo del Calvario, last Sunday of September in Icod de los Vinos
  • Nuestra Señora de Guía: 8th September in La Matanza de Acentejo
  • Nuestra Señora de La Caridad del Cobre: 11 September, in La Victoria de Acentejo
  • Nuestra Señora de La Luz: 8 September, in Los Silos
  • Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna: 14 September
  • Santa Rosalía in Las Rosas: First weekend in September in San Juan de la Rambla
  • San José: Second weekend of September in September in San Juan de la Rambla
  • Romería en Honor a San José: 3rd weekend of September in September in San Juan de la Rambla
  • San Rafael: 29 September in September in San Juan de la Rambla
  • San Miguel Arcángel: around 29 September in San Miguel de Abona
  • San Joaquín y La Paz: End of September in Tamaimo
  • Nª Señora de La Luz, first week of September in Tacoronte
  • Fiestas de El Cristo, September, Plaza de El Cristo in Tacoronte
  • Nuestra Señora de los Remedios - 8 September. Celebrated throughout the municipality, activities include La Librea, every three years in Tegueste
  • Nuestra Señora del Socorro - The grand fiestas of El Socorro, in honor of their patron, takes place at the end of September in Tegueste

  • 9 Sep: Rallyesprint Arico
  • 23 Sep: Los Loros Hill Climb
  • 30 Sep: Rallysprint Atogo