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Even with the start of the 'new normality' on 21 June 2020, popular fiestas and most large gatherings and events are still prohibited and social distancing guidelines still in force. Dates listed on this site, therefore, are still subject to cancellation or change and we will update, where we can, when any new information is made available.

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Thursday, December 03, 2020

Second Maid of Honour to the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Second Maid of Honour: Laura García Repo

Second Maid of Honour to the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020 was Laura García Repo with the design ‘El secreto de Lola’ (Lola's Secret) by Borja Abreu, representing rum distiller, Ron la Indiana.

There will be no Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021, although the City Council is working with the Carnival groups in the design of some activities that can maintain the spirit of the festivities during the weeks in which it should have been celebrated

Laura García Repo | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

"A night of Carnivals of the World", chosen as the official poster of Carnival 2021

The winning poster is the work of designer, Sandro Morales Burcio, who lives in La Laguna

Una noche de Carnavales del Mundo” (A Night of Carnivals of the World), an oil on canvas, has been chosen as the official poster for Carnival 2021 by popular vote. The winning poster, the work of the Extremaduran designer who lives in La Laguna, Sandro Morales Burcio, got 19.47% of the 3,380 votes cast through the internet.

The result of the vote was announced this Tuesday in the Plenary Hall of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, in an act in which the mayor of the city, José Manuel Bermúdez, and the Councilor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, accompanied by the artist. Bermúdez pointed out that “we already said at the time of the suspension that we were going to try to keep the flame of carnival burning in 2021, the theme chosen for which was Carnavales del Mundo (Carnivals of the World), which appears very well reflected in the poster; so I want to congratulate Sandro for his work”, adding that “Mauro didn't know what he was coming to the town hall for today and it was here that he found out that he had been chosen”.

The creator of the winning poster obtains a prize of 1,500 euros. The artwork will become the property of the Autonomous Organization of Festivities and Recreational Activities (OAFAR), which will soon seek a prominent place for it in the Casa del Carnaval.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnaval Poster 2021

Solidarity Christmas Marathon #YoSoyNavidad

Solidarity Christmas Marathon #YoSoyNavidad

Femete Federación provincial de empresas del metal y nuevas tecnologías de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Provincial Federation of companies in metal and new technologies of Santa Cruz de Tenerife), a non-profit organization in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, has organised the I Maratón Navideño Solidario (Solidarity Christmas Marathon). 

The objective of this campaign is so companies and individuals can gift new toys and non-perishable food to needy families, through entities such as Cáritas, Cruz Roja (Red Cross) and Aldeas Infantiles (SOS Children's Villages). Between December 1 to 18 (incl), you can donate toys or non-perishable foods by leaving them at the Femete headquarters (Calle Mazo 7, Polígono Industrial de Los Majuelos, La Laguna), from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. where the material will be stored, in strict compliance with the anti-COVID security protocols. Subsequently, Femete will deliver the gifts on December 21 to the entities that will guarantee their delivery to the final recipient person or family. 

This Femete initiative is developed within the #YoSoyResponsable initiative that aims to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) scheduled for 2030. The 1st Solidarity Christmas Marathon #YoSoyNavidad also aims to promote the consumption of local products (in the case of food, those with a certificate of production in the Canary Islands or with an ecological certificate) and the consumption of handmade toys or from Canarian shops and produced with sustainable materials such as wood or recycled cardboard.


Frangollo, a Canarian Dessert

Frangollo, a Canarian Dessert

Frangollo is one of the Canarian desserts par excellence, more so on the island of Tenerife. Milk, cornmeal, lemon, eggs, sugar, butter, raisins, almonds and cinnamon are fundamental ingredients, although there are areas of the archipelago where it is made with water instead of milk and others ingredients such as matalaúva (anise), are added. Good any time, but with the flavours of the dried fruits and liqueur, this is perfect for the Christmas season.


200 gr. Frangollo (Cornmeal)
1 L. of whole milk
1 Cinnamon stick
Rind of a Lemon
30 gr. of butter
2 egg yolks
5 tablespoons of sugar
60 gr. of Raisins 
60 gr. Almond
Liqueur to taste (optional)
Honey, or better Miel de Palma (optional)


Marinate the raisins in liquor - like Ron Miel (honey rum) - or water until you need them.

Peel the almonds, roast them in the oven until they are golden brown, then grind them.

Put the milk in a pan with the cinnamon stick and the lemon peel and heat until it starts to boil. Remove the cinnamon stick and the lemon and add the Frangollo (cornmeal) and stir vigorously so that there are no lumps. Add the butter and sugar and stir until it starts to boil again, once it has boiled, lower the heat to a minimum. Leave it until it forms like a thick cream (approx 25-30 min), stirring from time to time to avoid sticking.

Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly, add the two egg yolks and beat quickly so that they do not curdle with the heat.

Strain raisins to remove excess water or liquor and add them along with the ground almonds.

Stir well and serve in individual bowls, it is usually finished with a little honey or Miel de Palma, although it is optional. It can be eaten either hot and cold.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Tenerife Fiestas in December 2020

Inmaculada Concepción (The Immaculate Conception)

December begins with two National public holidays: on Mon 7 December - Monday in lieu as 6 December falls on a Sunday - for Día de la Constitución Española (Constitution Dayand Tue 8 December for Inmaculada Concepción (The Immaculate Conception). The four days, including the weekend, make un puente (translates to bridge) or short break.

Naturally, most of December's events in Tenerife are to do with Christmas.

It's customary to put up Christmas decorations on the weekend closest to 8 December, but the holiday period always kicks off proper with El Gordo (The Fat One), the Spanish Christmas Lottery, which is drawn on 22 December each year, with kids singing out the numbers drawn during a five-hour televised spectacular that is eagerly awaited. 

Christmas Day, Fri 25 December is a Public holiday. For Canarians, this is often recovery day after a big [limited this year] family gathering on Christmas Eve that involved a whole barbecued goat kid and lots of turrón and other traditional Christmas sweets.

Boxing Day isn't a tradition nor a holiday in Spain or the Canaries.

There are no municipal public holidays in December.

On 28 December, beware of El Día de Los Santos Inocentes (Day of the Innocent Saints), the Spanish equivalent of April Fool's Day. The press will publish even more fake news than usual. One of our favourites was Viking Ship Discovered on Las Teresitas.

And that, of course, brings us to the end of the year and New Year's Eve, although this year, it will undoubtedly be without the usual huge gatherings and parties in town squares.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Santa Cruz Christmas Craft Market

Christmas Market in the Tenerife Capital

Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has opened the application period for stalls for the annual Christmas and Three Kings Craft Market for 2020-2021. The market is usually held between 2nd and 5th January. More details when these become available.

The Christmas Lights switch on in Tenerife

Christmas Lights on the Calle Carrera, La Orotava

Tenerife always does Christmas lights spectacularly, but this year, towns have pulled out all the stops to add a little extra, not only to encourage people to shop in local stores, but also to bring some joy into people's lives - and we surely deserve some. Many towns have switched on their Christmas lights this weekend, so here  are various posts and articles about the Christmas lights in Santa Cruz, La Laguna, La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz. 

Click on the links below to see the photos and videos: 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Spanish Government's proposals for Christmas: dinners for six and a curfew at 1am on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Christmas dinners for six and a curfew at 1am on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

After an atypical year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is obvious that this Christmas will not be like other years, as political leaders and health experts have been warning. The Spanish Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has this week indicated that each Autonomous Community "will have to make [their own] decisions" about Christmas, depending on the epidemiological situation of the coronavirus in the region and has stressed that the measures that the Government issues for these holidays will always be "recommendations".

The Spanish Government's proposals for the Christmas season, include limiting social interactions to a maximum of six people, advises against Three Kings Parades, and the only restriction that would be relaxed is the curfew until 1:00 a.m. on December 24 and 31. 

These details were published before they were discussed this Wednesday at the meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System - with some expressing regret that Health had "leaked" their plan before debating it. The final recommendations are postponed, at least, until next week, when it is debated again in the Council. 

However, family reunions will continue to be limited to a maximum of six non-cohabitating people. The Department of Health continues to recommend limiting participation to family members who already coexist, remembering that it is "in the social sphere, in meetings of non-cohabiting family and friends", where most outbreaks of infections have occurred.

Social and family gatherings

Regarding the meetings of non-cohabitants, the draft recommends avoiding or minimizing social encounters and if they are held, that they be "preferably outside", while insisting that what they have called the "6M" guaranteed, this is, the usual prevention measures.

These 6M are: mask (use of mask as much as possible); manos (hands) (frequent hand washing); meters (maintenance of physical distance); maximize ventilation and outdoor activities (keep windows and doors open when safe and feasible based on temperature); minimize number of contacts (preferably always the same); and me quedo en casa (stay at home if you have symptoms, a diagnosis or possible contact with someone with COVID-19).

The draft also insists that those people diagnosed with COVID-19 and are still in the period of transmissibility; have symptoms of COVID-19; are waiting for the results of a diagnostic test; or they may have been exposed to someone with coronavirus in the past 14 days do not attend any family or social gathering.

On the dates when many may travel, the document proposes that "those trips that are not strictly necessary" be avoided and recalls that in the case of traveling from abroad, the obligation to present a negative PCR carried out in the 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain and also recommends following the usual security measures.

As for university students who return home for the holidays, the draft recommends "that they limit social interactions on the days before they return home and that they take extra precautionary measures." And in addition, it indicates that they limit their contacts once at home, and interact especially outdoors and wear masks.

Without Parades of Kings

The Government recalls that events such as the Three Kings Parade and other events where there are usually crowds, involve situations of "high risk" of transmission, so it does not recommend their celebration. In the case of parades, it advises that alternatives be considered that guarantee compliance with hygiene and prevention regulations.

Other types of events held in specific squares or places, such as Nativity scenes or Christmas concerts, where access and interpersonal distance can be controlled, can be maintained while respecting a 50% capacity.

Christmas markets can be organized keeping to the capacity established in each autonomous community and provided they are outdoors and the safety distance can be maintained.

Other Christmas Activities

For other traditional Christmas activities that are held in cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, circus tents or similar, they can be carried out respecting the current capacity in each autonomous community. Even so, the Government indicates that when possible, these activities are carried out outdoors and within the safe distance.

Religious ceremonies in closed spaces will follow the capacity rules established in each autonomy, as long as the safety distance can be maintained. However, during the celebration of the religious act it is recommended not to sing and to use prerecorded music.

The traditional Misa del Gallo (Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve) could be celebrated as long as it does not interfere with the curfew. The document suggests that online or television services may be offered as an alternative.

El plan del Gobierno para la Navidad: cenas de seis personas y toque de queda a la 1 en Nochebuena y Nochevieja

Saturday, November 28, 2020

The tradition of the Tablas de San Andrés

Tablas de San Andrés in olden times

The festival of Las Tablas de San Andrés in the town of Icod de los Vinos has nothing to do with the saint of the same name, but is thus known because it is celebrated on November 29 and 30, which is the day of San Andrés (St Andrew's Day) and has become a popular custom. Originally, spread by word of mouth, with the day of San Andrés taken as a reference, which is why, even today, it's known as Las Tablas de San Andrés.

The story goes that this fiesta originated from an anecdotal event: Tenerife is an island characterized by its unevenness and in some areas the slopes are steeper and in Icod de los Vinos especially. The town was well known throughout the islands for its winemaking tradition and the winemakers of old had the custom of washing the wine barrels in the sea because they said that the salt water eliminated the acids from the interior.

At that time there was no transport that allowed the barrels to be carried downhill to the sea, so they lowered them, either rolling or on some boards which slid until they reached the area near the sea. The boards also protected the barrels from possible blows that they might suffer on the way. This simple fact of going downhill with the barrel on top of a board was what caught the attention of the youngters, who turned it into a game that, little by little, became the event that is known today. The barrels are no longer transported in this manner, because over the years other more modern means began to be used, but people continue to take to the boards on the most vertiginous slopes [except this year, sadly].

This festival has become so popular that it receives visits from curious tourists who just want to see or to participate like the locals, which is why the municipality has designated specific points to make the descents in order not to create disorder or accidents.

Friday, November 27, 2020

La Orotava Christmas Lights switch on today

Christmas Lights and Nativity in La Orotava

La Orotava is switching on their Christmas Lights today, Friday 27 November, at 7pm, which you can follow on the Town Hall's facebook page. Then from 19:30 to 22hrs, the Nativity display in front of the town hall will be opened to the public.

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