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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in Los Silos

Main square in Los Silos, Tenerife

San Antonio Abad: 3rd Sunday in January.
Fiestas in honour of San José: from 28 April to 1 May in San José.
Fiestas in honour of La Begoña: 1st week of May in Erjos.
Fiestas de Fátima: 13 May in Fátima.
Día de Canarias: 29 May, Baile de Magos in the Plaza del Calvario.
San Juan: from 23 to 25 June in La Caleta de Interián and San José.
San Bernardo: 20 July in San Bernardo.
Nuestra Señora de Lourdes: Ist week of August in the Barrio de La Tierra del Trigo.
Nuestra Señora de La Luz: 8 September.
La Milagrosa: October in Erjos.
Santa Cecilia: 3rd or 4th week of November.
San Andrés: from 29 November to 6 December in La Caleta de Interián.

Photo: By User talk:THORtenerife (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


The Weather in Los Silos, Tenerife


Monday, December 25, 2017

Annual Free Christmas Day Concert in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



On Christmas Day at 9pm in the evening, in the open air beside the port in Santa Cruz, the annual free Concierto de Navidad (Christmas Concert) by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) will be performed. This event is generally televised by RTVE each year and, is always a magnificent concert and wonderful seasonal gift.

XXIII CONCIERTO DE NAVIDAD ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE TENERIFE 2016

Watch the concert online here

Christmas in the sun and heat can't be properly Christmassy?

The road to a snowy Teide. Lots of people's dream of a white Christmas on Tenerife.

Many people will drive up to visit Mount Teide on Christmas Day, especially if there's some snow to play in. It's one of my favourite things to do at Christmas in Tenerife, because, especially on the northern routes, you'll climb past natural Christmas decorations, such as poinsettias blooming wild and real Christmas trees in the pine forests to get there. Stop at one of the bars for hot chocolate con churros and you will have truly reached nirvana, IMHO.

Anyone who thinks Christmas in the sun and heat can't be properly Christmassy clearly hasn't explored this side of Tenerife. I can't think of anywhere in the world more festive.

Writing ahead (no, I'm really not up early typing this on 25th December), we can't actually promise you snow for this Christmas Day, but we can show you this video of the spectacular snows that fell in the Parque Nacional de Las Cañadas del Teide in February 2016.



Friday, December 22, 2017

El Gordo makes millionaires today in Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife

A top prize in the Christmas Lottery, with number 71198, is won at the petrol station in Granadilla

El Gordo (The Fat One) - the top prize - in the Christmas Lottery in Spain was shared mostly in the provinces of Lugo and Málaga, but the Canaries were not entirely forgotten with one series of tickets with the winning number of 71.198 (worth four million euros) having been sold in both San Bartolomé (Lanzarote) and in Granadilla de Abona (Tenerife), the latter having been sold at the petrol station on the Autopista TF1.

El Gordo de la Lotería de Navidad, el 71198, cae en la gasolinera de Granadilla
El Gordo de Navidad, el 71.198

Spanish Christmas Lottery 22nd December

An El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery ticket from 2009

Drawn on 22nd December each year, the Spanish Christmas Lottery is the biggest lottery in the world and an exciting and eagerly-awaited kick-start to Christmas - especially for those who become millionaires! This year, there are 2,380 million euros in the El Gordo (The Fat One) prize pot. In this video, Tom Bacon explains how the whole El Gordo lottery works.



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in Los Realejos

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, Los Realejos

With the largest being the Fiestas de la Cruz with the famous annual firework battle on May 3rd, these are the main celebrations taking place in the district of Los Realejos.

San Vicente: 22 January
Carnival: February / March
Fiestas de las Cruces y Fuegos: 3 May
Romería de San Isidro: Last Sunday in May
Nuestra Señora del Carmen: 16 July
Santiago Apóstol: 25 July

Phtoto By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


The Weather in Los Realejos, Tenerife



Friday, December 15, 2017

Tenerife Carnival Kicks Off On Friday, 12 January 2018

Neon Carnaval sign in Calle del Castillo, de Santa Cruz, 2016

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2018 will start on Friday, January 12, with the inaugural act being the presentation of the candidates for Carnival Queen, just six days after Los Reyes (Three Kings Day).

In 2018, the children's murgas contest will be held on January 17, 18 and January 19; carnival groupings, 20th; adult murgas, 22, 23, 24 and 27; Children's Gala, the 28th; Gala of the Elderly, 31st; comparsas, on February 3; Rondallas, 4th; Gala Election of the Carnival Queen, 7th; Cabalgata, 9th; Coso, 13th; and Daytime Carnivals, February 11 and 17.

El Carnaval del próximo año arrancará el viernes 12 de enero

Image: By CARLOS TEIXIDOR CADENAS (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in La Victoria de Acentejo

Nuestra Señora de la Victoria in La Victoria de Acentejo

Fiestas celebrated in La Victoria include:

San Juan: 24 June
Santo Domingo de Guzmán and Nuestra Señora del Rosario: One week around 8 August
Nuestra Señora de La Encarnación: 17 August
Nuestra Señora de La Caridad del Cobre: 11 September

Photo By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


The Weather in La Victoria de Acentejo


Monday, December 11, 2017

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Christmas Schedule 2017-2018

Our Lady of Africa Market facade in Santa Cruz decorated for Christmas

From the website Fiestas Santa Cruz you can download this year's Christmas Schedule for the city in English. It contains listings of all the festive activities including markets, concerts, recitals, carol singing, nativities and more along with lots of lovely photos.

Download: CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2017-2018 (PDF).

Image: Diego Delso [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This Christmas in Tenerife visit the fascinating nativity displays

A scene from a Belén a Christmas tradition in Tenerife.

In the run up to Christmas in Tenerife, make some time to visit some of the holy model villages known as a belén, which is the Spanish name for Bethlehem, even though, much of the time Jesus, Mary and the rest of the holy family will have been transported to a local area of the Canary Islands. Full marks for making it relevant, I suppose. There are private ones and routes of them to go around and there are ones in every town hall, many public buildings, as well as shopping malls and stores. Some are model sized, such as this one modelling the Plaza de la Constitución in La Orotava. Others are life sized, as is this one constructed each year in the square in front of the town hall in La Orotava.



The Belen, A Christmas Tradition on Tenerife
On the Belen Trail in La Orotava

Friday, December 08, 2017

Santa Cruz de Tenerife illuminated for Christmas



In homes, it's traditional to put up Christmas decorations on the weekend nearest to 8th December. Of course, commercialism has brought them to the high street much earlier, but when the lights are as magical as these in the city of Santa Cruz, who's complaining?

Santa Cruz de Tenerife ilumina la Navidad


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in Icod de los Vinos

Buildings around the Plaza de la Pila in Icod de los Vinos


San Antonio Abad, 17 January in El Amparo
San Sebastián, 20 January, patron of the Local Police
Carnaval, January / February
Semana Santa, Holy Week, March / April
San Marcos Evangelista, 25 April
Cruz del Molino, 3 May in La Centinela
Santa Cruz and San Salvador, 3 May in Cruz del Camino
San Felipe Neri, 26 May in San Felipe
San Bernabé, 11 June in La Vega
San Antonio de Padua, 13 Jun in San Antonio
San Isidro Labrador, 15 June in La Mancha
San Juan Bautista, 23 June in Las Canales, El Amparo and Playa San Marcos
Virgen del Socorro, 27 June in Las Cañas
San Pedro y San Pablo, 29 June in Redondo
San Fermín, 7 July in Hoya Ana Díaz
Virgen de Fátima, 1st week of July in Cruz del Tronco and La Florida.
Virgen del Carmen, 17 July in Llanito Perera, Playa de San Marcos and Las Abiertas
Santa Ana, Santiago Apóstol and Virgen de la O, 22-26 July in Buen Paso
Virgen del Amparo, 5 August in El Amparo, with romería starting in the centre of the town
Santa Bárbara, last Sunday of August in Santa Bárbara
Virgen de las Angustias, 14 September in Las Angustias
Santísimo Cristo del Calvario, last Sunday of September in the center of the town
Virgen del Rosario, 7 October in Los Piquetes
Virgen del Pilar, 12 October in Las Lajas
San Nicolás y Virgen del Rosario, 23 October in La Vega
Octava del Cristo, last Sunday of October in El Calvario
San Andrés Apóstol. 29-30 November
Santa Bárbara, 4 December in Santa Bárbara
Santa Lucía, 13 December in Las Canales
Virgen de la O, 18 December in Buen Paso


The Weather in Icod de los Vinos



Monday, December 04, 2017

Tenerife towns fill with poinsettias for Christmas

Flor de pascua, the very festive poinsettia blooms wild in Tenerife at this time of year.

Every town and village will be decorated and parks, squares and verges planted with a plethora of bright and festive Flor de pascua (poinsettia) plants. In this video from 2012, it's mentioned that 45,000 of them are planted in the city of Santa Cruz alone and school kids from all over the island grow the seedlings and help with planting. Unfortunately, the plants are so attractive, that people steal them from the displays and in an effort to deter them, the plants are now planted directly in the soil and not in easy to carry off plant pots.





Friday, December 01, 2017

Tenerife Municipal Holidays 2018

Fiesta de la Cruz. Los Realejos. 2010

As well as the national, regional and island-wide public holidays for 2018, here is a list of local public holidays for next year in the thirty-one municipalities of Tenerife. Each individual municipality has these additional two holidays when town halls and businesses in that location will be closed and often the local main fiestas there are celebrated.

ADEJE.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
15 October: Festival of Santa Úrsula.

ARAFO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
27 August: Festival of San Bernardo.

ARONA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
8 October: Festival of Santísimo Cristo de la Salud.

ARICO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
8 September: Festival of Nuestra Señora de Abona.

BUENAVISTA DEL NORTE.
24 August: Festival of San Bartolomé.
25 October: Festival of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios.

CANDELARIA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
26 July: Festival of Santa Ana.

EL ROSARIO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
6 August: Festival of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza, Monday after the first Sunday in August.

EL SAUZAL.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
29 June: Festival of San Pedro Apóstol.

EL TANQUE.
31 August: Festival of Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje.
22 October: Festival of Santísimo Cristo del Calvario.

FASNIA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
20 August: Fiestas for the town’s patron.

GARACHICO.
26 July: Festival of Santa Ana.
16 August: Festival of San Roque.

GRANADILLA DE ABONA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
13 June: Festival of San Antonio de Padua.

GUÍA DE ISORA.
25 June: Festival of San Juan Bautista.
17 September: Festival of Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte.

GÜÍMAR.
29 June: Festival of San Pedro Apóstol.
7 September: Festival of Nuestra Señora del Socorro.

ICOD DE LOS VINOS.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
25 April: Festival of San Marcos Evangelista.

LA GUANCHA.
18 January: Festival of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza.
20 August: Monday of the Fiestas for the town’s patron.

LA MATANZA DE ACENTEJO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
6 August: Fiestas for the town’s patron.

LA OROTAVA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
7 June: 8th Day of Corpus Christi.

LA VICTORIA DE ACENTEJO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
3 September: Fiestas for the town’s patron.

LOS REALEJOS.
22 January: Festival of San Vicente.
3 May: Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

LOS SILOS.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
8 September: Festival of Nuestra Señora de la Luz.

PUERTO DE LA CRUZ.
3 May: Fiesta of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Commemoration of the Foundation of the City.
10 July: Festival of the Virgen del Carmen.

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LA LAGUNA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
14 September: Festival of Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna.

SAN JUAN DE LA RAMBLA.
24 June: Festival of San Juan Bautista.
10 September: Festival of San José.

SAN MIGUEL DE ABONA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
29 September: Festival of San Miguel Arcángel.

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
3 May: Festival of the Santa Cruz (Holy Cross).

SANTA ÚRSULA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
22 October: Festival of Santa Úrsula.

SANTIAGO DEL TEIDE.
16 July: Festival of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.
25 July: Festival of Santiago Apóstol.

TACORONTE.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
26 November: Festival of Santa Catalina.

TEGUESTE.
25 April: Festival of San Marcos Evangelista.
8 September: Festival of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.

VILAFLOR DE CHASNA.
23 April: Festival of Santo Hermano Pedro.
27 August: Festival of San Agustín and San Roque.

Fiestas Locales para el año 2018

Image: by Jose Mesa from island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (Fiesta de la Cruz. Los Realejos. 2010. 242P1510842) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Exhibition of Nativity Scenes in Puerto de la Cruz 2017



There's an exhibition of seven belenes - nativity scenes - on display from 1 December 2017 until 7 January 2018 at the Casa Ventoso (Old Augustine College) in the Plaza Concejil in Puerto de la Cruz. The exhibition is open all of those days, except 25 December and 1 January, from 10am to 1pm and from 4pm to 8pm. On 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, the exhibition will be open from 4pm to 8pm only. On 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 30 December at 8pm, there will be various folklore or Christmas performances.



Tenerife Fiestas in December 2017

Along with the countdown to Christmas, comes the excited wait to see if there will be snow on Teide.

December begins with two National public holidays: on Wed, 6th December for Día de la Constitución Española (Constitution Day) and Fri, 8th December for Inmaculada Concepción (The Immaculate Conception). I'm sure many people will take the day off on Thusday, 7th too and take what's known as un puente (translates to bridge) or short break.

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

The holiday period always kicks off proper with El Gordo (The Fat One), the Spanish Christmas Lottery, which is drawn on 22nd December each year, with kids singing out the results during a five-hour televised spectacular that is eagerly awaited. Very festive.

Christmas Day, Monday, 25th December 2017 will be a Public holiday. For Canarians, this is often recovery day after a big family gathering on Christmas Eve that involved a whole barbequed goat kid and lots of turrón and other traditional Christmas sweets.

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

There are no municipal public holidays in December.

On 28th 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.

Photo By Jens Steckert (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

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