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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in Los Silos

Main square in Los Silos, Tenerife Photo: By User talk:THORtenerife (Own work) [Public domain]

  • 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: 1st week of August in 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.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Annual Christmas Day Concert in Santa Cruz

On Christmas Day at 9pm, 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.


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 drive up 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 promise you snow for 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.

Nevada de febrero Las Cañadas del Teide Tenerife

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 Navidad, el 71.198

Spanish Christmas Lottery 22nd December

An El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery ticket from 2009

On 22nd December each year, the Spanish Christmas Lottery is the biggest lottery in the world and an eagerly-awaited kick-start to Christmas - especially for those who become millionaires! In 2017 there were 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.

The Spanish Christmas Lottery

How the numbers are picked

Every 22nd December from 9am in the morning forty children aged 8 to 14 years old from the school 'Colegio de San Ildefonso' in Segovia, which was formerly an orphanage.

The children are called 'los niños de San Ildefonso' and in pairs they pick out small wooden numbered balls out of the two big golden drums that contain all 100.000 numbers. This lottery ceremony is called 'el soniquete de los Niños de San Ildefonso.'

One drum has the winning numbers and the other has the prize amounts. The children come forward in pairs and pick and sing out a lottery number from one drum, and then pick and sing out a prize amount for that number from the other drum.

The ceremony takes place at the 'Teatro Real de Madrid' and takes just over three hours. It's very sweet and Christmas in Spain just wouldn't be the same without it.

Naturally because of the money involved it's very exciting viewing if you have a ticket watching the winning numbers as they are called out.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in Los Realejos

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, Los Realejos
Photo By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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
  • Fiestasof the Crosses y Fireworks: 3 May
  • Romería de San Isidro: Last Sunday in May
  • Nuestra Señora del Carmen: 16 July
  • Santiago Apóstol: 25 July

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in La Victoria de Acentejo

Nuestra Señora de la Victoria in La Victoria de Acentejo
Photo By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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

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Monday, December 11, 2017

This Christmas in Tenerife 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

Friday, December 08, 2017

Santa Cruz 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 in the town centre
  • 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
  • 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

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Monday, December 04, 2017

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.

Las flores de Pascua adornan ya las ciudades

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
25 April: Festival of San Marcos Evangelista.

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

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

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

13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
3 September: Fiestas for the town’s patron.

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

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

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.

13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
14 September: Festival of Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna.

24 June: Festival of San Juan Bautista.
10 September: Festival of San José.

13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
29 September: Festival of San Miguel Arcángel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Thursday, 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