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Friday, December 01, 2017

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


Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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