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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Comparsa - Danzarines Canarios



The comparsas give you the spirit of carnival and while the galas, the opening parade and the main parade are all well known events, one you may have missed out on is the Ritmo y Armonía (Rhythm and Harmony) Comparsas Contest that takes place on the Saturday night of carnival that next year will take place on Saturday, 2 March 2019.

Here is just one of the comparsas from carnival earlier this year.

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Danzarines Canarios | Ritmo y Armonía | SC de Tenerife 2018

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Candidate for Carnival Queen in 2018, Luna



Luna Hibner | Gala de elección de la Reina | SC de Tenerife 2018

As we count down to carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019, let's take a last look at one of the candidates for carnival queen in 2018 and her magnificent costume.

The gala to elect the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2019 is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. The inauguration takes place on 1 February 2019 and carnival takes to the streets on 1 March 2019.

All dates are liable to change beyond our control

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ritmo y Armonía Comparsa - Tabajaras



The comparsas give you the spirit of carnival and while the galas, the opening parade and the main parade are all well known events, one you may have missed out on is the Ritmo y Armonía (Rhythm and Harmony) Comparsas Contest that takes place on the Saturday night of carnival that next year will take place on Saturday, 2 March 2019.

Here is just one of the comparsas from carnival earlier this year.

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Tabajaras | Ritmo y Armonía | SC de Tenerife 2018

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Life size nativity in La Orotava, Tenerife



Every year in front of the town hall in La Orotava, a magnificent life-size nativity is erected.

Belen a tamaño Natural en La Orotava, Tenerife

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Nativity displays in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



One of the things you must do in the run up to Christmas in Tenerife, is to seek out some of the Belén (Nativity) displays. Here is one from Santa Cruz last year.

Belén de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017 & 2018

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Candidate for Carnival Queen in 2018, Rocío



Rocío Pérez Dorta | Gala de elección de la Reina | SC de Tenerife 2018

As we count down to carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019, let's take a last look at one of the candidates for carnival queen in 2018 and her magnificent costume.

The gala to elect the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2019 is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. The inauguration takes place on 1 February 2019 and carnival takes to the streets on 1 March 2019.

All dates are liable to change beyond our control

To ensure you see posts as we count down to Tenerife Carnival 2019subscribe to our news feedSubscribe to Secret Tenerife by Email or like and follow our facebook page.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Rally Sprint Santiago del Teide

Santiago del Teide

New on the rally calendar this year, taking place on Saturday 8 December 2018 is the Rally Sprint Santiago del Teide. The Rally Sprint-Race of Champions is to be a meeting of Canarian and national rally and hillclimb champions and is being run on a section of the road in Arguayo that has already served in previous rallies.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Tenerife Fiestas in December 2018

The North Pole depicted in Tenerife

December begins with two National public holidays: on Thu 6 December for Día de la Constitución Española (Constitution Day) and Sat 8 December for Inmaculada Concepción (The Immaculate Conception). Many are bound to take the day off on Fri 7 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.

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, Tue 25 December 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 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.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

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