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.