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Tenerife in December 2021

Teide with snow and Canary Pines

December in 2021 has three public holidays: Monday, 6 December for Día de la Constitución Española (Spanish Constitution Day); Wednesday, 8 December for the Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception) - plenty of people will connect the two with an extra day on the Tuesday and take a puente (short break) - and, of course, Saturday, 25 December for Natividad del Señor (Christmas Day). This latter is still listed as one of the public holidays and there is no weekday off in lieu, because Saturday still counts as a normal working day in Spain, which still operates a six day working week.

As in previous years, there are no municipal holidays in December.

Almost twenty open and closed spaces will host the twelfth edition of Plenilunio (Full Moon Festival), which will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December, with about a hundred activities and with the longest hours in its history. On this occasion, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has worked to offer a program of activities for all audiences that ranges from 11 in the morning to 12 at night on both days, in the urban area from the García Sanabria Park to Francisco La Roche Avenue, and from the Maritime Park to the Almeida barracks.

The program includes the Chicharrock Fest, the sustainable urban festival that will combine sport, music and art and that will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, the concert of Los 40 Sonidos Sostenibles (Sustainable Sounds), from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and that will feature artists such as Ruts and La Isla Music among others, or the Alisios Pop Festival, which will start on Sunday at 5:00 p.m., all in the area of the esplanade of Avenida Marítima.

As is usual, this edition will also have a gastronomic space, located in the García Sanabria Park that will be open to the public from 11 in the morning to 12 at night. This area, in which some establishments such as La Esquina de Gamonal, Soko, Aiko Restaurante, Crepería Le Monde and Gourmet Pizza Party are participating, as well as food trucks such as La Pendeja or Frida, will coexist with a fashion market where local designers, boutiques, decoration stores, natural cosmetics, children's fashion, jewellery, beauty and furniture will be present, as well as some varied musical performances that will take place throughout the day.

Circus performances and concerts will take place in the Plaza del Príncipe from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., divided into two sections: the first from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a focus on the circus world show, and the second in the afternoon, starting at 5:00 p.m., focused on musical programming, which will feature performances by Los Vándalos, Syntagma and Fran Baraja, among others.

There will be activities for the enjoyment and fun of the little ones in the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena area, which will feature theatrical performances during the two days: Habemus Teatro, Komba Producciones or Timaginas Teatro, are among some of the companies that will present works aimed at a more adult audience. Also in the Plaza de la Candelaria area there will be a children's play area with a Christmas theme and musical and puppet shows aimed at the youngest members of the family.

The Plaza de España will have a traditional market and an area dedicated to Canarian traditions. In it you will be able to witness musical performances of Canaria parrandas, as well as exhibitions of traditional games. Antonio Domínguez Alfonso Street will feature acoustic and classical music performances in the space alongside the Church of La Concepción. These musical activities will go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Tenerife International Trade and Congress Centre hosts, fro 4-8 December, the XXXVII Regional Craft Fair

The president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, and the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, inaugurated the thirty-seventh edition of the Regional Handicraft Fair on Saturday, an appointment with the traditions that gathers more than 137 artisans and artisans from all the islands.

The Fair will remain open in the large hall of the centre until December 8 and can be visited from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and includes 74 stands on the island of Tenerife and 63 from the rest of the islands. Of them, 58% belong to women.

On Friday, 17 December 2022, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council inaugurates the Gastro Navidad Market, the annual Christmas craft and gastronomy markets in the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena, near the Plaza de España. More than 50 stalls of handmade products and 20 food stalls will be located in this area of the capital, some that will be open until after Los Reyes. Some of the stalls will be open to the public until Thursday, January 6 and Sunday, January 9, respectively. The craft market will be open every day, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except on 24 and 31, which will close at 5 p.m. On December 25 and January 1, it will open from 12 noon to 10 p.m., and on Three Kings Eve, 5 Jan, until 5 a.m. Stalls dedicated to gastronomic products will remain open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., except on Sundays, which will open at 12 noon, and both Saturdays and Sundays, which will close at 1:00 a.m.

The Asociación Belenista Taoro (Taoro Nativity Scene Association) in La Orotava offers a Ruta de los Belenes 2021 route of nativities with 30 nativity scenes, distributed throughout the municipality, some of which can be visited in guided tours and all of which can be visited virtually, via the association's Facebook page, this year. The nativity scene route in La Orotava, which this year celebrates its fourteenth edition, has become one of the most popular activities on these dates with both visitors and residents.

Arona Council has inaugurated its Popular Fair, located next to the municipal swimming pool in Los Cristianos, which will be open until January 9. Since last weekend, residents and visitors have been able to enjoy the Popular Fair, a large area of ​​2,000 square meters of leisure and entertainment for the whole family during the Christmas holidays, with children's and adult's attractions of all kinds; shooting galleries, toy and candy stalls, and 'the typical restaurant stalls of any fair worth its salt'.

The opening hours are Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and from Sunday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., except for December 24, 25 and 31, and on January 5 and 6, which will open from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., while on January 1 the schedule will be from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Associations and volunteer collectives in the city of La Laguna, coordinated by the La Laguna Solidaria network platform, with the support of the La Laguna City Council, have organized for December 3 and 4, 2021 their traditional Christmas Solidarity Market, in the Plaza del Adelantado.

Hours are from 11am to 8pm on Friday and from 10am to 8pm on Saturday.

A proportion of the funds collected by the participating entities will be to support those affected by the eruption in La Palma, which will be channelled through the Red Cross.

The XVI Subida Los Loros (16th Los Loros Hillclimb) takes place this weekend with the main events on Saturday, 4 December 2021 in the municipality of Arafo, an event that returns to the calendar after the 2020 parenthesis. There are 55 drivers in Speed, highlighting the return of Félix Brito with the Ford Fiesta R5 and the reappearance of Víctor Martín with a spectacular Leon TCR Cupra. In Regular Sport, 11 teams will compete and 14 in Fórmuula Rallye.

La Palma, no child without toys

As has been tradition, the ProGT Arafo Club is taking advantage of the celebration of the Los Loros Hillclimb for charitable purposes. This year, on the occasion of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, and in collaboration with Obra Social "la Caixa" as partner in this adventure, and with Naviera Armas as logistics operator, there will be a collection of toys that will go to the Isla Bonita. This event will take place on December 3 during the verifications and on the 4th during the event.

The XVIII Subida Arona La Escalona 2021 (18th Arona - La Escalona Hillclimb 2021) is taking place this week - after a year's break, having been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID as so many events were - on 10 and 11 December 2021, with all the verifications on Friday and the event proper on Saturday, 11 December, when the road will be closed from 7:30am. The hill climb takes place between around 10am and 2:30pm, with trophies being handed out in the Plaza Cristo de la Salud, Arona at 15:30.


Subida Arona - La Escalona

The VII Rallye Ciudad de La Laguna - Trofeo Worten (7th City of La Laguna Rally) - having been posponed from July - takes place on 17 and 18 December 2021, with Friday for the usual verifications and Saturday the rally. 

The event was officially presented on Thursday, 9 December at the Casa de los Capitanes in La Laguna, cementing the go-ahead. With great support from the teams too, the event is very close to the participation limit, with 92 teams registered to take part

The rally is in three sections, between 08:30 and around 6pm, passing through the Valle de Guerra, Tacoronte - El Rosario and Los Campitos - Los Valles. 

Adeje Council, has produced a program of Christmas activities for this year. “It is about recovering a bit of daily life in the celebration of these very endearing festivals, trying to rescue the customs that we have had to paralyze given the pandemic. All activities will be adjusted to the current epidemiological level and we hope that this year we can have a closer Christmas”, explained councillor, María Clavijo Maza. Events began on November 29 with the opening of the Advent store, followed by the Nativity Scene, which can be visited in the Plaza de España.

From the 16th to the 19th, the Mercadeando craft fair will occupy the car park of the School of Music (EMMA). It will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday it will remain open from 12:00 to 21:00 with live music.

Salytien square in Costa Adeje will host a Christmas fair on December 27, 28 and 29 that will feature performances for the whole family as well as stalls selling products. On the 30th, also there, the Big Bang band concert will take place.

From the 10th to the 12th of December, the Salytien square in Costa Adeje will become the setting for the “Black Sound Adeje 2021” welcoming internationally renowned artists during these three days, each day from 7pm.

The squares of all the neighbourhoods will be the scene of the Christmas carols. Fañabé will be able to enjoy Christmas carols of the Adeje Municipal School of Folklore Group, on the 11th. On December 15, the Imoque Cultural Association will be bringing Christmas carols to Tijoco - La Hoya. On December 16, the Christmas carols will be performed by the “Grupo Folklórico Boleros” in Armeñime.

On December 17, the Parranda de Piedra Redonda will bring Christmas carols to Las Nieves. That same day, Los Menores will enjoy the Christmas carols that the Imoque Cultural Association will bring. On December 21, the Santa Ana Senior Association will dress its Christmas square and, to the rhythm of Christmas carols, they will say goodbye to their activities for this year.

On December 23, it will be the turn for the great Christmas concert of Los Sabandeños (Los Sabandeños cantan la Navidad) who will perform in the Plaza de España, with restricted capacity at 20:00.

The theatre will also have its space in the Christmas program, Burka Teatro will carry out, in the Plaza de España, a theatrical route called "Hypothesis about Eden" on December 22.

From December 26 to January 4 (except December 31 and January 1), the Christmas playground will be located in the El Galeón sports hall. It will remain open in the afternoon, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The XXVII Edición del Concierto de Navidad de Puertos de Tenerife (27th Christmas Concert) takes place on Saturday, 25 December 2021 at 21:00hrs, in the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife - which last year, like so many events, was unable to take place - and is a lovely tradition to watch on Christmas Day evening. The concert will be held without an audience, given the increase in covid-19 infections on the island.

The concert may be followed live on Radio Televisión Española, on the website and on the social networks of the Tenerife Port Authority. It will be broadcast live from 9:00 p.m. on December 25 through Televisión Española en Canarias, its website, and via radio, by Radio1, Radio5 and Radio Exterior. Later, it will be broadcast on Los Conciertos de La2, and the International channel of RTVE.

In the XXVII edition of the Christmas Concert, the leading role, as ever, will fall to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra (OST) under the direction of its honorary conductor, maestro Víctor Pablo Pérez, accompanied by the Tenerife tenor Airam Hernández, a soloist of prestige at national and international level. The program contains easily recognizable classical pieces such as Nella Fantasia (Ennio Morricone), Star Wars, suite for Orchestra (John Williams), Alfonsina y el mar (Ariel Ramírez) and Malagueña (Ernesto Lecuona).

At Christmas, the Puertos de Tenerife (Tenerife Ports Authority) becomes one of the most important stages of the classical music circuit in Europe in the open air - usually with 20,000 spectators every year - and with its traditional broadcasting through TV and internet. The concert was born as a Christmas greeting from the port to the people of Tenerife for the commemoration of the five hundred years of the founding of the city has become an internationally recognized event that represents an invaluable projection of its culture, its climate and people.

Se mantiene el concierto de Navidad en Tenerife, pero con cambios por la COVID | El Concierto de Navidad de Puertos de Tenerife será sin público

La Laguna recovers its traditional sports farewell to the year with the San Silvestre Run 2021, taking place on 31 December, New Year's Eve - Saint Sylvester's Day. The City Council confirmed the news regarding the event that was awaited by all the runners who, last year, were unable to participate in the most emblematic race of the municipality. Numbers were limited to 1,500 this year, and were filled early. Nevertheless, this is seen “as great news for everyone, since it is another step in the recovery of one of the symbols of athletics at the regional level and for the city itself. 

The New Year's Eve Chimes in the Canary Islands will be broadcast from La Palma for the first time and the end of the year TVE program from the Canary Islands aims to support and encourage the inhabitants of the island of La Palma.

Tenerife Land of Eternal Christmas

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