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Tenerife Carnival Dates for 2023

Dates for Los Cristianos Carnival 2023 now also confirmed.

Santa Cruz Carnival in 2019 was the last that was celebrated with complete normality; Carnival in 2020, if it narrowly missed being curtailed by the start of the pandemic, was disrupted by calima and high windsSanta Cruz Carnival in 2021 was virtual only and Santa Cruz Carnival 2022 was held, unusually, in June

The dates for Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2023 are now confirmed. Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2023 is due to take to the streets between Friday, 17 February 2023 and Sunday, 26 February 2023. The calendar for Carnival 2023 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife can be downloaded (PDF), in Spanish, from the official carnival website and agrees with the timetable we have produced below.

The events in the run up to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2023 will start on Friday, January 20 and will conclude on February 26 with Piñata Sunday. In between, will be more than five weeks of parties between contests and carnival in the street in what will be the definitive return of carnivals after the pandemic. New York to be the theme of Carnival 2023.

Inauguration and Carnival Contests:
Carnival in the Street:

It has been said that Carnival 2023 would be "one of the earliest celebrated in history", but actually carnival in 2024 will be over a week earlier with Shrove Tuesday falling on 13 February; even earlier in 2027, on 9 Feb. The earliest that carnival has taken place was in 2008, when Shrove Tuesday fell on 5 Feb.

Puerto de la Cruz Carnival

Puerto de la Cruz Carnival 2023 is confirmed to be taking place between 9 and 26 February 2023, with more details from the Carnaval Internacional de Puerto de la Cruz, these are the dates of some of the main events:

Los Gigantes Carnival 

Los Gigantes Carnival usually begins on the Friday ten days after Shrove Tuesday, meaning that their carnival should start on Friday 3 March 2023 and their Main Parade is usually on the Sunday afternoon, that would be Sunday 5 March 2023, at around 5pm. There is information that Carnaval Los Gigantes, is to run from March 2nd - 12th 2023. This does not list what events will take place on which days.

Los Cristianos Carnival 

CONFIRMED: After talking directly with Arona Council (long story), I can now list the confirmed dates of Los Cristianos Carnival 2023, which are between 9 and 20 March 2023, with their Coso Apoteosis (Carnival Main Parade) taking place on Sunday, 19 March 2023. 

UPDATE: Double-checking again today (15 Feb), as I do periodically, I've found that Arona Town Hall has changed the published dates of the Carnival in Los Cristianos 2023 to between 17 and 27 March 2023 (Sunday, 26th March 2023 is the Coso Apoteosis - Main Parade), see Calendario de las Fiestas del Municipio de Arona 2023La Agenda also have these same dates for Carnaval de Los Cristianos, but there's no further information available on the program.

Any change to these dates is entirely beyond our control.

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