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Tenerife in December 2023

Oranges for Christmas (Photo was taken on a Christmas Day)

There are three public holidays in the month: December 6 for the Constitución Española (Spanish Constitution) and December 8 for the Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception) - which pair often get 'bridged' together to make a long enough break to get away somewhere. It’s also customary to put up Christmas decorations on the closest weekend to December 8th. Then, of course, December 25 is a public holiday for Natividad del Señor (Christmas Day).

Pitingo will perform at Plenilunio Santa Cruz

Plenilunio Santa Cruz (Full Moon Festival) will be celebrated again from December 1 to 3. After the success of the edition held in March, where some 300,000 people came to enjoy this initiative, the city council is keen to repeat. The García Sanabria park, the Príncipe, Candelaria and Alameda squares, the Puerto-Ciudad esplanade next to La Gesta park, will be strategic points of the capital for the celebration of this event, aimed at the whole family, which will have "numerous hours of activities, music, theatre, urban sports, leisure, gastronomy and fashion”. 

The next Plenilunio Santa Cruz will feature a performance by Pitingo. The renowned singer from Huelva will be one of the highlights of the event in the capital of Tenerife. (If you're not familiar with Pitingo, watch Pitingo - Killing me softly with his song). Admission to the concert will be completely free.

There are no municipal holidays in Tenerife in December.

On the 12th of December 2023, Atlantic R2R will embark on a unique and life changing expedition. They will row - unaided- 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean departing from La Gomera, Canary Islands hoping to arrive at English Harbour, Antigua within 35 days as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. (Via).

December 22nd is a very important date throughout Spain, being the date of the annual Christmas Lottery, the largest in the world, El Gordo.

Christmas, of course, falls in December, being celebrated, traditionally in Tenerife, on Christmas Eve, December 24th with a family meal and get together, although this is not typically when the gifts are given. That waits until January.

On December 25th, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra is once again offering their annual Christmas Concert, held at 9 pm alongside the Port of Santa Cruz.

December 28th, the Day of the Innocent Saints is the Spanish equivalent to “April Fools Day” and, that brings us right round to New Years Eve.

Other celebrations listed for December include:
  • San Silvestre and Hermano Pedro: 4th week of December in La Sombrera, Fasnia
  • Fiestas of La Inmaculada in Charco del Pino on 8th December
  • Fiestas of Santa Lucía in Granadilla on 13th December
  • Fiestas of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza in San Isidro on 18th December
  • Santa Lucía: The Sunday nearest to 13 December in Fonsalía
  • Santa Bárbara, 4 December in Santa Bárbara
  • Santa Lucía, 13 December in Las Canales
  • Virgen de la O, 18 December in Buen Paso
  • Christmas Festival, 24 December in La Caridad, Tacoronte
  • Nativity, 24 December, Barranco de San Juan, Tacoronte
  • Ntra. Sra. Inmaculada Concepción: 8 December in Vliaflor de Chasna

Tenerife Land of Eternal Christmas

Sunbathing SantaDesert Island ChristmasScuba Diving SantaTropical Santa
Santa's Having a Whale of a TimeSurfing SantaWaterski SantaCamel Rodeo Santa
With a wide range of products in each design, click the pics (above) to see the full selections.