Things to do at Christmas in Tenerife

Things to do at Christmas in Tenerife


In Tenerife you can spend Christmas in a different way, we have a warm climate that makes us the best option to escape from the voracious cold of winter. The weather in Tenerife in December is perfect to go to the sea and enjoy the sun and sand. In the following text we will talk about the best plans and ideas for your Christmas holidays in Tenerife.

Things to do at Christmas in Tenerife

The streets of the whole island of Tenerife are filled with light bulbs, Christmas decorations and concerts offering an ideal atmosphere to welcome the Christ child and enjoy with family and friends. You will have a beautiful Christmas atmosphere in the South (Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje or Playa de las Americas) as well as in the North of Tenerife (Puerto de la Cruz).

At the end of the text you will find a list of activities that will be available during Christmas, Christmas Eve and the whole month of December.

Family reunions

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To make the most of the sun, the most common thing to do is to go to the beach to relax and share with family and friends. Locals and visitors alike often rent a boat in Tenerife in December to take a trip out to sea.

Many welcome the new year on a boat with good music and when the 12 chimes ring out they eat grapes and watch the fireworks display. The fireworks are a spectacle that can only be seen at Christmas time and finally everyone takes to the water for the first dip of the year.

Christmas lunch and dinner


In the case of Tenerife, every home and restaurant prepares to present their best Christmas meals for Christmas Eve. A popular dessert is the Trucha de batata (sweet potato trout) which is a must. You can also enjoy turrones, mantecados de vino and rosquetes.

For the main course we usually eat Iberian ham and cheese which is the star ingredient of the island. Fish, pork, rabbit and goat dishes are also popular.

Christmas Traditions and Events

In every house, Christmas trees are filled with presents and good wishes. But outside in the streets, the Christmas spirit is also present.

Christmas carols

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On the island of eternal sunshine, Christmas begins in the first days of December. Christmas carols are the first signs that the most special time of the year is beginning.

They are traditional Christmas songs sung in groups. In Tenerife people go through the streets singing and spreading their joy to the rest of the inhabitants from the early hours of the morning.

Christmas dances of Tenerife

These are dances in honour of the baby Jesus, the best known of which is the Baile de la Cunita, held every December 24th. For this, people gather around the child to sing carols and pretend to rock his cradle.

Arrival of the Three Wise Men

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Many actors dress up according to the season to stage the arrival of the Three Wise Men, they present a cavalcade through the streets and some enter houses to leave presents.

For these and many other reasons, Tenerife is the best place to spend Christmas, good food, festive atmosphere, many traditions and best of all, a radiant sun to go to the beach and dive into the water.

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