A Christmas in Tenerife can seem like a bit atypical, perhaps the idea of spending Christmas day lying on the beach either looks fantastic or the contrary. If that is the case, we have good news: although thanks to the great weather there is that possibility, most Canarians do not spend Christmas at the pool or on the beach, but take advantage of the different Christmas activities taking place throughout the island.
Curious to know what they are? Here we reveal our favorites:
Visit the Belenes
In many villages you will find nativity scenes that are works of art, reflecting the true Christmas feelings of associations, companies and individuals who produce them . What better plan to discover some of the most emblematic of the island municipalities than through their cribs? Some of the best nativity scenes can be found in Santa Cruz and La Laguna. In the reception of the Cabildo de Tenerife there is the always a typical Canarian landscapes and figures. If you are someone who prefers Christmas with a little cold, we recommend visiting the Old Town of La Laguna, where you can discover the six portals belén found in the city a World Heritage Site.
Hard to believe but there is ice skating in Tenerife. In the morning you can sunbathe and in the afternoon … skate! The ice rink “The Rink Magma” returns this year with larger facilities, giving the opportunity to young and old to show their skills and show what they can do on an ice rink. “The Rink Magma” will be open during the months of November, December and January. Just do not forget to bring warm clothes as although you’re in the Canary Islands, the ice is still cold.
A Christmas without shopping, is not really a Christmas. Luckily, in the south of Tenerife there are many shops and malls to stroll, have a drink and, of course, buy! Visit the great Siam Mall, where besides getting the latest in fashion, you’ll see Santa Claus himself, and have your picture taken with him. You also have the opportunity to hear carols live thanks to the group that runs the mall. For more upscale shopping, visit Plaza del Duque, an outdoor mall where you can enjoy beautiful lights and holiday decorations.
Christmas is the perfect place to go to see a show, either a ballet or a musical. This year, besides the musical Mamma Mia and concerts by the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife in the Auditorium of Santa Cruz you can see the Moscow Ballet perform one of its most beloved works, The Nutcracker, at the Infanta Auditorium Leonor de Los Christians on December 8. The South Carolina Gospel Chorale will offer a performance at Symphony Hall Auditorium Santa Cruz, where a concert will make you vibrate with the best traditional and modern gospel soul. With so much variety and quality, there is so much choice.
In Santa Cruz every year the traditional Christmas Concert by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra takes place. On the 25th December, lovers of classical music will not only enjoy a great evening listening to the international artists, but can admire the fireworks display that closes this great musical event.
Christmas activities for children
Younger guests will also enjoy themselves in Tenerife during Christmas. Not only can they tell their classmates they spent the holidays in shirt and shorts, but they can boast of having skated on ice, taking part in holiday activities and even having spent an afternoon riding on the various attractions at the fair in Los Cristianos. To inspire the artist, the municipalities of Adeje and Los Cristianos offer Christmas crafts workshops, and other activities in which they may participate. Surely a Christmas they will want to repeat year after year.