Some people dream of a white Christmas… but not the people who are thinking of spending their holidays in South Tenerife. They dream of a warm and sunny Christmas, and if you’re reading this article, you’re probably one of them too.
2020 and 2021 have certainly been very different years when it comes to holidays and life together compared to previous years. With the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine, many sanitary measures have changed in terms of restrictions. However, they are likely to still implement some measures during the upcoming Christmas period.
At the moment, not all hotels, restaurants and recreational places will open their doors to the public in Tenerife in view of the constant changes that have occurred when traveling to the island. But, although things are not the same as previous years, and although the presence of tourists has decreased, there are still enough places and activities available to enjoy the traditional holidays in the best Christmas spirit.
If your idea is to spend Christmas in the south of Tenerife, here we show you a list of some activities that you can enjoy and places that you can visit on your vacation.
Chocolate Solidarity Nativity Scene
For chocolate lovers, El Belén de Chocolate is back, a charity project organized by the Association of Cooks and Confectioners of the Canary Islands and the Rotary Club, with the collaboration of the Adeje City Council and Alcampo La Laguna. In total, about 240 kilos of chocolate will be used, distributed in a 27-meter-long Nativity scene. The activity will take place from December 15 to January 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“Mercadeando” Handicraft Fair
It is an event full of crafts, musical performances and children’s workshops to be held on Thursday 16 and Friday 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 will be from 12:00 to 21:00. The activity will take place in the Parking of the Adeje Music School (Las Torres).
The agenda for Thursday will include a musical performance by the Chabor Trio (6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and a musical performance by the Elvio Medina group (7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.). On Friday there will be the Children’s Christmas Decoration Recycling Workshop (5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.), the musical performance of Dixeland (6:00 p.m.) and the Rayco Duo (7:00 p.m.). On Saturday there will be another Children’s Christmas Decoration Recycling Workshop (12:00 pm -14: 00 pm) and a performance by Alba Chávez Dúo (7:30 pm-8:45 pm). Sunday closes with a children’s performance by Güicho (12:00 p.m. -13: 30 p.m.) and a performance by the Musical Group Voces de Navidad (7:30 p.m. -8: 30 p.m.)
Christmas carols in the squares
To celebrate Christmas you cannot miss the traditional Christmas carols, which will be performed in different squares and on different days. The circuit starts on Wednesday 15 at 7:30 p.m. with the Christmas Carols in Tijoco in the Plaza de la Hoya. Then on Thursday 16 at 7:30 p.m. the Asociación Grupo Folclórico Boleros de Armeñime will be in the Plaza de Armeñime. Friday the 17th at 7:00 p.m. The Parranda Piedra Redonda will be presented in the Plaza de las Nieves, while on Saturday 18 the Imoque Cultural Association will be singing Christmas carols in the Plaza de los Menores.
Children’s theater: Without camels there are no Magi
It is a musical theatrical work with puppets by the Teatrapa company that will take place on Wednesday December 22 at the Auditorium of the School of Music and Dance (EMMA). Entertaining dialogues between Melchior, Gaspar and Baltasar, between the camels and between the kings and their camels, will captivate the interest of children and incorporate them into the novel plot.
The Sabandeños sing Christmas
The Sabandeños are possibly the most internationally recognized Canarian group. They began their musical activity in 1966, emerging in the lagoon town of Punta del Hidalgo. Upon reaching 40 years of experience in 2006, they were paid a tribute by the city council of the Tenerife town of Candelaria. Its director is Elfidio Alonso Quintero.
Throughout their career, they have recorded more than 50 albums, also touring several countries in Europe and America, and interpreting a variety of musical rhythms, especially songs from Canarian folk music, Latin American musical themes and boleros. being his discs published in places as distant as Japan.
As a characteristic to be highlighted, its members use the traditional Esperancera blanket as a cape, a typical coat garment of the Tenerife peasants, although it is a confection of English origin. The event will take place on Thursday 23 at 8:00 p.m. in the Plaza of Spain.
The lighting of the Christmas lights
Los Cristianos, El Fraile, Las Galletas and Valle San Lorenzo, are four of the four towns that celebrate Christmas with the lighting of the lights for the holiday by the mayor of Arona. Arona began the Christmas campaign full of activities aimed at promoting local commerce and restaurants, and diversifying the centers with the traditional lighting of lights, as well as parades, itinerant recreational activities, gastronomic routes, competitions and children’s workshops, among others.
Under the slogan Regala Arona, the Christmas campaign will bring the Christmas spirit to the streets of the municipality until next January 5, coinciding with the expected Three Kings Day.