Best things to do in Tenerife in December 2015

The very best things to do in Tenerife in December, the month for excellent family celebrations. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year … It also usually coincides with the weekend between Constitution Day and the Day of the Immaculate Conception. There are lots of national holidays and many excuses to enjoy yourself in a different way through an entertaining programme.


Other activities and things to do


But there are also other types of events and activities which can fill your diary when you are in Tenerife in December 2015. We always try to create a list of events which could be interesting for the large majority. Obviously there are lots more events, but these are the stand out ones (in our eyes) and those which we have heard about. Of course, if you think that something is missing (or we’ve made a mistake with the dates), please let us know by leaving a comment.

Finally, but no less importantly, you can do many of the activities which are normally available in Tenerife.


Things to do in Tenerife in December 2015: Traditional festivals

3rd to 6th December – XXXI Festival of Canary Island Arts and Crafts at the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. You have the opportunity to see 150 craftsmen in action. Entry is free and it opens from 11am to 9pm.

6th December – Spanish Constitution Day (a national holiday) is celebrated, and many places will be closed.

8th December – this is the Day of the Immaculate Conception (religious festival), when many establishments will be closed.

3rd December 2015 to 26th March 2016 – the Canarias Folk Fest will be celebrated every Thursday (in Las Galletas), Friday (in Playa de las Américas) and Saturday (in Los Cristianos). You will have the perfect opportunity to see traditional Canary Island dancing. In the squares in Arona you will be able to enjoy Canary Island cuisine and handicrafts.

10th December 2015 to 5th January 2016 – Christmas Markets will be held in different towns on the island. It’s perfect for doing your Christmas shopping and spending some fun time with family.

24th December – families celebrate Christmas Eve. One of the best things to do in Tenerife in December with your family.

25th December – you will find almost everything closed (except some establishments in touristy towns), as this is Christmas Day.

31st December – New Year’s Eve night will see popular celebrations and private parties in almost all of the towns in Tenerife, where many people go all out to see in the New Year.


Things to do in Tenerife in December 2015: Concerts and musical events

6th December – the Latonius Gospel Choir will perform a concert at the Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua in Granadilla de Abona at 8pm. Entry is free.

6th December – Gospel music with the group Chicago Mass Choir, in a tribute to B. B. King, at the Auditorio Guía de Isora at 8:30pm, for 8 euros (in advance) or 10 euros (on the night).

7th December – the Moscow Ballet will perform Swan Lake at the Teatro Guimerá in Santa Cruz at 8:30pm. Ticket prices range from €28 to €39.

7th December – Los Sabandeños share the stage with the Agrupación Folclórica Acorán at the Sports center Manolo Santaella in Puerto de la Cruz. Before November 30, 15 €, and from December 1, 20 € at the box office.

7th and 8th December – 10th Canary Island Gospel Festival at the Teatro Leal in La Laguna. It starts at 8pm and ticket prices are €12, €15 and €18.

8th December – the Moscow Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at the Teatro Guimerá in Santa Cruz at 8:30pm. Ticket prices range from €28 to €39.

12th December – the Ópera de María Estuardo will be showing at the Auditorio Adán Martín in Santa Cruz at 8:30pm. Ticket prices range from €18.75 to €65.

12th December – III Festival Achamán at the Teatro Leal in La Laguna. Free admission and starts at 21:00.

13th December – the Jubilation Gospel Choir will perform at the Auditorio Adán Martín in Santa Cruz at 8pm. Entry is €22.

18th and 19th December – Olga Cerpa y Mestisay will perform at the Teatro Leal in La Laguna at 8:30pm. Tickets cost €15 each.

20th December – you can see the Tenerife Ballet at the Auditorio Adán Martín in Santa Cruz at 8pm. Tickets are between €5 and €10.

25th December - Christmas concert of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in la dársena de Los Llanos del Puerto de Santa Cruz. The entrance fee is free and usually 20.000 people attend it.

29th December 2015 to 4th January 2016 – the musical ‘Sister Act’ will be showing at the Auditorio Adán Martín in Santa Cruz. Performances start at 9pm and tickets are from €25 to €60.


Things to do in Tenerife in December 2015: Exhibitions and other events

5th November to 5th December – a collective exhibition of paintings is on show at the Museo del Pescador in Puerto Santiago. It is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm (although closed between 1pm and 4pm) and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

5th December – Dani & Flo perform at the Auditorio Adán Martín in Santa Cruz at 9pm. Prices range from €15.20 to €25.

19th November to 6th December – in Guía de Isora, 28 establishments will be offering tapas and a drink for €2.50 in what is known as Tapeando Isora 2015.

14th November to 13th December – IX Edition of ‘Mándate una tapa’ in Granadilla de Abona.

14h October 2015 to 16th January 2016 – El Prado comes to Tenerife. Don’t miss the opportunity to see 60 works of art by Rubens, Sorolla, Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya, among others. To see the exhibition, go to the Espacio Cultural CajaCanarias in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


Things to do in Tenerife in December 2015: Sporting and themed events

5th and 6th December – 6th edition of the K42 Canarias Anaga Marathon which includes three types of race: K42, K21 and KVertical.

20th November to 7th December – XX International Story Festival in Los Silos 2015.

8th December – 10th charity tournament at the Tenerife Sur Golf Rotary Club at Golf del Sur. Green fees are €75 (including buggy and a cocktail at the prize-giving).

18th December 2015 to 5th January 2016 – PIT 2015 (children’s playground) at the Recinto Ferial in Tenerife.

1st November 2015 to 31st January 2016 – Fotonoviembre 2015 (XIII Biennial Tenerife International Photography Festival), which is based at the TEA but which has photos on show at different locations around the island.

27th December, IV Anaga Trail Solidario, up and down the Pico del Ingles, at 9:30 in the morning.

31st December – Several races are held in honor of San Silvestre in different villages on the island: IV San Silvestre de Garachico, you can register until December 21. At 18:00 hours at the Glorieta de San Francisco; V San Silvestre in El Medano at 16:00 (5 km) and XXXIV San Silvestre in La Laguna. Finish the year playing sports ... one of the best things to do in Tenerife in December :)


Other activities and things to do in Tenerife in December 2015

Loro Parque is the ideal place to spend the day as a family, walking calmly among exotic animals and birds. It is a perfect experience in Puerto de la Cruz.

El Palmetum is one of the best botanical gardens in the world and it is located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

It seems surprising to recommend a swimming pool complex like Costa Martiánez as an activity to try in December, but if it’s a sunny day we would not miss out on the opportunity to enjoy sunbathing and swimming in some of their pools, as one of the best things to do in Tenerife in December 2015.

In La Orotava you will find La Granja Verde which is a farm with indigenous animals and the opportunity to eat at its two restaurants.

If you fancy enjoying Tenerife from up above, Helidream is the company for you. They will take you on different routes over the south of the island.

December is high season for golf in Tenerife, but with good reason as the weather is always favourable. Try Golf Costa Adeje.

If by chance the weather is not good one day, or you don’t want to get covered in sand but you need some time to relax, Aqua Club Termal awaits with its 1000m2 thermal baths.

Although we haven’t tried it, El Cardón NaturExperience offers a trail called ‘The secrets of the Teno mountains’ (la ruta de los secretos de las montañas del Teno) and we think it would be one of the best things to do in Tenerife in December 2015.

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