The Art of Christmas in San Miguel

Wed, December 23rd, 2015 - By Colin

It’s not all about mini Papa Noels (Santa Claus) abseiling down balconies, some of the best festive decorations in the south of Tenerife have more of a homemade look and at least a hint of the true meaning of Christmas. With Kings Day, Los Reyes, celebrated on 6 January it also keeps the mood bubbling long after the hangovers kick in back home.

 

Christmas Decorations in San Miguel

 

At many roundabouts you will see white metalwork versions of the Christmas story, smaller places like Cabo Blanco and La Camella may have just the three kings but coming down from Chayofa into Los Cristianos you will see the manger scene complete with the baby Jesus.

 

Christmas Decorations in San Miguel

 

Granadilla is quite understated in its decorations, just basic starry lighting strung across the main roads but many balconies have a traditional red banner to welcome the virgin birth.

 

Christmas Decorations in San Miguel

 

Just a few miles south in San Miguel there is a frenzy of diverse creations to catch the eye. The main road through has three life size one dimensional king and camel combos spread along the street and a fully rounded mount resting at the side of a junction bearing parcels promoting local shops.

 

Christmas Decorations in San Miguel

 

The council (Ayuntamiento) of San Miguel de Abona have been brilliantly proactive, they have a competition for photos taken with a Christmas tree. Snappers have been encouraged to share the photos on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag fototree2015 with a prize to be awarded on 31 December.

 

Christmas Decorations in San Miguel

 

There’s an inspiring Christmas tree half way up a concrete stairway and a living tree just down the road with some festive card baubles dangling from the branches.

 

Christmas Decorations in San Miguel

 

The beautiful church of San Miguel has a giant red candle on its plaza, and the Tourist information office has added a large silver snowflake on their doorstep. Even if you don’t venture that far from the beach you will find the shopping centers, hotels, and restaurants decked out to put you in the festive mood.

Posted : Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 5:51 pm
Category : festivals & carnivals
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