What is Tenerife Like in December?

Fri, December 2nd, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

The first half of the month can be quite quiet in tourist terms before there’s a massive influx for the festive celebrations. After an often rainy November, December is usually more settled weather wise. Swimming in the sea on Christmas day is a rather bizarre experience, especially if Mount Teide plays its part by making it a white Christmas on Tenerife.



Weather on Tenerife in December
December is usually a warm and sunny month. Temperatures on the coast are in the low to mid 20s during the day and maybe around 16C at night when a light jacket or jumper is enough to keep the nocturnal coolness away. Up high it’s a different matter and visitors to the Mount Teide crater should make sure they dress for chilly temperatures.

How Busy is Tenerife in December?
There’s a lull in the number of visitors to Tenerife until Christmas kicks in. Even though numbers are boosted for the Christmas and New Year celebrations, overall there tends to be less visitors than in November. However, we’re still talking about 280,000 winter sun seekers with Brits still making up the bulk of holidaymakers. By Christmas, all resorts are buzzing with the southern resorts of Costa Adeje, Playa de las Américas and Los Gigantes being the best places for anyone who fancies a typical British Christmas dinner. For a more traditional Canarian Christmas then Puerto de la Cruz and the capital, Santa Cruz are a better choice.



Fiestas on Tenerife in  December

Christmas and New Year
In traditional towns like Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna, La Orotava and Santa Cruz, Christmas is a family affair. The big family meal takes place on Christmas Eve and Canarian restaurants in those places close around 9pm so eat out early or your choice may be limited to Chinese, Chinese or Chinese.
In the main southern resorts it’s less of an issue as there are less Canarian restaurants and more of an international choice. The best places for lively fun on Christmas Eve are British owned bars or organised parties. Although the southern resorts do have street decorations, for the most magical Xmas light displays opt for a traditional town.

The liveliest outdoor New Year celebrations are also in Tenerife’s more traditional towns where there are firework displays, live bands and street parties that last all night. In the south, Los Cristianos, El Médano, Alcalá, La Caleta and Los Gigantes are good choices for a traditional ‘Happy New Year’.

Concerts, Music Festivals & Fairs on Tenerife in December

Christmas Day Concert– The free open air concert on the 25th in Santa Cruz is about as Christmassy as it gets.

The Sound of Music – There’s always a big show at the Tenerife Auditorium, this year it’s Maria and the Von Trapps from the 27th.

6th Canarias Gospel Festival – Concerts in Adeje, Puerto de la Cruz, Granadilla and Los Cristianos between the 6th and the 16th.

Winter Music Festival – International DJs and artists including Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Alex Gaudino and Roachman are set to warm up the cool La Laguna night on the 7th.



Add to that the Moscow Ballet, storytelling festivals, wine and tapas fairs, street markets and rock, pop and classical concerts galore and Christmas on Tenerife offers visitors a delicious feast of festive fun.

Posted : Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 2:06 pm
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