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Top festive activities to enjoy in Tenerife this Christmas season

Beginning in late November, the island's streets come alive with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the cheerful sound of Christmas carols, heralding the arrival of the year's most heartwarming celebrations.

Christmas in Tenerife transforms the island into a wonderland, brimming with enchantment and festive spirit. As November draws to a close, the streets burst into a kaleidoscope of twinkling lights, vibrant decorations, and the heartwarming melodies of Christmas carols, setting the stage for the season’s deeply cherished celebrations.

The island’s Christmas markets are a treasure trove of handmade gifts and seasonal treats. Here, you can indulge in traditional nougat and savour the smoky aroma of roasted chestnuts. As evening descends, the illuminated streets create a perfect backdrop for leisurely walks, wrapped in the warmth of companionship and joy.

Every corner of Tenerife buzzes with excitement and anticipation, as locals and visitors alike eagerly plan their festive activities.

Recommended festive activities in Tenerife this Christmas:

Top festive activities to enjoy in Tenerife this Christmas season

  1. The Most Christmassy House in the Canary Islands: Since 1995, the Barroso family has been adorning their home with festive lights. This year, their display boasts over 40,000 bulbs and includes a special section for children. Located on the road to El Boquerón in Valle de Guerra (La Laguna), this spectacle is open to visitors free of charge.
  2. El Corte Inglés Christmas Market: Running until 5 January, this market in El Corte Inglés’ main square offers a unique Christmas shopping experience. Discover items like panettones, chocolates, and Disney merchandise, alongside products from local vendors like Sabela, Free Heart, and Baggerman the Dutchman.
  3. Naturaleza Encendida at the Palmetum: Santa Cruz de Tenerife hosts this illuminated nature show until 21 January. Over twenty light installations transform the palm garden into an immersive, technologically-enhanced wonderland. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 6.15 p.m. to 10.45 p.m., with extended hours over Christmas. Tickets range from 12 to 14 euros.
  4. La Recovita de Navidad in La Laguna: Until 10 December, La Laguna celebrates with a traditional market, offering handmade products and local crafts. Located around Plaza del Hermano Ramón, it’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  5. Thematic Routes in La Laguna: The city council offers guided tours titled ‘Origins and Traditions of Christmas in La Laguna’ from 7 to 9 December, exploring local customs, gastronomy, and history under the festive lights.
  6. Christmas Concert at Dársena de Los Llanos: This concert on 25 December at 7.30 p.m. pays tribute to Elfidio Alonso and John Williams. Tickets available from 6 December for three euros, with proceeds going to charity.
  7. Spectacular Christmas Lights: La Laguna’s Christmas lights are a must-see, drawing thousands to witness their grand unveiling. The scent of roasted chestnuts fills the air, adding to the festive ambience. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Orotava, and Los Realejos also dazzle with colourful lights and decorations, enhancing the magic of the season.

This festive season in Tenerife is a tapestry of lights, music, and cultural richness, promising unforgettable experiences for all who join in the celebration.

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