Christmas in Gran Canaria 2019 - Markets, Dinner menus, What To Do

Published on November 19, 2019
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Belen de Arena in Gran Canaria

A holiday in Gran Canaria is probably your best bet for a sunny and warm Christmas, along with the rest of the Canary Islands, which have the best climate in Europe during winter.

If you want to know more about it read further regarding the hottest Canary Island, to get a better sense of how warm you can expect the weather to be during the winter months.

How is the weather at Christmas in Gran Canaria

Will it be warm enough to spend Christmas day at the beach?

Can you swim in the ocean on Christmas in Gran Canaria?

We get these types of questions all the type and it's usually from visitors who are coming for the first time to the island or maybe it's their first visit during a winter month.

Although the Canary Islands have a very mild winter, with temperatures usually in their mid-20s°C during the daytime, nobody can predict the weather accurately, especially several months in advance, given all the climate changes happening around the globe.

But you do have great chances to swim in the ocean if you're spending Christmas in Gran Canaria, although you can expect the water temperature to be around 19°C - 20°C, so a bit chilly, but definitely doable if you want to want to have a splash.

You could also do some shopping a few days before Christmas and then take your friends or family for a picnic on the beach, as this definitely be an experience to remember, something very different compared to a Christmas at home.

Christmas day temperature in Gran Canaria 

Maspalomas, December 25th, 2018

  • Max temperature: 24°C
  • Min temperature: 16°C

Info about December weather in Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, December 25th, 2018

  • Max temperature: 24°C
  • Min temperature: 16°C

Read more about what to expect in terms of weather in Gran Canaria in December

Christmas markets in Gran Canaria 2019

There are several Christmas markets on the island, in different places. The largest one in the capital, in Las Palmas.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Christmas Market 2019

The Christmas Market in San Telmo opened on November 15th, 2019, and it has 23 stalls, which are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., except for the Three Kings' Night, when they will also open from 00:00 to 04:00.

The market has been open in the rest of the city since November 1, except for the San Telmo area, which opened today. Also, the market in Mesa y López, begins on December 1, and the market of Siete Palmas, which starts on December 18. The end date for all Christmas markets is January 12th, 2020. 

In 2016 there was even a Christmas market in Maspalomas, so that's another idea for a trip while on holiday.

Go see the Belen de Arena (Sand Sculptures) on the beach of Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Sculptors from all over the world are participating in the creation of all the sand sculptures on the beach of Las Canteras and the Belen de Arena have become a symbol of the island around the holiday season. 

You can see some of these sculptures in the photo above, but there are many more and some of them are really spectacular.

At a time of the year when other people are going to stay in ice hotels, you can come to Gran Canaria and walk in flip flops around sand sculptures.

Christmas events in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The city council of Las Palmas usually publishes a program of all the activities in the month of December - we will update this page when we have the info for 2019.

Christmas dinner in Gran Canaria 2019

Since Gran Canaria is an island with an economy based on tourism, Christmas means it's business as usual for bars and restaurants, so you can expect to have a lot of options, not just the traditional English food that is usually served on Christmas.

TASTE MESóN Gran Canaria

Address: Paseo de las Marañuelas 1 Arguineguín

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Christmas Menu €59.00 24 & 25 December

On arrival: "Glögg" mulled wine with ginger cookies
Christmas Choice menu: Choose 5 of your favorite dishes from our current menu to be served in 5 servings, Some extra special dishes outside our normal menu will be available.

Wine Pairing (for each dish): Standard wines 39€, Premium wines 59€, Prestige wines 79€ or bottles. This is the only choice this evening. You can choose if you want one dish to be a dessert or if you want to add a dessert after. For kids, they serve a special menu more suitable for kids including sodas.

Christmas at PACHA Gran Canaria 2019

There 2 menu options for Christmas at Pacha: one menu for 35 euros and one menu for 40 euros per person. If you book your Christmas lunch or dinner before November 30th, you get a 10% discount.

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This page will be updated as soon as we have more info about events and things to do in Gran Canaria at Christmas.

RESTAURANT OWNERS: If your place has a special menu for Christmas day please just send us a message on Facebook or an e-mail with your info/menu and we will add it to our page! Please help us share this message and reach local businesses!

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