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Some people dream of a white Christmas... but not the people who are thinking of spending their holidays in Tenerife. They are dreaming of a warm and sunny Christmas and if you're reading this, you're probably one of them as well.
The Canary Islands are blessed with the warmest weather in Europe during the winter months, so if you're wishing for some winter sun the Canaries are the place to go.
Temperatures in December and January in Tenerife South still rise around the 23 - 25 Celsius during the daytime, and at night it gets a bit chilly, but a cardigan will suffice on most evenings. You can see more photos from Tenerife in December, just so you get a better sense of what you can expect if you decide to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve in Tenerife.
Even with the nice weather we still recommend packing a light coat. On most winter nights you will need one, or at least a cardigan, but for the daytime, you should always pack a bathing suit and flip flops.
In Spain, Christmas is a bit different from the UK and other countries in Europe.
Kids will receive their gifts on the 6th of January when there's a national holiday known as The Three Kings or Dia de los Reyes Magos.
So for Spanish people, Christmas is usually a holiday to be spent at home with the family, having a nice dinner together before going to church for the ceremony known as Midnight Mass or La Misa del Gallo.
However, since Tenerife is a tourist destination all year round, most of the restaurants, bars and places will be open on Christmas day just like any other normal day.
Some of the shops will be closed on the 25th of December since this is still a public holiday in all of Spain. So if you need to stock up on something you should do your shopping at a day in advance. In the main tourist areas in the South, you will still find some shops open even on Christmas day, but big hypermarkets like Mercadona will be closed on Christmas day and will reopen on the 26th.
The 26th is not Boxing Day as it's in the UK, instead, the Sale Season in Spain starts on the 7th of January, the day after the children get their gifts from the Three Wise Men, otherwise known as the Three Kings.
Most of the restaurants in Tenerife will prepare a special meal for Christmas day, either with a set menu or a buffet.
Some restaurants get fully booked for next year right after the present year's Christmas dinner has ended, since many of the visitors are return customers who come here each year to spend their holidays.
Restaurants will usually publish their Christmas menu on their Facebook page or their website at least a few months in advance, some starting from August or September.
If you have a favorite restaurant in Tenerife where you'd like to go for Christmas dinner then you should ask them in advance or check their social media to see if they've announced anything.
Regarding what's on the menu on Christmas day in Tenerife, it pretty much depends on what you'd like to have. You can choose anything from a traditional roast meal to a Chinese buffet or Spanish cuisine. Some restaurants will serve a traditional Christmas menu and others will keep business as usual and serve what they are usually serving. There's plenty of cuisines to choose from, so if you're spending a Christmas in a sunny destination like Tenerife you might as well try something new.
Below you have some examples of typical Christmas menus from restaurants in Tenerife from the previous year. We will update and include some examples for 2023 menus as soon as the local establishments will announce them.
The George Family Sports Bar (Puerto de Santiago)
It's never too early to talk about Christmas!!! Under 6's eat for free!
Please contact the restaurant directly to book or enquire about details.
Akustito (Los Cristianos)
The Original Wigan Pier Tenerife
Cozy Cafe Tenerife (Playa de Las Americas)
All the municipalities in Tenerife are usually planning various events during the months of December and January, so take a look at the list below, which we will update continuously, as soon as we have more info about what's going on for Christmas 2022 in Tenerife.
The nativity scene in Candelaria is the most spectacular and amazing nativity scene in Tenerife and each year it draws crowds of people who travel to Candelaria just to see it.
If you want to witness one of the local Christmas traditions in Tenerife, go and see the Belen in Candelaria!
Usually, there are several Christmas events in Puerto de la Cruz dedicated to the entire family, like a Christmas market in Plaza Escultor Angel Acosta with artisanal products, concerts with Christmas music and many other events which you can see in the full schedule published by Ayuntamiento de Puerto de la Cruz (as soon as it becomes available).
In 2022, more than 3 kilometers of Christmas lights and garlands adorned the different public spaces of the municipality, with 75 arches in the downtown area of Puerto de la Cruz. The official lighting took place on November 30, for both the center and the area of La Paz.
Christmas returns to Adeje!
Markets, carol singing, theatre, nativity scenes, arts and crafts, concerts and the Three Kings
We will update the section about Christmas events in Adeje 2023 as soon as they are announced by the City Council.
Santa Cruz is usually beautifully decorated for Christmas and becomes a vibrant town, with lots of things to do at this time of the year. The authorities usually organize workshops for wrapping gifts, workshops for recycling old items and transforming them into new decorations, as well as activities for children.
We will update the section about Christmas events in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2023 as soon as they are announced by the City Council.
The town is beautifully decorated during the holiday season and if it's one thing you shouldn't miss this December, it's the Ruta de Belenes in La Orotava. You can see all the details in the official schedule published by the Ayuntamiento Villa De La Orotava. Usually, there are lots of events throughout December, like workshops for kids, markets and concerts.
We will update the section about Christmas events in La Orotava 2022 as soon as they are announced by the City Council.
If the weather is nice, why not grab something to eat the day before from the supermarkets, a bottle of wine or cava and on Christmas day go to the beach and have a picnic there?
If you're spending Christmas day getting a tan, you might as well take advantage of the sunshine and beautiful weather to get a really unique meal right in front of the ocean. You could always have a Christmas lunch on the beach and then go out for a fancy dinner.