Lanzarote Weather in December: How warm is Lanzarote in winter?

Published on November 16, 2022
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Playa de Famara is a nice place to visit while you're in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is one of the smaller islands in the archipelago, but this doesn't mean it falls behind on the weather front.

Winters in Lanzarote are mild and warm, as in all the Canaries, so if you're planning a sunny Christmas, Lanzarote might be a great choice.

Can you sunbathe in Lanzarote in December?

In December you can usually still enjoy most days on the beach, lay in the sun and get a bit of colour on your skin. As long as the sun is out, the weather in December in Lanzarote is usually hot enough to sunbathe and get a tan.

In the evenings you will definitely need a cardigan or jacket, so be sure to pack one for your trip.

Weather in Lanzarote in December

We've said this before and we'll say it again when talking about the weather: due to climate changes, it has become really difficult to predict the weather according to a pattern.

Usually in December in Lanzarote the island gets its fair share of rain, meaning that this month is probably the one with the rainiest days out of the entire year.

But if you're planning on spending Christmas in Lanzarote, don't be put off by this fact. Although we can't assure the fact that you'll be spending Christmas day on the beach, we can tell you that rain doesn't usually last for long here. It's violent and hard and sometimes comes along with strong winds, but it does not last for more than 3 consecutive days.

Usually, during the day time, you can still spend time on the beach and UV protection is still mandatory, as you will burn your skin otherwise.

Average temperatures in Lanzarote in December

In December temperatures are usually in the low 20s°C during the day time, but it can feel a lot warmer when the sun is out.

It also depends on the wind on each specific day, as it can feel cooler when the wind is blowing hard.

  • Average high temperature: 21.8°C  (71.2°F)
  • Average low temperature: 15.4°C  (59.7°F)
  • Daily mean temperature: 18.6°C  (65.5°F)

In Lanzarote, the daily mean temperature is 18.6°C  (65.5°F) in December, which is calculated as a mean between the average high temperature of 21.8°C  (71.2°F) and the average low of 15.4°C  (59.7°F). 

We've found that Playa Blanca is more sheltered from hard blowing winds and Costa Teguise tends to be on the windier side.

But this is our personal observation and we're sure that people who are frequent visitors to the island will return to the place that they love most in Lanzarote, a decision which is not based on the amount of wind it gets. If you're planning your first visit to the island, then you might want to read more about where to stay in Lanzarote during your holiday.

Is Lanzarote a good place to visit for winter sun?

In December you should definitely expect some warm winter sun, but don't be surprised if you get some rainy days as well. Or at least cloudy and cool.

December is still the beginning of winter even here in Lanzarote, so some rainy or overcast days are possible.

We're not trying to talk you out of coming to Lanzarote in December during the winter holidays, we just want you to have realistic expectations so that you won't be disappointed. It's better to be pleasantly surprised if you only get warm sunny days during your holiday here.


  • Average rainfall (mm): 29 mm
  • Average rainy days (>=1mm): 4

As we said, the island usually gets some rainy days, but it won't last for a week as it does back in the UK.

You have plenty of things to do in Lanzarote when it rains, as the island has lots of places to visit and you can even do some shopping, especially in Arrecife.

You could also visit Cueva de los Verdes, since the tour takes you inside a volcanic tube anyway and the rain won't bother you there.

Sunshine hours

Lanzarote gets an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day in December, so the days are shorter but you'll still have enough sun to sunbathe and relax with a cold drink in hand.

Sea temperature in December in Lanzarote

  • Average sea temperature in December in Playa Blanca: 19.8 °C / 67.6 °F 

The water temperature is usually warm enough for you to swim and we have been in the water in December, as well as in January and it was ok - not super warm like in the summer, but warm enough to still enjoy it.

Wondering which is the warmest Canary Island in December?

See our dedicated article

How hot is Lanzarote in December?

December Weather Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
Lanzatore (Airport) 21.8 (71.2) 15.4 (59.7) 29 (1.15) 4 6
La Graciosa 21.4 (70.5) 16 (60.8) 24 (0.95) 3 6
Playa Blanca 21.9 (71.4) 15.6 (60.1) 23 (0.91) 4 6

Is December a good time to visit Lanzarote?

Lanzarote is a year-round tourist destination, so yes, December is a good time to visit. Everything will be open and functioning, from hotels to restaurants, bars and attractions.

If you are happy with some winter sun (without the extreme temperatures of summer) then yes, you should go on holiday to Lanzarote this month. Christmas and New Year's are really different and special when you're able to walk in the sun wearing just a T-shirt, but this obviously depends on personal preference (we're not big fans of a Christmas in the snow or on the mountain slopes).

So... is Lanzarote hot in December? What to expect?

It is warm but it's not HOT.

When most people think of hot weather they imagine temperatures well above 30°C and this is unlikely to happen. Although, with the climate changes that we're seeing, nothing is certain anymore.

But Lanzarote still gets at least 6 hours of sun per day, which is far more than most other places in Europe. Also, it will probably be warm enough for you to spend your days wearing just a T-shirt and shorts, but you'll have to get a jacket on at night.


FAQ about Lanzarote in December

Is it warm in Lanzarote in December?

Yes, it's warm and during the daytime temperatures can reach up to 25°C.

Can you sunbathe in Lanzarote in December?

Yes, during the daytime it's hot enough to sunbathe in December and get a tan.

Is Lanzarote busy in December?

Winter is considered high season in Lanzarote, and it gets quite busy around the holidays (Christmas and New Year's Eve).

Can you swim in the sea in Lanzarote in December?

It is possible to swim in the sea in December, but a heated pool would be much better during the winter months.

Is Lanzarote warm over the Christmas season?

Lanzarote is definitely one of the warmest places to visit in Europe over Christmas, definitely much hotter than the UK and the rest of continental Europe, with average daytime temperatures of 21.8°C  (71.2°F).

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