What’s happening on Tenerife in December 2018? As usual: plenty. It might not be high season for festivals and fiestas, yet there’s enough variety in every way throughout the month — and that’s not counting Christmas and New Year’s festivities. If you’re into performance arts and understand Spanish, be sure to take advantage of the last two weeks of the Tenerife festival (ends Dec. 15). If music, gastronomy or sports are more to your liking, read on for the highlights of the Tenerife events December 2018 scene!
Foodie / Family-friendly Events
Foodies, rejoice! Arico will be hosting a Gastronomy Fair all month long (Dec. 6- Jan. 6), which translates to a variety of affordable local food and drink promoted throughout the area. Until that kicks off, be sure to take advantage of the last days of the Guía de Isora Tapas Route, which started Nov. 22 and ends Dec. 9.
While tasty food always has the potential to keep kids happy, three events this month cater specifically to the little ones. The first is wonderful if your family speaks Spanish: the Los Silos Storytelling Festival (Dec. 2-8). The second pretty much transcends cultural barriers, as you don’t need language to enjoy acrobatics and clowns: the Circolandia circus is performing in La Orotava on Dec. 9 and Los Cristianos on Dec. 30. The last is a Santa Cruz tradition, hosting fun for kids from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7 on account of the holidays.
Of course, don’t miss your local Christmas celebrations, and all the glorious food, music and revelry they inevitably involve!
Keeping the variety strong is this months sports events roster:
– Dec. 6 there’s a football match between Granadilla Tenerife Egatesa and Rayo Vallecano;
– Dec. 8 is the date of the Iberostar Tenerife Bike Experience Challenge, a road cycling race over 97 Km long, from Costa Adeje to Teide National Park;
– Dec. 8-9, will see the K42 Anaga Marathon, an event featuring various distances (K42, K21, K12 and KVertical) which is part of the K42 Adventure Marathon Series.
If you’re in the mood for a day trip, there’s a swimming competition in La Gomera on Dec. 22 (Travesía a nado de San Sebastián de La Gomera), which you could couple with a jeep tour, while you’re there.
Following that is the Tacoronte Half Marathon on Dec. 23, a sports meet boasting three decades of tradition. Lastly, there’s the San Silvestre foot races in La Laguna on New Year’s Eve, one for kids (starting at 16:30) and one for adults (at 18:00).
Music & Dance
As usual, the number of concerts on Tenerife happening in the next 30+ days is to great to list them all so we offer merely a selection from different genres, spread throughout the month.
On Dec. 1 is one event you might not want to miss, as Spanish rock’n’roll heavyweight Rosendo’s bids his fans farewell in Santa Cruz. That same day, La Orotava is hosting a Whitney Houston tribute entitled Naturally Gospel, which coincides with the Canary Island-wide Gospel Canarias Festival (Nov. 29-Dec. 22). The latter also features a Guía de Isora gospel concert on Dec. 2, as well as Joshua Nelson’s performances in La Laguna from Dec. 4 to 7.
Another event you might enjoy — if you’re a fan — is the performance by The Jacksons, who will be paying the late brother tribute in Santa Cruz on Dec. 21. Míriam Rodríguez is also set to take the stage on the 21st in La Laguna, followed by the Dec. 22 Nani Cortés concert in Santa Cruz.
If you enjoy Canarian folk combined with Celtic music, don’t miss Luar na Lubre’s performance in Los Cristianos on the 28th; Lili Galiano is playing in La Laguna on Dec. 29. And if you’re looking to celebrate the coming of 2019 with a bang, two crowd pleasing options are the Flashback Neocity 2059 in Santa Cruz and the New Year’s Party in Puerto de la Cruz.
* Happy holidays!*