If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas this year, then a vacation in the Canary Islands probably isn’t right for you. However, if a sunny, festive break with a difference is exactly the type of present you’ve asked Father Christmas for, then an island escape to CLC World’s resorts in Tenerife this December will be the perfect gift. Here’s what to expect from Christmas in Tenerife.
While December is one of Tenerife’s coolest months, temperatures during the day very often still reach the comfortable heights of 20°C. Great news if you’ve always wondered what it would be like to have your Christmas lunch on the beach! While it’s certainly wise to pack a light jacket for chilly evenings, you can confidently leave your woolly hat and scarf behind for Christmas in Tenerife, as the mercury doesn’t tend to dip below 16°C even after dark.
Things to do
Just because there won’t be a thick covering of snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t get into the festive spirit on your holiday – tinsel, baubles and all. Tenerife is a popular destination over the Christmas break, and it’s certainly an island which knows how to host a good party! Most towns will have sparkling Christmas lights and displays at night, as well as sing-alongs, parades and nativity scenes, known locally as Belén. In Spanish tradition, it’s the Three Kings rather than Father Christmas who deliver presents to children on the 6th January – so look out for the festive parades and carol singing as the new year begins.
The best thing about spending Christmas in Tenerife is that you can always put all thoughts of jack frost to the back of your mind and spend your days lounging in the sun! Throughout the year, there are waterparks, beaches and scenic walks to be enjoyed – so treat your December break like a late-summer getaway with a festive twist.
Let’s face it, Christmas in Tenerife just wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive feast. Whilst the celebration schedule is a little different from home, most restaurants in the south of the island still offer a special Christmas menu and will be open for business on the 25th of December – although it’s important to remember that, for the locals, Christmas is a family affair which is usually celebrated on the 24th followed by Midnight Mass.
There’s an abundance of local cuisine to sample in Tenerife, but if it’s a classic Christmas meal from home that you’d prefer, CLC World Tenerife’s Christmas Day menu promises a feast of your favorites, from roast turkey, served with Yorkshire pudding to pigs in blankets. All served with a local touch, such as mushroom risotto with Iberian ham.
White Christmas in Tenerife?
If you crave at least the hint of winter while on your Christmas break in Tenerife, then make sure to visit Mount Teide in the center of the island. It’s not uncommon for Spain’s highest mountain to sport a generous coating of snow even while t-shirts and shorts are being worn on the coast. Here, you’ll be able to build your snowman and have fun sledding before heading back for a beachfront walk. It’s just one of the many reasons Tenerife is such a wonderful Christmas destination.