Top 10 Things to Do on Christmas on Gran Canaria
In Gran Canaria, Christmas is a harmonious blend of local traditions and international influences. Families gather to cherish the spirit of togetherness, while the streets come alive with the sounds of traditional music and the aromas of delectable holiday treats.
Let’s see all the events and things to do during Christmastime on the island!
1. Explore Festive Markets and find Local Crafts and Gifts
No Christmas in Gran Canaria is complete without exploring the vibrant markets that dot the island. These festive hubs showcase an array of locally handcrafted products, from delicate ornaments to culinary delights, providing an opportunity to immerse oneself in the island's rich culture while finding the perfect gifts for loved ones.
We recommend the festive markets at San Telmo, in Las Palmas, or the Christmas Market at the hotel Maritim Playa, in Playa del Inglés.
2. Celebrate Christmas on the Beach: A Sunny Twist on Holiday Traditions
While much of the world experiences a snowy Christmas, Gran Canaria offers a unique twist with a Christmas Day spent on its beautiful beaches. Imagine enjoying the warmth of the sun, partaking in water activities, or simply relaxing by the shore, creating a truly memorable holiday experience.
3. Try diverse culinary delights
Gran Canaria's culinary scene takes a festive turn during Christmas, offering a delightful fusion of traditional and modern cuisine. From local Christmas treats like 'turrón' (almond nougat) and 'polvorones' (shortbread cookies) to international dishes with a Gran Canarian twist, there's a culinary adventure awaiting every palate.
4. Enjoy the festive lights and decorations
As the sun dips below the horizon, Gran Canaria transforms into an enchanting wonderland illuminated by a dazzling display of festive lights. Explore the island's towns and villages, each adorned with twinkling lights and sparkling decorations, creating a captivating spectacle that captures the true spirit of Christmas.
Go for a walk through Triana, the most important street at Las Palmas, which has a lot of shops and stands to get a Christmas feeling. You can keep walking through Vegueta, the historical district, or end up at Plaza San Telmo, where some events are hold.
5. Create lasting memories with loved ones
Families can embark on a treasure trove of kid-friendly events and attractions during Christmas in Gran Canaria. From festive parades and interactive workshops to thrilling adventures at theme parks and nature excursions, there's something for every member of the family to create lasting memories.
6. Enjoy Music and Performance with Christmas Concerts
Immerse yourself in the arts during the festive season with Gran Canaria's vibrant cultural scene. Attend Christmas concerts, dance performances, and theatrical shows, each infused with the spirit of the holidays, offering a captivating blend of traditional and contemporary entertainment.
We recommend the Christmas concert of Los Gofiones, a canary band. This year, the concert will be hold on Saturday 16th December at the Teatro Auditorio de Agüimes. The entry is free. Another popular Christmas concert is the Christmas Solidarity Concert, performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on the 22 December at 20:00. On the same day, you can also join the Christmas Concert of the parranda de Teror, will be held in the Teror Auditorium at 20:30.
7. Explore the Island's Natural Beauty
Escape the hustle and bustle of the festivities by exploring Gran Canaria's breathtaking natural beauty. Hiking trails wind through verdant landscapes, leading to hidden waterfalls and panoramic vistas, while the tranquility of the island's beaches provides a serene retreat amidst the Christmas cheer.
8. Enjoy cultural experiences and discover Gran Canarias rich heritage
Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Gran Canaria during Christmas. Museums, exhibitions, and historical sites come alive with special events and captivating exhibits, offering a unique opportunity to connect with the island's heritage and traditions.
9. Celebrate New Year's Eve
Bid farewell to the year in style with Gran Canaria's unforgettable New Year's Eve extravaganza. Dazzling fireworks illuminate the night sky, while lively parties and special events create an electrifying atmosphere to welcome the New Year with flair. The best spot to see the fireworks is Playa del Inglés, in the south of the island, or at the beach of Las Canteras, in Las Palmas.
10. See the largest open-air nativity scene in Europe
During the Christmas season, the Canary Islands come alive with a beloved tradition: setting up nativity scenes, known as belenes.
In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the sand nativity scene has become a true highlight of the Christmas season. Held annually on the beautiful Playa de las Canteras beach, this awe-inspiring spectacle has captivated visitors for many years.
With its impressive size, measuring over 2,000 square meters, the sand nativity scene holds the title of the largest open-air nativity scene in Europe. If you're visiting Gran Canaria during the Christmas season, be sure to experience the enchanting sand nativity scene. It's a unique and unforgettable way to immerse yourself in the island's festive spirit and cultural heritage.
11. Celebrate the Twelfth Night
The Night of the Three Kings is undoubtedly one of the most magical and heartwarming nights of the year. It all kicks off with the arrival of the Three Wise Men of the East to the city, followed by the traditional parade winding through the main streets.
This Christmas event in Gran Canaria brings a special energy to the streets, creating a festive atmosphere perfect for the season. You'll find street bars (known as chiringuitos) and concerts, adding to the lively vibe.
Enjoy a magical holiday experience under the Gran Canarian sun
Spending Christmas on Gran Canaria offers a unique and unforgettable experience filled with warmth, festive cheer, and a touch of tropical magic. Whether you're seeking traditional celebrations, beachside relaxation, or adventurous excursions, this vibrant island has something for everyone during the holiday season.
From the dazzling lights of Las Palmas to the charming markets scattered across the island, Gran Canaria transforms into a Christmas paradise where culture and celebration merge seamlessly. Embrace the local traditions, savor the delectable Canarian cuisine, and revel in the joyous atmosphere that permeates every corner.
So, this holiday season, consider trading snowflakes for palm trees and embark on a Christmas adventure that combines the best of both worlds. Gran Canaria awaits, ready to make your festive season truly special and memorable. Merry Christmas and feliz Navidad!