The Canary Christmas Weekend Tips 23-25 December

Here are our choice of highlights for the Christmas weekend all around the Island! Highly recommended is the live nativity on Christmas Day in the Mogán village of Veneguera. Christmas markets and more markets and lots of activities for you, all in the seasonal spirit. There is always something happening on our beautiful little Island of Gran Canaria…

*** Weather conditions might affect events ***

poster-mercadillo-solidario-page-001Friday 23 December, Hotel Riu Don Miguel, Playa del Ingles 

Solidarity Christmas Market 

A solidarity market to raise funds for  “Pequeños Valientes” children with cancer at the hotel Riu Don Miguel. From 18:00-22:00. Several stands to purchase items from necklaces, clothing, decorative objects to accessories made by workers of RIU Hotels chain. Also a stall with typical Canarian products and crafts, such as cheeses, honey, gofio, mojos and traditional pastries. Musical performances and different animations for children and adults.

galdar-xmas-nightFriday 23 December, Galdár

Noche de Navidad 

The Christmas Eve in Gáldar 18:00-03:00. Children’s parade with floats, papagüevos (the big papier-mâché dolls),  Disney characters, music bands and the page boys of their Majesties the Three Kings. Children’s workshops and clowns from 18:00 in the Plaza de los Faycanes, and throughout the night SON DEL CANEY, Trio Con-Trastes, the Star D Choir gospel choir, VocalSiete and the Tamarindos Orchestra.
In addition, museums and cultural spaces are open to free visits throughout the night.

Childrens parade 19:30 – 20:30 the streets of casco de Gáldar
Casa Museo Antonio Padrón, Calle Capitán Quesada 3. visits 18:00-01:00
Consistorial Houses, Plaza de Santiago,  from 18:00-23:00
Museo de Arte Sacro and templo Matriz de Santiago, Calle Santiago de los Caballeros, visits 19:00-22:00

telde-xmas-partyFriday 23 December, Telde 

Papa Noel vuelve a la Plaza de los Sueños

Like every year Santa Claus and his better half return to the Plaza of Dreams to bring illusion for the little ones and the not so small. Elves, acrobats, magic, workshops, music and so much more

On Friday from 17:00–21:00 at Plaza de San Gregorio

santa-maria-de-guia-xmas-market-23decFriday 23 December, Santa Maria de Guía

Mercadillo Navideño de Artesanía y Gastronomía

Santa María de Guía celebrates a great festive day, all day.  From 10:00-22:00 a Christmas Crafts and Gastronomy Market with a wide program of activities and shows for all the family. The Mercadillo Navideño, in Plaza Grande and its surroundings, around 50 stands with the best gastronomic products from the Island – honey, bread, apples, wine, cheese, pastries, etc. – as well as handicrafts.

The morning will be animated by a cheerful parade carried out by the  Children’s School “Mi Lunita”,  at 11:00 and will continue, at 11:30, with the Clown show.

At 17:00 a children’s show, Santa Claus visits at 18:00 and from 18:45  another parade with carols from Plaza de Las Huertas to Plaza Grande, and of course at the end of the parade some hot chocolate and some biscuits.

The Festive day will culminate with a concert at 20:15 from singer Alexis Miranda, with a repertoire of ballads and Latin pop.

*** perhaps a perfect day to visit this lovely little town ***

fullscreen-capture-21122016-182507-bmpFriday 23 December, Arguineguín

Navidad en Mogán

As part of the Mogán Christmas program there is a lively street  procession happening in Arguineguín, starting at 20:00 from Plaza Pérez Galdós to Plaza de Los Tuñidos

artisan-fair-santa-lucia-xmas-201623 – 24 December, Avda de Canarias, Santa Lucía

Fería de Artisania

Artisan Fair in the pedestrian area of Avenida de Canarias in Vecindario. On Friday 23rd from 11:00-22:00 and on Saturday from 11:00-14:00

Friday 23 la-trova-xmas-concert-23-dec16December, Las Palmas 

Las Palmas Christmas program

This year ‘La Trova’ celebrates the 13th edition of their traditional Christmas concert. Starting at 21:00 in the Jardines del Atlantico, ( by the statue of Alfredo Kraus ). As usual, the night acts also as a solidarity pickup for toys and non-perishable food.

Also with the participation of Cristina Ramos ( the winner of Spain’s got Talent and her mix of Rock and opera ) and many more surprises.

Lovely music and carols

*** recommended if you are in Las Palmas

fiestas-infantiles-santa-lucia-2016Friday 23 December, Avda de Canarias, Santa Lucía

Navidad en Familia. Fiestas Infantiles

On Friday as part of the town hall’s Christmas program, a children’s party and activities on the main shopping street in Vecindario, in the pedestrian area of Avenida de Canarias from 17:00-21:00

*** re-scheduled to Wednesday 28 December 17:00-21:00***

arucas-xmas-concertFriday 23 December, Arucas 

VI Concierto de Navidad de Los Granjeros

On Friday, the sixth traditional Christmas Concert in Arucas.
This year held in the Plaza San Juan and will have the special collaboration of Paco Ramos, Ana Gil and Pacuco Navarro. Starting at 21:00

artisan-market-mesa-y-lopez-xmas-201623-24 December, Mesa y Lopez, Las Palmas 

El Mercadillo de Artesanía

Artisan Market on ramblas of Mesa and López, from 20-24 December, open from 12:00-21:30

telde-open-comercial-area-xmasSaturday 24 December, Telde

Zona Comercial Abierta de San Gregorio

The open commercial area of Telde is still open for some shopping with special offers and festive entertainment. Activities from 11:00-14:00. At various points of the commercial area there will be photo ops for the little ones with Minions and with ‘canine patrol’.

Street procession with music from 11:00 and at 12:00 begins “Snow in San Gregorio”, in the Avenida de la Constitución,  an area to enjoy “snowfall” in San Gregorio. All thanks to a foam cannon that simulates snow.

Enjoy some festivities in a local area, Teldenese style.

fiesta-navidad-ingenio-24decSaturday 24 December, Ingenio 

Fiesta de Navidad, Villa de Ingenio

For those who want to dance away with loud beats on Saturday with DJ’s and music, there is a chance to do just that in Ingenio at Plaza de la Candelaria. free entry, the party starts at midnight until 05:00

16navidad-en-cercados16Sunday 25 December, Cercados de Espino, Mogán

Navidad 2016 Cercados de Espino

at 17:30 Santa Claus visiting with his carriage. Departing from El Horno and will touring the streets in the village of Cercados de Espino

belen-venegueraSunday 25 December, Mogán 

Mogán Christmas program

Christmas Mass in Arguineguín church at 12:00 and the church in Casco de Mogán starting at 12:30
In Veneguera, a mass in the town church at 17:00 and the annual spectacle of a live action, life-sized Canarian nativity scene starting at 19:00, well worth a visit to this little mountain village, beyond Pueblo de Mogán.

fotopase1Sunday 25 December, Agúimes 

Cocodrilo Park Gran Canaria

The Cocodrilo Park/ animal shelter is open on Sunday and little elves told that Santa is visiting as well. Park is open from 10:00-17:00.