The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 15-17 December 2017
It’s the last weekend before Christmas and many events are happening around the island. Weather predictions suspect some more rain but since we are on Gran Canaria, only time will tell, and the south of the island is looking pretty dry compared to the north. So it’s a happy weekend ahead with shops open throughout, a little bit of sport, concerts, markets, nativity scenes and with all the municipalities celebrating their Yule Time programs until 5 January.
Mogán Town hall Christmas program
The municipality of Mogán begin their Christmas program on Friday. See the full program HERE.
On Friday the switching on of Christmas lights in Playa de Mogán at 20:30, Plaza Dr. Pedro Betancor León (known as Plaza del Sol before, just before the bridge), followed by the presentation of the program of activities and a music concert by “Los Faycanes”
In the evening in Pueblo de Mogan an inauguration of an ornamental nativity scene in the church at 20:30 as well as Christmas carols by various music groups
On Sunday in Arguineguin, at Plaza Pérez Galdós a musical starting at 19:30 “Bajo del mar” (Under the sea)
Las Palmas Christmas program
The capital has a wide program of activities for the holidays and you can see the full program HERE. Here are hand picked events for the coming weekend:
On Friday; Inauguration of Nativity scene at 20:00 located in Parque San Telmo with the performance of Gospel choir “Heaven choir”
On Saturday; the Royal page visits the Mercado Central at 10:00. There is a Christmas fiesta for children in Parque Juan Pablo II starting at 11:00.
At 20:00 a concert by the municipal symphony band at Plaza de Saulo Torón
and at 20:30 Musical spectacle “Vegueta en Navidad” at Plaza de Santa Ana.
On Sunday; family Christmas theatre at Parque Doramas at 12:00 and Christmas carols concert at the same time in Calle Mesa y Lopez. At 18:00 a Christmas carol concert at Calle Mayor de Triana.
Big Bang Vintage market: Solidarity market
Vintage market and retro fashions and music at Shopping centre Las Ramblas in Las Palmas over the weekend.
On Friday at 17:00 the inauguration of the vintage market and retro decoration expo with swing rock&roll style DJ sessions. At 18:30 fashion catwalk of 50’s style fashion and at 19:30 Rock&Roll and swing concert.
On Saturday at 11:00 the vintage market opens again and in the evening at 18:30 a Gospel choir concert and at 20:30 concert by Black Feeling
On Sunday market opens at 11:00
Weihnachtsmarkt/Mercado de Navidad – Hotel Maritim Playa
Last chance to visit The Maritim Playa Hotel traditional Christmas Craft Market this weekend. The German/Spanish style Christmas market in the heart of Playa del Inglés. From 15:00 till late
Gran Canaria Pro-Am Be Cordial de Stand Up Paddle Surf (SUP)
The third edition of the European Championship of Gran Canaria Pro-Am Be Cordial Stand Up Paddle Surf (SUP), which will be held in Playa de Mogán from December 14 to 17.
On Friday, Down Wind competition with all competitors to meet in Puerto de Mogán to board (09:45) and go to Arguineguín, where the departure of this fun event will take place at 11:11. About 15 km distance paddling against the wind along the coast of Mogán.
On Saturday the Technical race in all categories, a 5km circuit at Playa de Mogán, where the skill of the contestants will be put to the test in a tremendously demanding race. The children’s category is a circuit of 1.5 km and the popular category will cover 3 km. This year, in addition, a new discipline is launched, the Sprint. A spectacular category with a short course circuit in which competitors paddle at maximum speed to reach the goal in Playa de Mogán
On Sunday, the Long Distance. The main event where the European Champion of the APP will be crowned. The distance to complete will be 15km to 20 km (min. 10km) along the coast of the municipality and with exit and finish at Playa de Mogán.
Town hall Christmas events
On Friday; Christmas Act in Santa Lucía, Plaza de Santa Lucia, just next to the church, starting at 17:00 with workshops, music performances, letter collection for the three Kings and fireworks.
In the Pedestrian area of Avenida de Canarias, there is a children’s party from 17:00-21:00
On Saturday a Christmas parade (by a local dance school) from 18:00 to 19:00 and a Christmas concert at Plaza de Los Algodoneros from 20:00-22:00
Doggie Race de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The first edition of a different and special event and a race where people and their pet dogs run together as a family in Parque Romano. A race of either 1km or 3 km, workshops and exhibitions
On Saturday, the day includes the 3km Runner race at 10:30 and at 11:15 the family race and at 12:00 the prices. At 13:00 a conference of the Veterinarian college and 13:30 agility exhibition, followed at 15:00 by an exhibition and the day comes to an end at 18:00.
On Sunday at 10:30 an agility exhibition, at 11:30 exhibitors and at 14:00 the first edition comes to an end.
Christmas Concerts by the Maspalomas Choir
On Saturday in Templo Ecuménico El Salvador, ( on Avenida de Italia ) starting at 21:00 and
On Sunday in Iglesia de San Fernando de Maspalomas starting at 20:15
Navidad Solidaria 2017
On Saturday the IV edition of Christmas Solidarity event by the Business Association of Puerto Canteras at the Plaza de la Puntilla from 10:00 to 20:00.
Children’s activities, handicrafts fair, children’s workshops, solidarity collection of toys, concerts, a visit from Santa Claus, parades and the assistance of pages of the Three Wise Men.
During the Day the II Barbers Solidarity Event Isleta Puerto also takes place led by Nacho De La Fe Professional Barber. haircuts in exchange for solidarity gifts of toys and food.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to visit the Sand Nativity scene !
Quedada Motor, Papa Noel Sur
The Solidarity bikers parade from Karting San Agustin starting at 16:30 all the way to Arguineguín, Plaza Pérez Galdós arriving at 20:30. Bring a solidarity gift and dress like papa or mama Noel.. its mandatory =)
Feria multisectorial Agaete
The First multisectorial fair of Agaete from 10:00-18:00 on Plaza de la Constitución with animation for the whole family and a concert by the popular local band “Última llave”.
Organized by AEGA.
Romeria Los Labradores
Combining a longstanding religious festival with popular sentiment and traditional island culture. Santa Lucia de Tirajana celebrates their Patron Saint, Saint Lucy, every December.
On Sunday At 12:00 the solemn Eucharist in the church, followed by the Traditional pilgrimage of the Virgin of the rosary, on a cart and pulled by a yoke of oxen. The route will end up in the municipal park around 15:00 where the festivities will continue.
VII Feria de Naranja
The seventh edition of the Telde Orange Fair will be held on Sunday, December 17 and will repeat for the second time at the same venue, the urban park of San Juan, where it moved last year.
A chance to explore one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Telde and on the island, one of the islands two original pre-hispanic capitals, while trying some of the juiciest tastiest produce direct from the hands of the citrus farmers.
That event will take place between 10.00 and 15.00