The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 29-31 December 2017
It’s the New Year Weekend and Gran Canaria is also preparing for the main Three Kings celebrations. The last weekend of 2017 and there are many events to go and see, with markets and some fun, not forgetting the big celebrations on Sunday night. Bring some Spanish flavor to your party and remember to eat your 12 grapes at midnight! Each one for luck…
Celebrations for the New Year will of course be happening all across the island in bars and restaurants, with several fireworks displays, the biggest and most popular of which include Anfi Beach, The Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse (where many of the hotels have lavish parties and compete for the biggest displays), Playa del Inglés and of course the main beach in the capital, Las Canteras.
There are likely to be extended transport services provided throughout the night to get everyone to and from the main celebrations.
Happy new year to all! See you in 2018!
Feria de Artesanía de Navidad y Reyes
Christmas and 3 Kings Artisan market in the pedestrian area of Avenida de Canarias in Santa Lucia’s Vecindario. Opening hours are on Friday and Saturday from 10:00-22:00 and on Sunday 31 December from 10:00-15:00
Planeta Gran Canaria, 19º Festival de la Infancia
Place where the little ones ( suggested under 12 ), together with the whole family, become protagonists of fun: Planeta Gran Canaria, the childhood festival of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria from December 26 to January 4 in Infecar. More than 60 games, workshops and attractions as well as the great novelty of a skating rink.
A cycle circuit, handicrafts, theater and puppet shows, a wide range of bouncy castles, a children’s playroom and a videogame area, including areas for robotics and virtual reality, in addition to gymnastics and much more.
With the delivery of a kilo of un-perishable food for the Food Bank, you will receive an invitation for another visit.
Opening hours from 10:00 to 20.30, except on January 1 which will be from 16.30 to 20.30. On December 31 closed. Ticket price is €3.50 and free for children under 3 years.
Mogan Casco (Pueblo de Mogán) between 19:00-00:00 (Calle San José, Parque Nicolas Quesada, Plaza Sarmiento Coto). A handicrafts and gastronomy fair, second hand market, live music, a space for wines and tapas as well as activities for young people and children with a play area and a “gaming party” with video games.
Global Busses: between 16:30 – 01:00, the GC-200 main road will be cut off to traffic.
➡️ traffic will be diverted via the Avenida de la Constitution.
➡️ A bus stop will be on on Avenida de la Constitución by the Bankia office.
➡️ The other stops on this route will be out of service.
Saturday 30 December, Angry Birds Activity Park, Puerto Rico
Big Christmas Party, with a last visit from Santa Claus
Starting at 10 am fun fun fun promised throughout the day with various activities including
~ ? 15:00 Santa’s visit ~ ? Show – Once Upon a Time ~ ? Christmas stocking hunt with fantastic prizes ~ ? Christmas cookie decoration workshop ~ ? face painting ~ ? …and much more!
Normal ticket price, valid for the whole day: play, leave and return as many times as you like through the day.
Check their facebook events page for more info…
III Beach Volley Tournament 3 × 3 International Anfi del Mar
Some sport on offer to end the year, with the 3rd International Beach Volley Tournament 3×3 in the incomparable setting of Anfi del Mar, promising sun, beach, music, animation, fun, fruit and drinks.
Starts at 09:00am
Mogán Town hall Christmas program
There are activities for children and youngsters in Playa de Mogán at the Plaza Gañanias, between 11:00-14:00 and 16:00-19:00.
In the village of El Horno children’s activities between 17:00-20:00 with Christmas workshops, bouncy castles, videogames etc.
At 20:00 in Barranquillo Andres Plaza a concert by “El Patillas”
Kids’ New Years Eve Party
Angry Birds Activity Park located in Puerto Rico is going to celebrate New Year at the same time as the Australians, so that all the little ones get the chance to join in with the party!
12:00 – Face Painting
15:00 – Party Bags on the terrace
15:55 – Countdown and grapes of luck
16:00 – Happy New Year: Celebrating with children’s punch and a delicious new year’s cake. Mascots Red and Stella will also be there to join the celebrations.
16:15 – Mini Disco & Christmas Dance
Normal ticket price, valid for the whole day: Play, leave and return as many times as you like through the day.
Check their facebook events page for more info…
Fin de Año de Vegueta
The historic district of the capital is starting the celebration early … New year celebrations start in Vegueta from 13:00 to 20:00 with live music and partying and at 18:00 chimes.
New Year by the Mogán town hall
End of the year celebrations at midnight will be held at several points throughout the municipality.
In Arguineguín, a tent installed at Plaza Pérez Galdós will feature several performances by different music groups.
In Playa de Mogán at Plaza Dr. Pedro Betancor León a new year’s festival will also have music performances and Pueblo de Mogán, the traditional 12 grapes will also be eaten and the end of year party will be enjoyed with Güira Latina, Furia Joven and DJ Juanjo.
New year party by San Bartolom’e de Tirajana
Party organized by the Tow hall is held again at the Maspalomas municipal Skate Rink with multiple bands performing. Party time is from 0:15-06:30 (1 January) and it’s free entry but aimed at being only for adults (18 years)
Jonay, Ochentour, Tutto Durán and Los Coquillos will take care of the music. So… live music and even chocolate with churros as well as a red carpet entry, photocall, and 1000 cotillones ( little bags with party accessories ) given away, chiringuitos to get drinks.
New Year in Las Palmas
In Las Palmas the place to be is in Las Canteras beach. The fireworks goes up from La Puntilla end of the famous urban beach.
From 23:15 until 04:00 live music performances at plaza Saulo Torón. Music only to be interrupted for about 10 minutes by the fireworks, 192 kilos of them, from La Puntilla.
Belén de Arena de Las Canteras – Sand Art Nativity
There is still time to visit the most popular Christmas activity on Gran Canaria, the sand nativity scene on Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas.
The artists who created this XII edition of the Belen de Arena: Benoît Dutherage (France), Leonardo Ugolini (Italy),
Jonay Ruiz (Spain – Gran Canaria), Marieke van der Meer (Netherlands), Vadim Gryadov (Russia), Enguerrand David (Belgium) , Dan Glover (USA) , Alexey Shchitov (Russia) and Aleksei Rybak (Russia).
The Belen de Arena open from 1 December to 7-8 January and visiting hours:
Every day from 9:00 to 22:00, except December 24 and 31 and January 5, from 9:00 to 20:00.