Well, a long weekend ahead as Monday is officially a holiday; Twelfth night is almost upon us, the Epiphany, preceded by the Noche de Reyes, or night of the kings, when 3 wise men are expected to visit every home in the kingdom, in celebration of a royal child. Many towns and cities throughout Spain will be hosting extravagant major events and parades to welcome these strangers from far off lands who mark the final culmination of seasonal gift giving that will put an end to this year’s heady mix of yule time feasting, Saturnalian revelry and of course the main christian winter celebrations.
There is plenty to do and see, with craft and artisan markets across the island, the main ones in Las Palmas Telde and even one in Vecindario.
Belen de Arena – Las Canteras
Until January 7
This weekend is your last chance to visit one of the attractions that have positioned Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as one of the world’s most charming cities at Christmas time: the Belen de Arena de Las Canteras has become an entire event in its own right, with unique sculptures visited every year by thousands of locals … and a growing number of travellers who visit the capital of Gran Canaria at this time of year.
On the first day of 2019 this particular birth had already received more than 200,000 visitors, since it opened to the public on November 30. The sand sculptures will be open until January 7 and are free to visit, though charitable donations are encouraged.
24th Artisan Fair – Parque de San Telmo
The traditional artisan market at the capital in Santa Catalina Park. Organized by FEDAC the fair is open every day from 10:00-21:00
Planeta Gran Canaria, 20th Festival de la Infancia
Until Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
The 20th Children’s Festival, promoted by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and organised by INFECAR. An outstanding fair with a multitude of different activities for children of all ages.
At the fair you can find among many other things an ecological ice skating rink (one of the star attractions) and a medieval castle made with more than 320,000 small pieces, workshops, theatre, mazes, inflatables, puppets, fair attractions, bicycle circuits, video games and virtual reality workshops and games, as well as activities as diverse as the making of coloured salt cans or the practice of aquaponics, a workshop of urban gardens where the children learn to plant seeds of flowers, strawberries or parsley in biodegradable coconut pots and discover the necessary care to grow anywhere.
Outside of Infecar the fun continues with various jumping attractions, a pool to navigate boats in, a merry-go-round, in addition to gastronomic delicacies on offer for you to enjoy some new food outdoors. A perfect time to spend with the little ones the family until 4th of January.
Entry fee : €4 and if you bring 1 kg of non perishable food you will get free entry for your next visit.
Opening hours : 10:00-20:30, except January 1 from 16:00-20:30 (December 31 closed)
Jan 4 @ 1:00 pm
This year at the childhood and youth fair “Planeta Gran Canaria” at INFECAR for Fundación Disa have prepared a unique experience … a neon experience!
Children (and certainly their parents and moms!) Can experience the magical sensation of painting with light and some amazing neon makeup.
Hosted by Canarias Sociocultural Workshops
Visit of a Royal Page to Holiday World @ Holiday World
Jan 4 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Visit of the Royal Page, recently arrived from the East, to Holiday World Maspalomas amusement park to collect letters from all children and deliver them to the 3 Wise Kings! Free entrance to the park.
FREE “Museums Weekend” Museos en finde @ Cabildo Museums
Museos en finde
The history of Gran Canaria is on display in an extensive network of museums where the thousand ingredients that made the island a conclave of different cultures are all mixed together.
Pre-hispanic mummies, ancient ships and contemporary art. Great writers, painters and musicians. Architecture, indigenous ceramics, sculpture and an ocean of history.
The Island Government Cabildo de Gran Canaria’s network of museums open their doors every first weekend of the month for FREE visits.
Casa de Colón in Las Palmas: Saturday 10:00-18.00 and Sunday 10:00-15:00
Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas: Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Casa-Museo Tomás Morales in Moya : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Casa-Museo León y Castillo in Telde : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00.
Casa-Museo Antonio Padrón. Centro de Arte Indigenista, in Gáldar : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada in Gáldar : Saturday 10:00-18:00 and Sunday 11:00-18:00, last visit 16:30, limited spaces.
For a more extensive list of Gran Canaria museums click this link to check out the main tourist board pages
Three Kings Fair – Telde
Until Jan 5 all-day
La Feria de Reyes San Gregorio 2019 in Telde. The Three Kings Fair in Telde at the open comercial area of San Gregorio
Christmas in the sun-
in Parque Sur Maspalomas
Christmas in the sun – event for children in the southern park, Parque Sur in Maspalomas.
Inflatables, workshops and entertainment from 10:00-21:00 over the following weekends:
Time: 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.Place: La Isleta factory (Calle Princesa Guayarmina, number 54)
Twelfth Night with Swing at Fabrica la Isleta
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Swing Workshop: Technique and Characteristic kicks steps.
Minimum level required: basic step of kicks
Teachers: Gonzalo Escudero and Mireia Plaza
Price: 20 euros (Discounts for members of Mojo Swing Canarias )
Previous Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/81G8q2Yo73IAz3ae220:00 – 23:00 hours Jam Session with Manoucheando Swing
Price Jam + Party: 6 euros23:00 – 00:30 hours Electroswing party led by Gonzalo & MireiaA night of kings with good music and lots of dancing!
Description: In this workshop will look at basic technique to add style to kicks and dance more comfortably and fluidly with them. In addition, will see some characteristic steps of this variety of the swing, like the Tic Tac, the the Hacksaw, the Skip Up … and some variations of them.
Minimum level required: basic kick step
Since 1956, the “Magna Cabalgata de Reyes”, an outdoor theatrical performance, has been held in Agüimes. The script for this staging emerged from the inkwell of Orlando Hernández Martín, a “whole and serious” figure of Canarian literature, born in this town in 1936.
After almost sixty years, that “Magna Cabalgata”, was renamed Auto de Los Reyes Magos on June 6, 2009, and is still performed every year through the streets of this beautiful ancient town.
The royal procession departs from the gardens of the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario to tour various stages arranged in different parts of the old town.
On the backs of stout camels of calm walking, three majestic silhouettes are drawn. They are the Magi that march solemnly following the trail of a star, the Star of Bethlehem, which guides them to the “portal”.
And while they travel their way, from time to time, they stop to shred a script that inflames the illusion of the children and increases the sleeplessness of the parents.
5 January, Reyes Magos, the three kings – festivities. Artisan fair exceptionally from 10:00-24:00 in San Telmo. Arrival of the Three Kings to Las Palmas The arrival of SS. MM. to the capital is scheduled at 12:00 noon, at the Naval Base. The three monarchs and their entourage will disembark at the Naval Base, meeting place to all, as well as with the mayor, Augusto Hidalgo, who will deliver the “Key to the City” and attendees will also enjoy a show “Magic and poetry” and will feature exceptional guests, such as the Dino family.
The Three Kings Parade. At 17:00 starts the parade from Castillo de la Luz to Parque de San Telmo. Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar, will debut in 2019 a new form of locomotion: three platforms decorated with striking light boxes in the shape of stars, and will share, through messages launched in the cavalcade, their concern for the conservation of the planet. Melchor will go on a golden star, Gaspar will do it on a silver and Baltasar will go on the star of light decorated in bronze. The three kings will be followed by their camels, who for the first time, will travel the city without human and pack, as they usually do in their natural habitat.
At 22:30 concert by “Non Trubada” at Parque de San Telmo. Night of Kings event on Triana.
Saturday 5 January, The Three Kings festivities in Arguineguin.
Fair of Kings at Plaza Pérez Galdós between 17:00-21:00 with crafts, gastronomy and market.
At 18:00 Arrives the ship carrying their Majesties, The Magi from the East to the Arguineguín port. They will tour via Avenida De las Marañuelas to Plaza Pérez Galdós, with live music and animation.
Upon arrival, delivery of the municipality’s key to Their Majesties, and Letter Collection.
4-6 January : Christmas in the sun – children and family oriented event in Parque Sur Maspalomas. Inflatables, workshops and entertainment from 10:00-21:00 over the weekend. On Friday the fun starts at 17:00.
Saturday 5 January the Three Kings parade at 18:00. Parade route : from Centro Sociocultural del Mayor de San Fernando, Calle Santa Brígida, Calle Mogán, Avd. de Tunte, Rotonda Plaza de Las Lavanderas, Avenida de Gáldar, Calle Francisco Hernández González, Avenida de Tejeda, and the entry of the Majesties to Pabellón de San Fernando de Maspalomas. The parade will cause road closures in the area during the parade
FREE Guided visits in English & Spanish to the old Casas Consistoriales. Tour the Old Quarter and the Barrio de Vegueta (Plaza de Santa Ana, 1), every Sunday 10:00 a 13:00.
Rastro, second hand market, las Ramblas Juan Rodríguez Doreste (next to Parque Santa Catalina).
Every Sunday 9:00 a 14:00 .
San Fernando Second hand market “rastro”
SAN FERNANDO SECOND HAND MARKET, directly in front of the main Maspalomas Town Hall offices for San Bartolomé de Tirajana in Timanfaya Square, s / n, 35100 San Fernando de Maspalomas
The second hand “Rastro” market every Sunday (subject to holidays and special events) where everyone is welcome, and every type of thing is on sale, from objet d’art to furniture, clothing to stereos, telescopes to cellos, militaria, precious stones, previously loved items including toys and books and hats and the occasional kitchen sink.
All the best stuff is snapped up early, but there is always a bargain to be made.
Every second Sunday there is a farmers market too, then next one being January 13.
Puerto Rico Farmers Market @ Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria
Agricultural and Craft Market of Puerto Rico:Every fortnight, always on a Sunday, in an environment, surrounded by trees and palm trees and to the sound of live music, spend an entertaining morning at the Agricultural and Craft Market of Puerto Rich.
San Lorenzo farmers’ market – Las Palmas
San Lorenzo Farmers’ Market in Las Palmas, with 24 stalls, held in the neighborhood of San Lorenzo (in front of the Health Centre), every Sunday from 9:00 to 15:00
WHERE : Mercado del Agricultor de San Lorenzo
Teror Municipal Market
The surroundings of the Basilica del Pino are transformed each Sunday by the weekly market, one of the oldest street markets on the island with two centuries of history.Typical local products such as sausage, black pudding, sweets, cheese and bread, religious items, textile, handicrafts, etc. Sunday market in Teror in Plaza de Sintes. 09:00-15:00
( subject to holidays and special events)