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Christmas Highlights and Festive Attractions

Tuesday December 20, 2011

Christmas Highlights and Festive Attractions

Spending the holidays in Lanzarote this Christmas and want to soak up some festive spirit? There's loads going on across the island to get you in the mood, including nativity scenes in most towns and villages, Christmas concerts a Father Christmas parade and more.

The Christmas period is celebrated in a variety of ways on Lanzarote, reflecting the mixture of Canarian and Spanish culture as well as the traditions of northern European visitors, such as British and German tourists.

Nativity Scenes

Not least amongst the festivities are the Belen or Nativity scenes constructed all over the island, which depict the birth of Jesus in typical Lanzarote style. As a result, numerous Belens on Lanzarote will have miniature volcanoes, salt flats and vineyards similar to those found in La Geria. The best and most intricate examples this year can be found at Bodega Stratvs, in La Geria, in the town square in San Bartolome and also in Teguise.

Christmas Lights

Turning on the Christmas lights has also become something of a local tradition, with ceremonies taking place in Arrecife, Tias and Teguise. All of the decorations will remain in place until after King´s Day on 6th January.

Ruta de Tapas in Costa Teguise

This year Costa Teguise is holding its own Ruta de Tapas, with thirteen restaurants in the resort participating in this gastronomic feast. Each restaurant taking part will be offering tapas dishes and a glass of wine or beer for only €2.50 each. 

 Amongst those participating are Bar El Maestro, La Repikada, Taberna El Bocadito, restaurant La Getaria at the Golf Course, La Bohemia and Vinoteca del Mar. The Ruta de Tapas will run from Friday 15th December until Saturday 8th January.

Christmas Concerts

A Christmas Concert is planned for Thursday 22nd December at the Island Theatre in Arrecife. The choir from the Island Conservatory and School of Music will be performing a range of Christmas favourites from 19.30. An alternative Christmas Concert and Parade will also be taking place on 22nd December in Costa Teguise at the Centro Comercial Las Cucharas, right in the heart of the resort, from 17.15 onwards. 

Father Christmas Parade

Meanwhile in Playa Blanca, there will be a Father Christmas Parade also taking place on 22nd December, which will run along the pedestrian street of Calle Limones from the ferry port from 20.00. Whilst the following day a further Santa Claus Parade has been organised for Friday 23rd December, which will take place along the Avenida de las Playas in Puerto del Carmen from 17.30 onwards.

Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass will be celebrated at all the local churches on Saturday 24th December. The church of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Teguise has always been a particularly atmospheric place to attend the mass. It is also the site where a specific Lanzarote celebration known as the Rancho de Pascua takes place, which features a wandering group of singers and musicians moving through the streets of the former capital to spread the news of the nativity.

Firework Displays

In common with many other places around the world, New Year´s Eve is celebrated with firework displays. This year, the main display will take place in Puerto del Carmen. Whilst traditional celebrations of eating grapes as the clock strikes midnight will be taking place in Teguise in the Plaza de la Constitucion and in Arrecife at the church in San Gines.

Kings Day

Children will be delighted to find there is the additional King´s Day Parade, which takes place all over the island on 5th January and marks the arrival of the three kings at Jesus´s birthplace. The following day is a bank holiday and the day when children in Spain traditionally receive their Christmas presents. Parades take place across the island but the best attended is in Arrecife. Check back for more event info closer to the time.

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