If you’re seeking festive celebrations with a difference – and the enticing promise of winter sun – then a Christmas holiday in the Canary Islands is the perfect break for you. More and more people are making the most of their time off work during the festive period by seeking out laidback beaches and the chance to create new Christmas traditions overseas. A TUI holiday to Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or Tenerife is your ticket to sun-baked islands, relaxing family holidays or exciting nightlife with friends. Why not start planning now for a relaxing Christmas in 2019?
Glorious winter weather
The Canary Islands boast an idyllic climate with an average temperature of 20˚C during December and almost 200 hours of sunshine during the Advent season. The weather alone is just one reason why so many holidaymakers from Ireland choose to escape the cold and spend Christmas amidst a unique Spanish culture.
You won’t have to worry much about rain spoiling your outdoor fun, either; there are only two days of rain during the whole of December. At night time, temperatures are still very pleasant, rarely falling below 16˚C.
Canaries Christmas traditions
If you want to join in with the local communities and celebrate Christmas in the style of the Canary Islands, then you will find that many restaurants and village squares will be hosting Christmas meal celebrations a day early on 24 December. Many of the houses and churches will be decorated with religious statues and ornate nativity scenes. You’ll also hear singers performing traditional Spanish Christmas carols.
The night before Christmas is known as ‘La Noche Buena’, which translates as ‘The Good Night’. Like on mainland Spain, communities in the Canaries enjoy a large family feast and eat late into the evening, finishing their meal at midnight. You can savour ham, cheese and Spanish chorizo with fresh bread, seafood pasta dishes and delicious seasonal desserts like almond cakes. Expect colourful parades, cultural performances and a lot of Christmas cheer to brighten up your holidays.
Christmas Day events
Resorts are well prepared to cater for those looking for a traditional Christmas meal on Christmas day itself with the beach as an impressive backdrop. You may even spot Santa Claus making an appearance by the pool!
The all-inclusive packages available at many TUI resorts mean that you can indulge in an extravagant Christmas celebration that is already taken care of as part of your trip. Resorts with Kids Clubs will organise special Christmas events and entertainment on the big day for all the family. All you have to do is sit back and let the festivities come to you!
Fly to the Canaries
Tenerife, Lanzarote or Gran Canaria may be located in a tropical paradise off the northwest coast of Africa, but they are easily accessible by plane from Dublin. Flight time is only four and a half hours from Dublin, bringing you effortlessly from the Christmas shopping rush to serene Spanish resorts like Puerto Rico (Gran Canaria) and Costa Adeje (Tenerife). With all the warm weather appeal, fun traditions and refreshingly different cuisine, could you see yourself on a beach in the Canaries this Christmas? If so, check out the destinations on our website and make your booking for an extra special Christmas.
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