Plans for Christmas in Gran Canaria

If an island is that famous like Gran Canaria then it’s obvious that at Christmas time you have a lot of activities you can do. That’s why the plans in the island are very varied.

No doubt, spending Christmas on this island is synonymous with strolling through cobbled and decorated streets, nativity scenes, cafés and restaurants, beaches, fairs and paths. The roots of the Christmas time know no limits in Gran Canaria.

The winter of the island invites you to take part in an adventure where a wide and varied offer of cultural and leisure activities stands out. Do you dare to discover it at this time of the year to make it a unique moment?

The best plans for Christmas in Gran Canaria

Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or Epiphany are moments of a special moment at the end of the year.

If you also add beach, nature, culture, arts, adventure or gastronomy then you really have the opportunity to enjoy a mixture of magic experiences.

This is Christmas in Gran Canaria: a great cultural and natural offer you can only find here.

1. Christmas sand crib

Yes, magic exists! It’s called art. And it seems so when you pass by the christmas sand crib with all his sand sculptures in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at the Las Canteras beach. On spanish we call it “Belén de Arena”.

This nativity scene is the biggest in Europe and it's designed by the best artist in the whole world. In that case dreams and sand are getting together.

For its construction tons of sand are moved but also a great amount of imagination and talent is required. It’s worth the effort, because thousands of people come to visit this beauty.

However, the rich tradition of the Nativity Scenes on the island means that almost all the municipalities have their own unique sets of these, all of which have been created by specialists who have worked hard to create these structures.

Source: Your Gran Canaria

2. World carols

Another plan for Christmas in Gran Canaria that is proof of the intense and extensive cultural offer of the island is to transport the public to other places in the world without leaving their seats while enjoying a musical show.

The epicenter of this is the Auditorium Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which this year offers a charity concert with a selected programm of christmas songs from all around the world.

The event will take place on 23rd December and will be a great opportunity to enjoy the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria in all its splendour for the fifth consecutive year.

Gran Canaria has been sounding good for centuries thanks to its geographical location, its history and the mixture of people and cultures from Europe, America and Africa that has turned the island into a sounding board for the sounds of the world and its own melodies and genres.


3. New Year’s Eve Concert

Christmas is the perfect occasion for discovering the register of Gran Canaria. As a sample, another typical appointment is the New Year’s Eve Concert of the Symphonic Orchestra of Las Palmas.

And in this ninth edition, which will be held on 26 and 27 December in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, it will also be possible to enjoy great works from the lyrical and symphonic repertoire.

With the supervision of maestro Rafael Sánchez Araña, supported by tenor Celso Arbelo and popular music singers Manuel Estupiñán and Patricia Muñoz, who will be joined by the timple of Germán López, it is an ideal show to enjoy these magical works.

This annual event usually is sold out (perhaps because of its Participatory Choir with around 100 members, which makes the concert itself more impressive and closer to the public). It is one of the unique plans for Christmas in Gran Canaria.


4. Christmas Theatre

Did you know that Benito Pérez Galdós was born in Gran Canaria? This year, 2020, marks the centenary of the death of the greatest Spanish novelist in history after Miguel de Cervantes.

Because of that, the theatre Pérez Galdós of the capital of Gran Canaria shows the fiction work Galdós enamorado (Galdós in love), starring Emilio Gutiérrez Caba and María José Goyanes and focusing on the epistolary relationship between the Canarian author and the great Galician writer Emilia Pardo Bazán.

It is, without doubt, a great opportunity to commemorate one of the greatest writers of the spanish literary history.


5. Alternative christmas markets

This time of the year, almost all municipalities of the island put their red christmas clothes on, lighten their biggest streets and on their squares they organize very nice christmas markets.

Of course, the canarian “cold” cannot be compared to the one of the cities located in the peninsula or other cities in Europe, but enjoying the christmas mood on a christmas market in a short shirt and flip-flops is something unique.

Don’t hesitate to try some of the canarian sweets of this period, like sweet empanadas with sweet potatoes or the cabello de ángel which is a pastry filled with a pumpkin jam and sugar. There are also a lot of other canarian sweets like handmade nougats with gofio, almonds, sugar or milled..

Holidayworld Maspalomas, a different Christmas in Gran Canaria

Furthermore, you can also enjoy practically (almost) everything you can think of in the most important leisure and entertainment centre of the Canary Islands located in the south of the island: Holidayworld Maspalomas.

Only here you can come bowling at Swing Bowling & Restaurant, the only professional bowling alley in Gran Canaria with 16 lanes where you can test your aim and enjoy the best food and drink in the restaurant.

If you want to feel like a real music star, at Bamm Karaoke you can leave everyone speechless by playing some of the more than 30,000 songs in its four themed rooms.

Do you like challenges? In the Anthology Escape Room you will have to challenge your senses and escape with the help of certain tracks. Its four escape rooms with different levels of difficulty with riddles and puzzles will be a real test for your intelligence.

Looking for a magic place where to have fun on Christmas? Wooland Fun Park is the only amusement park on the Canary Islands and with more than 20 attractions (open air or inside) you could really have a good time there.

How about doing a little exercise to combat the typical excesses of this time of year? Ozone by Reebok Functional is that gym you've been looking for and where you can burn off those extra calories in a modern facility.

Do you like gambling? Then Palm Kasino is the ideal place where adults can try their luck with numerous games in which to enjoy a great leisure alternative.

Are you more a sports fan? The Harrow Sports Bar is a unique place where you can have a good time watching your favourite team's games in the best possible atmosphere and where you can taste tasty dishes and drink some of their more than 25 brands of beer.

And if we already are talking about food... there is no better option than going to Nomad Gastro Market, a meeting point where 14 restaurateurs offer a great selection of world cuisine in a privileged space.

In short, Christmas in Gran Canaria is very varied, but above all, different to what you would probably have thought before reading this article. What are you waiting for to enjoy this wonderful island in winter? We are waiting for you!

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