Christmas Markets and Nativity Scenes – The Most Festive Plans in Santa Cruz

20 Dec, 2023 | Canarian Life, Events, General

Today, on the Apartamentos Bruja Blog, we take you on a journey through the charming Christmas celebration in the island’s capital. From traditional nativity scenes to bustling markets, every corner of the city brims with the joy and spirit of Christmas. The holiday season envelops Santa Cruz de Tenerife in a festive glow that captivates both locals and visitors alike.



Christmas Markets: Art, Gifts, and Gastronomy

The markets offer a universe of options to find unique gifts, from handmade crafts to authentic seasonal flavors. Emblematic places like Plaza de España and Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena transform into festive settings, where music and gastronomy blend to create an unforgettable atmosphere.

  • Christmas Market at Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena

With over 70 stalls, this traditional market is a paradise for lovers of crafts and gastronomy. Located at Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena, it offers everything from leather products to handmade jewelry, vivid-colored clothing, and a wide range of unique art and creations. The diversity of offerings includes scarves, jams, gofio, all bearing the quality and authenticity of the holiday season. Open until January 6th, it’s an ideal place to find special gifts and enjoy the essence of Christmas.

  • Gastronavidad Market Fest at Plaza de España

In this gastronomic market, Plaza de España becomes a feast for the senses. Apart from an excellent culinary offer, this market provides live music and a wide range of activities for all ages. Immerse yourself in the culinary and musical experience while enjoying the Christmas atmosphere in one of the city’s pivotal points.

  • Christmas Market at El Corte Inglés

From December 23rd to January 5th, at El Corte Inglés Christmas market in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you’ll find a wide range of Christmas items, from panettones and chocolates to Disney products. Located in the square between El Corte Inglés and Centro Comercial Nivaria. Additionally, you can enjoy products from establishments like Sabela, Free Heart, or Baggerman el Holandés.

  • La Laguna’s Christmas Plaza

From December 22nd to January 5th, Plaza del Cristo de La Laguna turns into La Laguna’s Christmas Plaza. This festive space offers live music, food trucks with delicacies, mulled wine, chocolate, DJ sessions, Christmas cocktails, and special beers. Children will enjoy inflatable castles and play areas. Accessible from Apartamentos Bruja by tram (30 minutes), this celebration will be available from December 22nd to 31st and from January 2nd to 5th, offering an unforgettable Christmas experience.


Nativity Scene Tours: Celebrating Tradition

The nativity scenes, from the majestic setup at Cabildo to the innovative Lego Nativity Scene at Fundación CajaCanarias, immerse us in tradition and creativity. With over twenty entities and individuals participating, this contest is a window into tradition and creativity. The nativity scenes are spread across different locations in the city, offering a unique opportunity to explore these beautiful representations of the birth of Jesus Christ. From neighborhood associations to schools and parishes, each setup is a unique expression of the Christmas celebration.

  • Nativity Scene at Plaza de la Candelaria

The inauguration of this display, with 4.5-meter-tall figures, marks a milestone in the city’s Christmas tradition. This emblematic nativity scene offers a unique experience for those seeking to immerse themselves in the spirituality and beauty of Christmas.

  • Nativity Scene at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís

This year, Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís commemorates the 800 years since Saint Francis of Assisi created the first nativity scene in the Italian city of Greccio. A large nativity scene in the main altar of the parish is available to visit from December 20th to January 7th, offering a special commemorative experience.

  • Cabildo’s Nativity Scene

Open to the public, Cabildo de Tenerife’s Nativity Scene, created by José María Mesa Martín, showcases a standout biblical representation with detailed architecture and the use of recycled materials. This nativity scene will be available until January 6th, with specific schedules, being a cultural reference in the region.

  • Lego Nativity Scene at Fundación CajaCanarias

From December 1st to January 5th, Espacio Cultural CajaCanarias in Santa Cruz presents a Nativity Scene built primarily with LEGO DiscoverBricks pieces. Named “A Galactic Adventure,” this nativity scene merges tradition with magic, using over 250,000 LEGO pieces and the skills of over twenty builders to recreate emblematic scenes from the famous galactic saga. This special edition stands out for its classic design, offering a unique visual experience.



Christmas Agenda: Music, Workshops, and More

In addition to the markets and nativity scenes, the city’s Christmas agenda offers a wide range of activities for all ages. From live music to children’s workshops, food trucks, and shows, every corner of Santa Cruz de Tenerife breathes the Christmas spirit.

In conclusion, Christmas in the island’s capital is a feast for the senses and the soul. From the beautiful and traditional nativity scenes to the bustling markets brimming with craftsmanship and flavor, every corner of Santa Cruz de Tenerife embodies the Christmas spirit. It’s a season that transforms the city into a magical place, flooding the hearts of both locals and visitors with the characteristic joy of these dates. Ultimately, the Christmas celebration in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a kaleidoscope of experiences that enchants everyone who visits, making it an unmissable destination during this season of celebration and gathering.

And for those staying at Apartamentos Bruja, as always, you’ll enjoy a privileged place to immerse yourself in this magical Christmas atmosphere. From here, we wish you happy holidays, filled with light, joy, and unforgettable moments in this special time of year.

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