Christmas Program – Las Palmas 2019-2020
Nov 28 2019 – Jan 6 2020 all-day

The Santa Ana square will start the capital’s Christmas program on Thursday the 28th of November. From 20:00 the heart of Vegueta, the original old quarter, will me illuminated as well as the decorations installed on numerous streets and squares around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The lighting event on Thursday, 29th of November will feature a Christmas concert by the Symphonic Band of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Plaza de Santa Ana. Also on the same day, the traditional Canarian nativity scene of the Town Hall will be inaugurated.

The capital of Gran Canaria will be filled with colourful trees and palms, luminous threads and curtains of low energy consumption on the facade of the Town Hall. The festive program promoted by the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, includes more than seventy events that underline the dynamic and endearing nature of the seasonal festivities such as the classic Christmas concerts of Los Gofiones and La Trova, as well as the expected nativity scenes such as the sand Bethlehem of Las Canteras, the nativity in the Castillo de Mata Museum, inspired by Lanzarote and the figure of César Manrique, and those of the Rodríguez Quegles Mansion and in San Telmo, both orientalists.

The program highlights its marked cultural accent with the fourteenth Gospel Festival Canarias, as well as the six jazz concerts and the nine music meetings scheduled in two cycles in the wonderful Castillo de Mata Museum, based in the old castle that used to defend the original port at San Telmo and the old north wall of the original city.

Other leisure events in the capital of Gran Canaria celebrating Christmas happen in various enclaves such as Mesa and López, with an intense daily program that will energize the Ramblas with musicals, theatrics and children’s performances.

Within the chapter dedicated to the smallest in the family, the one that causes the most excitement is the arrival of the Magi (the 3 Kings) to the capital of Gran Canaria, which will take place on the morning of January 5, at the esplanade located at the Sanapú Pier, next to the Poema del Mar Aquarium, and their subsequent walk along the Cavalcade, which will again depart from the La Luz Castle heading in the direction of San Telmo.


at Plaza de Santa Ana, Christmas tree and lighting event at 20:00 accompanied by a concert by the Las Palmas Symphonic orchestra.

At Plaza de Saulo Torón ( Las Canteras beach ) Christmas tree lighting event at 20:00

The Anglican Church ( Rafael Ramírez street 13, Ciudad Jardin)
Rainbow Gospel Choir, the first gospel choir of the Canary Islands, will perform at 21:00. Free entry until full capacity is reached. The doors will open at 20:30.


At Plaza de Saulo Torón, inauguration of the famous Sand nativity scene on the beach of Las Canteras at 11:00.

At Parque Doramas, the Municipal Symphony Band will repeat its collaboration with this Gospel festival to deepen the nuances of gospel music starting at 21:00 in the José Antonio Ramos Auditorium amphitheater, in a performance that will feature international artist Kenneth Shearman


At Parque San Telmo, inauguration of the nativity scene of San Telmo at 20:00 enlivened by a gospel music concert.


At Jardines del Atlántico, the traditional Christmas concert by the music group La Trova. This 14th concert starts at 20:00 in front the the Auditorium Alfredo Kraus.

At Plaza de Santa Ana, the 32nd traditional Christmas concert by Los Gofiones at 21:00. Recommended to bring a donation of non perishable item.

At Las Canteras beach, The New Year Party with concerts and fireworks. From 23:00 to 04:00. Don’t forget the traditional midnight dip in the ocean or the 12 grapes.

2-5 JANUARY 2020 , The San Telmo Artisan market
Between 2-4 January from 10:00 to 21:00 and on 5 Jan 10:00 to 24:00

The Pier of Sanapú, the arrival of their majesties next to the esplanade of Poema del Mar between 11:00-12:00
The Three King Parade starts at 17:00 from Castillo de La Luz to Parque San Telmo

Parque San Telmo, the Three King night concerts by Non Trubada at 22:30.

Exhibition : ‘From Maspalomas to the Moon’ – Faro de Maspalomas
Nov 28 2019 @ 10:30 am – Jan 30 2020 @ 5:30 pm

The Department of Culture of the City of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has prepared, in collaboration with the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, a program of activities, free and open to the public, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and remember the visit made by astronauts from Apollo11 ​​to Maspalomas, in 1969.

The program will begin on Thursday, November 28, with the opening ceremony, at 18:30, of the Exhibition ‘From Maspalomas to the Moon’, which will be installed inside the Maspalomas Lighthouse, until January 30, 2020

Faro de Maspalomas. The Exhibition is open for public Monday to Sunday, from 10:30 to 17:00, until January 30, 2020.

Christmas program – Santa Brigida
Nov 29 2019 – Jan 5 2020 all-day

Christmas program of the Town hall of the municipality of Santa Brigida 2019-2020

Christmas program 2019-2020 – Gáldar
Nov 29 2019 – Jan 5 2020 all-day

Christmas program by the town hall of the municipality of Gáldar 2019-2020



Sand Art Nativity / Belén de Arena – Las Canteras, Las Palmas
Nov 29 2019 @ 9:00 am – Jan 7 2020 @ 10:00 pm

The Belen de Arena 2019 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, on Las Canteras Beach, one of the main Christmas references of the city and the island, has once more begun to come to life. A total of 8 international sculptors will start modelling the different traditional Christmas scenes on the 20th of November so that this artistic project of ephemeral sculpture can begin to receive members of the public from the 29th of November 2019.

Where: Plaza Saulo Torón ( La Puntilla end of Las Canteras )

Inauguration: 30 November at 10:30
Last day / Closes : 7 January
opening hours : Every day 09:00 – 22:00
Exceptions :  24 & 31 of December and 5th of January  09:00- 20:00

Fiestas Santa Lucía & Romería de Los Labradores
Dec 1 – Dec 22 all-day

The festivities in honour of the municipal capital’s patron, Saint Lucia, begins officially on Saturday, the 7th, with the official proclamation.  The festivities continue until the 22th with the pilgrimage offering for the “Romería de Los Labradores”. A popular pilgrimage that this year turns 51, as a benchmark in the recovery of Canarian traditions and includes Thursday 13 Dec as a local holiday in the municipality.

This is the last Patron Saint festivities of the year on Gran canaria.

Christmas program – Villa de Moya
Dec 7 2019 – Jan 5 2020 all-day

The Christmas program for municipality of Villa de Moya 7.12 – 5.1.

Moya starts their Christmas festivities on Saturday 7.12 with a market and the Christmas lighting event. 
Christmas market 17:00-23:00 on Calle Miguel Hernández. At 17:00 there is a audiovisual puppetry spectacle at Plaza Tomás Morales. There is children activities 18:30-22:30 at Calle Magistral Marrero. At 19:00 the municipality nativity scene opens at Casa Cultura. At 20:00 the lighting event with an audiovisual spectacle outside the church, Nuestra Señora de Candelaria. Between 20:00-23:00 Christmas gastronomy at Calle Leon y Castillo with eight stands representing the 8 islands ( tapas for €2) as well as selling of local produce. At 21:30 concert of Del Caney at Plaza del árbol retondo.  

On Sunday, a Christmas market between 10:00-15:00 on Calle Miguel Hernández. A fashion catwalk 12:00 at the municipal amphitheatre in Parque Pico Lomito. 11:00-14:30  children workshops and activities at parque Pico Lomito. At 13:15 a “Christmas Rock” Spectacle at the entry to the church Nuestra Señora de Candelaria.

On Sunday 15.12, the Christmas artisan and commercial Fair of Moya 10:00-15:00 at Calle Miguel Hernñandez.
Sunday 22.12 Christmas concert at 12:00 at Plaza Tomás Morales.

5.1. The Three Kings parade at 11:00 from Paseo Doramas via the main street all the way to the church.

Gran Canaria Pro-Am SUP Surf World Cup – Las Palmas
Dec 10 – Dec 19 all-day

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will host a prestigious World Championship Tour Stand Up Surfing event from the 10th – 19th December, with a nine day holding period allowing athletes to capitalize on the best surf through the holding period. With Open Trials competition to decide the final 4 spots in the Main Event, followed by the spectacular Surf competition from the World’s Best.

The Gran Canaria Pro-Am SUP Race is also the last stop of the Canary Championship.

Las Canteras Beach extends from La Puntilla to the Alfredo Kraus Concert Hall, a three-kilometre walk where different areas, each with its own characteristics, can be enjoyed: La Cícer (a surfers’ paradise), Peña La Vieja (with a rocky area full of sea life), Playa Chica and Muro Marrero (the most familiar area), Playa Grande (the birthplace of tourism in the Canaries), and La Puntilla (local fishermen’s las spot).

Also in Las Palmas :

Gran Canaria Pro-Am SUP Race inflatable World Games
SUP infl World Games 14/12 & 15/12 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Las Canteras- sport zone

Beach race on Saturday 14th of December
Long distance race on sunday 15th of December

Christmas market by Hotel Maritim Playa
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day

The 11th traditional and popular Weihnachtsmarkt; Christmas market at the hotel Maritim Playa, in Playa del Inglés. The Christmas Market opens at 16:00.

Christmas spirit and decorations, Canarian and German artisans, Glühwein, baked goods, music performances and much more.


Festival of Saint Lucia – Santa Lucía
Dec 13 all-day


Saint Lucy’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Scandinavia, with their long dark winters, where it is a major feast day. As well as in Italy, with each emphasising a different aspect of the story. In Scandinavia, where Saint Lucy is called Santa Lucia in Norwegian and Sankta Lucia in Swedish, she is represented as a lady in a white dress (a symbol of a Christian’s white baptismal robe) and red sash (symbolising the blood of her martyrdom) with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Norway, Sweden and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland, as songs are sung, girls dressed as Saint Lucy carry cookies and saffron buns in procession, which “symbolizes bringing the light of Christianity throughout world darkness.” [Find Out More on Wikipedia]

The coronation ceremony of the Swedish Lucía and the Canarian Lucía happens every year in the south, a tradition that has been celebrated for 56 ( 2019) years by twinning Luléa, a town in north Sweden, and the municipality of Santa Lucía de Tirajana in the south west of Gran Canaria, with two complimentary representatives of purity and light.

Every year the people of Luléa, Sweden, send their elected “Lucia” to join her Canarian counterpart here on the island in the run up to the Yule Time holidays.  Often these two young girls, with lights in their hair, will visit various events in the north and the south in the days before the main event in the tiny mountain village of Santa Lucia, in the Tirajana Valley

On December 13th the fiestas in honour of the patron saint, Santa Lucía, are held. These fiestas have been declared a tourist attraction, as they manage to combine religious festivals with public sentiment.

Arising from this combination of originality and tradition are events such as the procession of the image of Santa Lucía on December 13th, the crowning of ‘La Lucía’ together with her Swedish namesake

Both Lucia’s are usually crowned on the eve of the feast day at a service in the Ecumenical Church in Playa del Inglés as well as attending the annual Swedish Choir concert at the British Church of Las Palmas, Holy Trinity, on the north of the island.

  • The Feast of Santa Lucia also signifies the upcoming main feast day of the town, born out of the agricultural past of the municipality, the Pilgrimage of the Workers Romería de Los Labradores, which is celebrated on the weekend nearest to December 17th ( in 2019 the Romería is on 22nd of December ) and very well attended by thousands of the faithful who descend on the picturesque little village of Santa Lucia every year in traditional canarian costume.

Saint Lucy’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Lucy, is a Christian feast day celebrated on 13 December in Advent, commemorating Saint Lucy, a 3rd-century martyr under the Diocletianic Persecution, who according to legend brought “food and aid to Christians hiding in the catacombs” using a candle-lit wreath to “light her way and leave her hands free to carry as much food as possible”.Her feast once coincided with the WinterSolstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day has become a Christian festival of light. Falling within the Advent season, Saint Lucy’s Day is viewed as an event signaling the arrival of Christmastide, pointing to the arrival of the Light of Christ in the calendar, on Christmas Day.

I Eco Rally Isla de Gran Canaria
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
I Eco Rally Isla de Gran Canaria

The Eco Rally Isla de Gran Canaria is a car test open to the participation of electric and low emissions vehicles, which seeks to promote efficient driving and sustainable use of the car. This year will celebrate its first edition in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on December 13, 14 and 15.

The shopping center Alisios in Tamaraceite Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the key point in recharging process the
the rest of the I Eco Rally Isla de Gran Canaria will have more action around the Gran Canaria Stadium. In its different facilities will be located the venue of the test, press room, departures, arrivals, verifications etc.

See the timetable here ( in Spanish )


Feria de Navidad en Firgas & Gastro Norte
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm
Feria de Navidad en Firgas & Gastro Norte

The Christmas Fair of Firgas and Gastro Fair of the North between 13-15 December 2019 in the municipality of Firgas. Enjoy a Christmas Market, Food Truck, music and dance at the fairgrounds ( recinto ferial )


20:00 .- Inauguration of Gastro Norte and Firgas at Christmas.
20:30 .- Performance of “LA TROVA”.


From 11:00 Christmas Market and Food Truck.
11:30 .- Family Theater. Little Red Riding Hood at Casa de Cultura (Limited Capacity).
13:00 .- Performance of “PARCHITA COLORÁ”.
From 13:00-17:00, Workshops for teenagers.
14:15 .- Performance of “CON T DE TIMPLE”, CEIP group of Firgas.
15:00 .- Performance of “R-PLAY”, young group of Firgas.
15:30 .- Performance of “LOS LOLA”.
20:30 .- Performance of “SWING STAR”.


and from 13:30, performance of “LOS GRANJEROS”.

Christmas market by Hotel Maritim Playa
Dec 14 – Dec 16 all-day

The 11th traditional and popular Weihnachtsmarkt; Christmas market at the hotel Maritim Playa, in Playa del Inglés. The Christmas Market opens at 16:00.

Christmas spirit and decorations, Canarian and German artisans, Glühwein, baked goods, music performances and much more.


Feria de Navidad – Christmas Fair – Vega de San Mateo
Dec 14 – Dec 15 all-day
Feria de Navidad - Christmas Fair - Vega de San Mateo

Christmas market in Vega de San Mateo 14-15 December 2019

El Mercadillo Agrícola y Artesanal – Santa Brigida
Dec 14 @ 8:00 am – Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm
El Mercadillo Agrícola y Artesanal - Santa Brigida

The Weekend Market of Santa Brigida, in the northeastern inland part of the island, celebrated its 33rd anniversary this summer. This upscale village market in the centre of the town, where the local people and visitors gets local products. Varieties of cheese, country bread, jams and marmalades, natural produced honey and a variety of confectionery.

This beautiful old town was where the British aristocrats and merchants of the 18th and 19th century first came to visit on health holidays, making it one of the first tourism destination on Gran Canaria. It is still home for many aristocracy families and their gorgeous country homes.

Opening hours : Saturdays 8:00-20:00 and Sundays 8:00-14:00


Handicraft Market – Santa Catalina park
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Handicraft Market - Santa Catalina park

A new Handicraft Market aimed for cruise passenger in the Santa Catalina Park with ten stands to offer the island’s identity to tourists arriving this season.

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the city council of Las Palmas joint initiative will allow artisans who are part of the Foundation for the Study and Development of Canarian Crafts (Fedac) to offer their creations to visitors.

This market is located in the Plaza Islas Canarias and will be open from 9 to 17 hours. The stalls, which may be expandable to 30, will be available on November 23, as well as December 3, 14, 22 and 27, timed for the greatest transfer of cruise passengers.

Visitors can discover items from different trades, from cigars, leather goods, fashion, doll shop, stained glass, fabric decoration, recycled material, ceramics, jewelry, soap to felt.

Triana Happy Market Xmas Edition – Las Palmas
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

On Saturday, the 14th of December, the commercial area Triana in Las Palmas celebrates the event  “Triana Happy Market” Christmas Edition between 11:00-21:00.

In “Triana Happy Market” the shops of the area ‘go out to the street’ together with invited brands artisans, fashion designers etc. Enjoy a varied commercial offer that these streets offer as well as the atmosphere of the season. Christmas decorations,  activities, workshops, live music and much more.

Musicando – Las Palmas
Dec 14 @ 9:00 pm

New #Musicando series starts again with Jose Manuel Ramos who will open the new cycle on 28/9  with «Remembering Antonio Machín: Yesterday, today and forever».

The Musicando series of free outdoor concerts ( a total of seven ) are open for all to enjoy. This series starts on 28 September in Parque Doramas ( auditorium ) in Las Palmas.  All concerts start at 21:00 and are free to enter until seats full.


Christmas market by Hotel Maritim Playa
Dec 15 – Dec 17 all-day

The 11th traditional and popular Weihnachtsmarkt; Christmas market at the hotel Maritim Playa, in Playa del Inglés. The Christmas Market opens at 16:00.

Christmas spirit and decorations, Canarian and German artisans, Glühwein, baked goods, music performances and much more.


Free museums visits @ Cabildo Museums
Dec 15 – Dec 16 all-day

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