Festive Fun

If there’s one thing you won’t regret on Lanzarote at Christmas, it’s getting out and about and discovering the traditions and opportunities that the Christmas season provides. Here are a few of the places you can’t afford to miss…

There are Christmas events all over Lanzarote, Check your local Ayuntamiento for further details.

Haría
The little town nestling among the northern hills is uniquely charming around Christmas time. The marketplace on Saturday mornings is always a hive of activity, and a place where you can find local produces, artisan gifts and much, much more.

Don’t miss the nativity scene in the small Plaza de la Constitución, and it’s always worth heading up Calle Longuera to the indoor food market and the indoor craft workshop.
In the New Year, Haría also hosts Malabharía, the island’s only circus festival, with free open air shows in the marketplace and evening circuses in the sports pavilion.

Teguise
Teguise Market on Sundays is, of course, a brilliant place to do some gift shopping, with hundreds of stalls offering an immense range of souvenirs, clothes and artworks. But it’s also worth visiting at other times, when the old town is quieter and much more peaceful, while many of the permanent shops and artists studios remain open.

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Arrecife
Arrecife buzzes in the run-up to Christmas, with the main shopping street, Calle Real, full of activity. The best time to go is probably Saturday morning, when the street market in the Plaza de San Ginés is open and ranchos (strolling bands of folk musicians) add to the festive atmosphere. In the evenings, the Charco de San Ginés is bound to buzzing with extra festive cheer, and the Three Kings parade on the 5th January is always packed.

San Bartolomé
San Bartolomé is always worth a visit at Christmas – the small town offers the chance for some Christmas shopping that may surprise you, and it’s also worth nipping down to the Monumento al Campesino to buy island wines and souvenirs. And don’t forget Playa Honda, with its bustling Deiland shopping centre and plenty of smaller shopping streets.

Yaiza
Yaiza is the site of the island’s most famous nativity scene – a large model of the island with most towns and landmarks clearly visible, several typical figures carrying out farmwork and fishing, and, of course, the Kings, Shepherds and Holy Family. It’s usually ready by about the 10th December, and people come to Yaiza from all over to see it.

Tías
Many of the events in Tías will take place in Puerto del Carmen, including celebrations of St. Lucia’s Day and various visits by Santa Claus – culminating in the annual Santa Claus parade on the 20th December. There are also terrific shopping opportunities at the Biosfera and elsewhere, but it’s also worth heading up the hill to see the lights in Tías itself, and explore the shopping opportunities in this attractive little town.

Marinas
The island’s three marinas: Puerto Calero, Marina Rubicón in Playa Blanca and Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife, all offer some great designer shopping opportunities, and are a great place to just wander and soak up some stylish atmosphere in the run-up to Christmas.

Find out more
Each one of the island’s seven Ayuntamientos (Town Halls) will issue a calendar of Christmas events which should be available by the time you get this magazine. Just search the name of the municipality and Navidades to get results, or pop into your local Town Hall.