Many people find it strange to think of Christmas without a winter landscape, without freezing cold in the street or, even, without snow. For others, it is a dream to spend it on the beach. In Puerto de la Cruz you can live the Christmas that you want and now you will discover why.
Think about what you like most at this time of the year, what plans do you prefer to make? Walking the streets under the Christmas lights listening to Christmas carols? Going through small and unique stores in search of the perfect gift? Going to a fair and eating a delicious caramelized apple? Seeing the snow in the morning and bathing on the beach before sunset?
Everything you imagine is possible in Puerto de la Cruz, or very close to it.
The ideal weather
That’s where we should start, for the most important part: weather in Puerto de la Cruz is perfect to enjoy the month of December.
Temperatures are pleasant (maybe it is a bit cool at night and you have to put some coat on, but there are few things that represent this time of the year better than that warm and comfortable gesture) and you can enjoy both sunny days without a cloud in the sky and winter days with a cup of hot chocolate in the same week.
In December, the streets of Puerto de la Cruz become more welcoming. Beautiful Christmas lights decorate each corner and go on at dusk to illuminate this small city full of life.
Stars, bows, bubbles and other Christmas decorations guide locals and visitors on their nocturnal walks through the most busy squares and streets.
For this reason, the cultural melting pot that characterizes this small town on the north coast of Tenerife becomes a little more special, more lively, in the last month of the year.
The atmosphere that is breathed in December is more common in other parts of the world than in Puerto de la Cruz itself, but here there are a number of factors that make it even better.
The streets are full, but the hustle and bustle is pleasant, and even those who have phobia of crowds have a smile on their face. In addition, as it is a small town, there is always room for everyone.
Some music groups cheer up and go out to sing and play Christmas carols, and you can come across them here and there on your walks through the town. There are also different events and themed concerts that you can attend to awaken your Christmas spirit.
It is one of the most characteristic features of Christmas in Puerto de la Cruz. The fair takes place every year next to the wharf and captures the hearts of both adults and children alike.
An esplanade that serves as a parking lot for the rest of the year is almost completely full with different attractions and stalls where you can win the oddest prizes.
The music, the sounds of the fair and the laughter flood the area and the atmosphere makes everyone feel good.
A burst of colours takes place every evening until the end of the festivities, telling the fairground workers they must close.
Puerto de la Cruz is full of small shops offering souvenirs, jewellery, technology, fashion, beauty items, something delicious to eat… and almost anything you intend to find to take you away.
And the good thing about the Christmas campaign is that they are open for longer and you can enter and leave, search, compare, and take the time you want to shop.
It is the ideal place to find themed Christmas gifts with the island of Tenerife as the main character.
Snow and a bath on the beach
It will sound impossible to you, but it is not. Very likely, at least the Teide peak will be covered with a blanket of snow in December, which you can see from the National Park (a must), but also from Puerto de la Cruz itself.
And at the same time you can be bathing on the beach and sunbathing in the sand. In addition, there are several delicious ice-cream parlours in the downtown area where you can enjoy a good ice cream that will help make the moment even more special.
Snow, beach, an ice cream, Christmas …? Probably you do not believe us, but yes, we mean it. It is something that you will understand when you live it personally.
What does Christmas smell like?
Has not it happened to you that there comes a time of the year, one day, suddenly, when you go out and it smells like Christmas? It is difficult to explain, it is the cold of the season (although Puerto de la Cruz is not that cold), nougats and polvorones, happiness drawn on the faces of the people we meet down the street…
That smell floods the air every December in this municipality of Tenerife. You go out and the icing on the cake, which crowns the atmosphere, the lights, the people, the Christmas carols, etc. is that characteristic smell that we love so much.
The best way to end the year
We cannot think of a better place to spend unforgettable holidays. You can eat, walk and enjoy a magical place such as Puerto de la Cruz at Christmas.
We cannot think of a better place to reflect on what we have experienced throughout the year and what the next one will bring us with good intentions, enthusiasm and hopes.