Tenerife Weather December Averages, Canary Islands
What's the Weather Like in Tenerife in December?
Is Tenerife Hot At Christmas?
Tenerife will certainly feel warmer at Christmas when compared to the UK. On Christmas Day in 2017 the average temperature was 18°C and in 2018 it was 19°C. In 2019 it reached 22°C. And all three Christmas Days were sunny all day.
How Hot Is Tenerife In December?
Tenerife is an island of extreme microclimates. The south of the island is usually warmer, drier and sunnier than the north in December.
You can expect the weather to be warmer than the average if you're holidaying in Tenerife South (such as in Playa de Las Americas or Los Cristianos) or cooler if you're holidaying in Tenerife North (such as in Puerto de La Cruz).
Can You Swim In The Sea In Tenerife In December?
Tenerife still enjoys six hours of sunshine a day and a sea temperature of above 18° C, which is warm enough for swimming.
How Wet Is Tenerife In December?
Tenerife experiences hardly any rainfall through the year and December is no exception.
How Windy Does It Get In Tenerife In December?
Across the month, the average wind speeds for Tenerife range between light and fresh breezes.
Tenerife Hotels in December
Sunprime Coral Suites and Spa
Sunprime Coral Suites and Spa in Playa de Las Americas is a popular choice for couples looking for accommodation during their holiday in Tenerife. This adults-only hotel is ideally located, close to the Safari Centre where you'll find loads of shops and restaurants, as well as Las Vistas Beach and Playa Izquierda one of the best surfing beaches in the south.
Facilities within the resort include a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a sun terrace, free WiFi access throughout, mini market with international products and gym with state-of-the-art equipment. Most guests agree that the highlight of the hotel is the spa.
Iberostar Bouganville Playa
Also in Playa de Las Americas, Iberostar Bouganville Playa is the perfect hotel for families who want everything they could possibly need close to hand. This four-star resort is located just steps away from Playa del Bobo beach and boasts two buffet restaurants with show cooking and Canarian cuisine, four bars, well-equipped gym, WiFi access, beauty salon and loads of sports facilities.
For children, there are several swimming pools, various kids' clubs for different ages, playground, children's menus in the onsite restaurants and babysitting services.
Aparthotel Cordial Golf Plaza
In Golf del Sur, Aparthotel Cordial Golf Plaza is a great place to stay if you want to combine a spa and golf holiday. Located just a short walk away from the Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur golf courses, this hotel is best known for its spa which features a thermal circuit with heated pools, showers, hot tub and water-immersed beds with massaging jets.
Club Marino Tenerife
Located in Costa del Silencio, Club Marino Tenerife features a self-catering apartments, each of which comes complete with an American kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bedroom all tastefully decorated. There is a small range of services and facilities onsite, including large outdoor swimming pool heated in winter, smaller children's pool, kids' club, playground, gym, supermarket with international products, beauty salon, hairdresser and free WiFi zones.
The Jacaranda Hotel in Playa de Fañabe is popular with couples and families looking for a great value four-star hotel to stay in during their holiday in Tenerife. Close to the Playa Fañabe and El Duque beaches, as well as a great choice of family-friendly nightlife venues and shopping opportunities, this hotel is ideally located whatever type of holiday you're into!
Guests can choose between superior standard and superior family rooms, each of which is decorated with seaside-inspired yellows and blues. Family rooms are larger than their counterparts and also include a sofa bed for two children aged up to 12.
Come evening, the kids can entertain themselves at the mini disco whilst the adults can relax listening to the live music or watching the shows at the Piano Bar.
Tenerife Beach for December
Playa Las Gaviotas
Approximately 10km further north from Las Teresitas beach in Santa Cruz is Playa Las Gaviotas. This beach is a challenge to get to, but its secluded location has made it one of the most popular naturist beaches on the island, with the dark volcanic sand Tenerife is known for.
Due to its remote location, you won't find any facilities here, apart from some parking spaces and a small snack kiosk which sells basic Canarian food and drink. The waves at this beach can get very large at times, making it a popular hotspot for surfers. But when surfing conditions are optimal, swimming is usually too dangerous. So if you see surfers heading into the water, make sure you get out!
The beach in front of the Lago Martianez swimming pools in Puerto de la Cruz is known as Playa Martianez and it's one of the calmest and safes beaches you'll find in the north of Tenerife. This is due to half of the beach being protected by a rocky breakwater, making it safe enough for swimmers and providing snorkelers with loads to see underwater.
Although there are very minimal services and facilities on this black sandy beach, you'll find plenty of bars, cafes, restaurants and mini markets just a short walk away in the centre of the resort.
Surrounded by cliffs El Bollullo beach is in the northern tip of the Island. The beach is surrounded by stunning scenery and is completely unspoilt and natural. The sea is pristine however strong currents can make it less kid friendly. The beauty of this isolated spot make this beach well worth a visit.
Bars and Restaurants
Restaurant Tambo in Puerto de La Cruz is a great place to go for freshly cooked fish and seafood. This seafront restaurant offers great ocean views alongside an extensive menu packed with local dishes made up of fresh ingredients caught that very morning. If you can't make your mind up, try the fish and seafood platter you'll get a little bit of everything.
The Original Wigan Pier in Playa de Las Americas is a popular place for evening entertainment in the south of Tenerife. Family-friendly entertainment takes place almost every night, with quizzes, bingo, karaoke and tribute act performances held regularly throughout the week. Typical British pub grub makes up most of the menu, including pies, burgers, jacket potatoes and fish and chips all available.
Paddy's Lounge in Los Gigantes offers excellent and reasonably priced range of dishes including Asian, British, Indian, grill and even a Christmas menu for the festive period! The bar downstairs features large screen TVs with sports coverage, and a fantastic selection of beers and spirits. Visitors can also enjoy live shows and evening entertainment during or after their meal.
Things to do in Tenerife in December
For some Christmas spirit, enjoy the festive decorations that are placed throughout many of the island's towns such as La Laguna, a well visited north eastern town which holds an annual Christmas market. Also, take a trip on a cable car up to Mount Teide for a stunning, snowy landscape; perfect for this time of year!
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Pena Francia
Lovers of history and architecture won't want to miss the chance to visit Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Pena Francia in Puerto de la Cruz. This church is one of the most-visited sites in the resort and it's surrounded by small gardens with benches. The statues and the decorations here are some of the finest on the island and there is a number of cafes nearby where you can enjoy a refreshing drink as you watch the world go by.
In the South of the Island and within easy reach of Los Cristianos. Las Aguilas translates into The Eagles. Las Aguilas is a zoological and botanical gardens is renown for its outdoor birds of prey show. The gardens are surounded by lush green plants, it is host to a large variety of big cats, lemurs, and monkeys.
December events in Tenerife
Dia de la Constitucion (Constitution)
6th December 2020
National Holiday celebrating the day when Christopher Columbus first set foot on the Americas, in recent years this has been the occasion for some political protests.
25th December 2020
Most towns on Tenerife put up some sparkly lights during Christmas and New Year. For festive displays that will blow you away, head to the bigger traditional towns and cities. After dark there's a buzzing Christmas atmosphere in places like Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, La Laguna and Santa Cruz where, as well as a wonderland of lights, there are full Xmas programmes that include live bands and even carol singers.
New Years Eve
31st December 2020
As well as Christmas, Tenerife also celebrates New Yearâ€™s Eve in December. On the night of the 31st, huge street parties are held throughout many resorts, includingÂ Los Cristianos,Â Los GigantesÂ andÂ El Medano, when locals and tourists come together to celebrate. There are usually several music concerts held in the town squares, as well as a variety of food and drink available from kiosks in the area. The highlight of the evening is the spectacular firework displays held at midnight, followed by more partying until dawn.