There will be New Year celebrations throughout Tenerife tonight, with music and dancing in most plazas to welcome in 2017 with the lucky grapes and champagne, and of course fireworks!
In Los Cristianos, the party will be in the Plaza del Pescador outside the Cultural Centre as usual. Festivities kick off around 10.30 with music, and “lots of surprises” and a party bag. Adeje’s Fin de Año celebrations start at 11pm, and will be in the main town again this year, the new venue chosen to replace La Caleta in order to bring people into the town to help local commerce, satisfying wide demand from locals for many years. Like last year, the party will be in the Plaza España between the Ayuntamiento and the Church at the top of Calle Grande, with the traditional grapes on offer to welcome in the new year to music from Maquinaria and Sensación Gomera.
Other major parties are in El Médano’s Plaza del Médano from 11pm, and in the north, La Laguna will see in the new year with a party in the Plaza de la Concepción, and Santa Cruz in the Plaza de la Candelaria. Puerto de la Cruz will kick off the party earlier, from 10pm in Plaza del Charco.
Spanish TV will broadcast the new year live on television as usual from Madrid, but Candelaria will have a starring role in the Feliz 2017 programme because the presenters will cut to celebrations in the main plaza of the basilica three times in the “golden hour”. The mainland is an hour ahead of us, of course, so celebrates New Year an hour before us. For those who want to see Candelaria broadcasting live, watch TVE1 at 10.45pm, 11.02pm, and 11.55pm – Canarian time.
Wherever and however you’re celebrating, I hope 2017 will be happy, healthy, peaceful, and safe for us all, both here in Tenerife and wherever else you might be as you’re reading this. Happy New Year!