There will be celebrations throughout Tenerife tonight, with music and dancing in most plazas to welcome in 2019 with the lucky grapes and champagne, and ideally with the traditional red knickers on “for luck”, and of course fireworks!
In Los Cristianos, the New Year’s Eve party will be in the Plaza del Pescador outside the Cultural Centre as usual, while Adeje’s Fin de Año celebrations will be in the main town again this year, in the Plaza España between the Ayuntamiento and the Church at the top of Calle Grande. This is now the usual venue after locals asked the council to move the party from La Caleta in order to bring people into the town.
Another major party in the south is in El Médano with Granadilla and San Miguel Ayuntamientos again providing free transport for those coming down to the coast from other parts of the area (see poster left, click to see full size), while in the north, La Laguna will welcome the New Year in the Plaza de la Concepción, Santa Cruz in the Plaza de la Candelaria, and Puerto de la Cruz’s celebrations will again be in the Plaza del Charco.
Spanish TV alternates its live broadcasts between the Canary Islands’ provinces, and so will be filming this New Year’s celebrations from Tenerife: the location chosen to welcome in 2019 is the plaza Buganvilla in Los Gigantes. Apart from being live on TV it will also be shown on Spanish TV online HERE, as well as live on mirametv.com. Spanish TV’s main programme is broadcast from the Puerta del Sol in central Madrid where the chimes of the famous clock bells ring out at midnight – 11pm our time! – as celebrants eat their traditional grapes one per chime of the countdown, and then again at our own Canarian midnight an hour later. Wherever and however you’re celebrating, I hope 2019 will be happy, healthy, peaceful, and safe for us all. Happy New Year!