Peace, unity and goodwill in Adeje this Christmas


Next weekend the traditional Christmas market will open in the parking of the Adeje School of Music and dance

Adeje will celebrate the Christmas season with a message of peace and unity and the programme of events began with a swing with a concert by the Adeje Patron Band last Saturday. The Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga switched on the Christmas lights afterwards.

From now until January 5th, when their majesties the Three Kings of the Orient join in the Adeje parade from 7pm, there is a busy programme of seasonal events throughout the borough. Included are the Christmas Market which happens next weekend (December 4th – 6th) in the parking beside the Adeje School of Music and Dance, a funfair every afternoon from December 17th to January 10th behind the Adeje Cultural Centre and, for the first time in South Tenerife, there will be ice-skating, in the Magma Arte & Congresos centre, from December 18th – January 10th.

Dates for you diary should include the choral concert on December 4th with the Orfeón La Paz from La Laguna in the Adeje Cultural Centre and Saturday December 12th when the Christmas Market moves to the Calle Grande from 5pm. That same evening at 8.30pm the Royal House Band are in the Cultural Centre and from 9.30 the Plaza de España will sway to the amazing sounds of the The Latonius Gospel Choir.

Thursday December 12th is the date for the Unity Concert with performances from the Adeje School of Music and Dance, the Adeje Patron Band, folk groups and Ballet Beanky. And on Friday why not visit La Hoya to see the traditional living Nativity scene, from 8.30pm.

December 31st will be celebrated in style in the Plaza de España with live music from the Maquinaria Band and Sensación Gomera orchestras.

Throughout the month there will be events religious and traditional all over the borough. The full programme can be downloaded at and is available in both Spanish and English.

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“Spending Christmas in Adeje”

Thursday, 4th of December
17:00 Blessing of the Senior Citizens Nativity Scene
Senior Citizens Centre, Adeje Cultural Centre.

18:00 Cinema: Las Constituyentes
Adeje Cultural Centre.

Friday, 5th of December
17:00-22:00. Christmas Market
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decorations and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attractions and activities, musical performances…
Las Torres Car Park.

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17.00 – 19.00 Celebration of San Andrés (children).
Related activities and workshops.
Las Torres Car Park.
17:00 “Píntanos La Navidad” (Picture Christmas). The exhibition hall will be open from December 5th to 22 for all those who want to ‘picture Christmas’.
Adeje Cultural Centre.
20:30 Hair fashion show
Adeje Cultural Centre

Saturday, 6th of December
10:00-20:00. Asociación San Juan Christmas Market.
Asociación San Juan

10:00-22:00. Christmas Market
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decorations and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attractions and activities, musical performances…
Las Torres Car Park.
19:30 Concert in honour of Saint Cecilia by the Adeje Municipal Band.
Convento de San Francisco, Adeje.

Sunday, 7th of December
10:00-18:00. Arts and Crafts market.
Showcase and sale of crafts, food, workshops, seasonal music…
Centro Comercial El Mirador. Playa del Duque.

10:00-22:00 Christmas Market
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decorations and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attractions and activities, musical performances…
Las Torres Car Park.
18:00 Children’s activities and carol singing by the El Cardón Group.
Tabaiba Residents Association, Plaza de Los Olivos.
Tuesday, 9th of December
17:00-19:00 Traditional pastry workshop: Rosquetes Fritos.
Wednesday, 10th of December
17:00-19:00 Traditional pastry workshop: Truchas.

18:00 Blessing of the El Galeón Residents Association Nativity Scene.
Parque Jardín Botánico, Las Nieves.


Thursday, 11th of December
19:00 Exhibition of Martial Arts with the Taekondo, Capoeira, Kendo, Judo, Kárate and Jiu Jitsu groups
Plaza de España.
Friday, 12th of December
17:00 Blessing of the Armeñime Senior Citizens Nativity Scene
Armeñime Cultural Centre.
18:00. La Gomera Crafts Market.
Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta.
19:00 Mass in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
San Sebastián Church, La Caleta.
20:00 Homage to La Gomera.
Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta.
Saturday, 13th of December “Spending Christmas in Adeje”
17:00-24:00 ‘Degústame’ (Try Me) Christmas Special, Christmas Market, sports activities, bouncy castles, storytelling, music, theatre, etc…
Calle Grande, Adeje
21:00 “Sabandeños for Christmas” concert
Plaza de España
Sunday, 14th of December
11:00 Walk for Life/Carrera por La Vida, in association with the Spanish Breast Cancer Association and the Association of Women with Breast Cancer
Departs from City Centre Commercial Centre.
Monday, 15th of December
17:00-19:00 Workshop – Breads of the World (December 15th – 19th)

21:00. Carol singing with the Armeñime Parranda Boleros.
Streets of Armeñime.
Tuesday, 16th of December
21:00. Carol singing with the Asociación Cultural Imoque.
Streets of La Postura.
Wednesday, 17th of December
20:00 ”De las posadas a los años nuevos: Nuestra Navidad” (From the inns of yesterday to the times that followed: Our Christmas) with the Adeje School of Folklore group, with the participation of the Guía de Isora Samara folk group.
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.

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Thursday, 18th of December
21:00h Celebration of the Day of Hope and blessing of the Nativity Scene at the La Viña hermitage.
La Viña.
22:30h. Carol singing by the Adeje School of Folklore.
Calle Grande, Adeje.
Friday, 19th of December
18:00 Christmas Theatre.
Asociación San Juan

20:00 Christmas Unity Concert
Participants: Adeje Municipal School of Music, Borough Folk Groups, Adeje Municipal Band, and Ballet Beanky.
Plaza de España.
Saturday, 20th of December
20:30. Living Nativity Scene, Tijoya Residents Association
Plaza de La Hoya.

Sunday, 21st of December
10:00-18:00 Arts and Crafts market. Showcase and sale of crafts, food, workshops, seasonal music…
Centro Comercial El Mirador. Playa del Duque.
18:00 Christmas craft workshop for children.
Plaza César Manrique. La Postura.

19:00 Father Christmas visits La Postura.
20:30 Gospel Concert: The Latonius & The Star Choir. Tickets €5
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.

Monday, 22nd of December
09:00- 13:00 Christmas children’s camp (from December 22nd to January 5th)
Parque Jardín Botánico. Las Nieves
19:00 Carol concert, Adeje Municipal Band.
Plaza de Salityen. Costa Adeje.
Tuesday, 23rd of December
19:00 Carol service.
Callao Salvaje.
Friday, 26th of December
19:00 “Un regalo diferente” ( A different present). Theatre performance by Teatrapa company. Entry price: a toy.
Adeje Cultural Centre theatre.

20:30 Adult storytelling
Exhibition hall Adeje Cultural Centre.
Saturday, 27th of December
17:00-19:00 Children’s workshops
19:00 “Clowneando”. Theatre performance by Reymala company.
Plaza César Manrique

Wednesday, 31st of December
23:00. NEW YEAR’S EVE, with the Wamampy, Sensación Gomera and Tejina Orchestras.
San Sebastián, La Caleta.

Saturday, 3rd of January
17:00-19:00 Children’s workshops
19:00 Puppet show “Pandilla de fuga” (Leaky Gang!) by the Tragaluz company
Plaza Cruz del Llano.
Monday, 5th of January
17:00. Arrival by helicopter of Their Majesties the Three Kings of the East and their official welcome.
Municipal Football Stadium (El Galeón).
19:00. Three Kings Parade with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television.
Calle Grande (Adeje).

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Christmas Celebrations and Traditions, Near and Far

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Adeje is a cultural cross roads, a salad bowl of traditions and practises, and Christmas is just one of these times when we tend to remember how we celebrated this festive season in the different countries of our birth.
With people from over 120 different countries living in our multi-cultural borough, it would be virtually impossible to list all the different traditions that are represented here today. But what is interesting is how immigration over the years has seen some practises from our past travel to new lands and adapt to new communities?
Here in Spain the most obvious example at Christmas is, no doubt, the fact that Santa Claus now visits many many children in Spain – in the past he left most of the gift-giving to his good friends the Three Kings, who brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But as communities in Spain and in Adeje began to welcome families from other lands, Santa Claus agreed to include Spain in his busy schedule.
But while we now share many customs, some we still observe in our own way. For instance for most Spanish people the big Christmas meal, where family come together, is dinner on Christmas Eve. Traditional meals will almost inevitably include prawns or other shellfish, with meats or fish as part of the main course. Most businesses close at lunch time on December 24th to give people time to get home and get ready for the meal, and while small presents may be exchanged that night, the big day for presents in Spain continues to be Kings Day, January 6th. December 25th is really a day to relax, and attend religious services for those who wish to.
To those of us who are from the UK or Ireland, December 25th is the day when our children will wake up early (too early for many parents!) and search eagerly for their presents under the tree. That afternoon is when we will have our Christmas lunch or dinner- with turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes and vegetables. Regional differences may see goose served instead of turkey, in Ireland a boiled ham is frequently served alongside the turkey, in the UK ham, roast beef or roast pork may be the second meat. Cranberry sauce is standard for the turkey as well. After the main course Christmas pudding is served, often lit with a dash of whiskey as it enters the dining room, and usually accompanied by cream or brandy butter. In many households the pudding is made months in advance, and steamed on the day.
The next day is traditionally our day to relax and get over the excesses of the large meal.. In the UK December 26th is Boxing Day, the name probably stemming from the old custom in Britain of giving a ‘Christmas Box’ to tradesmen and women on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. This is turn is linked to an older tradition which saw many servants who had served the family where they worked on the 25th allowed home on December 26th, often with a box containing gifts and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food. In Ireland the day is a Feast Day, St Stephen’s Day and the day of the Wren Boys!
The Wren Boys traditionally were groups of small boys who would hunt for a wren, and then chase the bird until they either caught it or it died from exhaustion. The dead bird was tied to the top of a pole or holly bush, which was decorated with ribbons or coloured paper. On St. Stephen’s Day, the wren was carried from house to house by the boys, who wore straw masks or blackened their faces with burnt cork, and dressed in old clothes (often women’s dresses.) At each house, the boys sing the Wren Boys’ song in return for money which would be used to hold a dance for the whole village. Even today groups of Wren Boys will be seen on St Stephens day, but without dead wrens.

wren boys
Similar to the Wren Boys but not just in Ireland, Mummers would also go from house to house, and they would perform plays and wear disguises, often of straw, and ask permission before entering the house. Mummer performances would have been the first kind of folk theatre experienced in the UK and Ireland, and these would have been generally light-hearted occasions with audiences allowed to laugh and comment during the play. This tradition has also travelled with immigrant waves in previous centuries, and today you will find Mummer groups performing theatrical works in Russia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and many other parts of the world.
Christmas is a very special time in Germany too, the country which has brought us the notion of the Kris-kind, or Christ chid, which many of us have adapted to use for gift giving among groups of friends or workers. There, on December 6th, many houses receive a visit from St. Nicholas. On the night before, children place their newly cleaned shoes by the front door in the hope that Nicholas might fill them with nuts, fruits, chocolate, and sweets and not a stick which they will get if they have been naughty. The German excellence in baking and biscuit making comes into its own too at this time of year. Christmas markets are hugely popular and traditional in Germany and are held in many towns and cities during December, with hand crafted gifts and produce on offer in the most of picturesque settings. The Advent Calendar, also a German invention, is now found in many countries around the world, whether home made or shop bought, and is a lovely way for children to count down to December 25th.
The Christmas Crib first appeared in Italy though has undergone changes since then with many countries adapting the concept and adding different figures. In Sweden on December 13 young girls visit homes bringing cakes, dressed in long white robes and wearing a crown of candles like Saint Lucia. Lucia was a martyr, probably from the 4th century, who helped Christians who were persecuted by the Romans to survive by bringing them food in their hiding places, wearing a crown of candles.
Christmas is celebrated throughout the African continent by Christian communities, and there are approximately 350 million Christians in Africa. The Coptic Christians in Ethiopia and Egypt celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December in their calendar, which is the 7th of January for most of the rest of us, similar to the Russian Orthodox church. However, some Russians observe two Christmases and even two New Years, following both the church and the secular calendars.
Take care here in Spain on December 28th – while you probably won’t see Wren Boys, you might find yourself the victim of a prank or two. This is Dia de los Inocentes, which is, in a sense, the Spanish version of April Fool’s Day.
As in most part of the world celebrations are pretty spectacular on New Year’s Eve. While many of us might watch the count-down on television tuned into Big Ben in London, for Spanish people who live in the peninsula they will probably watch the clock and celebrations in the Puerto del Sol, in Madrid, though don’t forget it will be 2014 an hour earlier there. Local television stations here will be tuned to Santa Cruz, but if you are in Adeje why not go down to the plaza in La Caleta where the year will be rung in style with live music and lots of fun. Also remember to bring your grapes. In Spain traditionally people eat one grape for each stroke of the clock at midnight on December 31st, and for each grape you swallow you should have a month’s good luck in the year to come.
January 6th is the probably the most important date of the year for Spanish children. Even those who might have been good and received a present from Santa Claus in December will know that it is the arrival of the Three Kings, Melchior, Balthazar and Gaspar, that sees their ‘big’ present delivered. Parades take place in many towns and here in Adeje the Kings arrive by helicopter at 5pm on January 5th to the main town football stadium and at 7pm there is a terrific parade up Adeje’s Calle Grande with each of the Kings on a magnificent float handing out sweets to passers by. There is loads of colour and fun during the parade with a host of other characters taking part. The next day children will wake early to find out what they have been left – and hope it’s not a lump of coal!

three kings adeje
In Ireland January 6th is also celebrated, but it is know as Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Christmas, and is a day when men traditionally did all the housework. In Canada, in Quebec have a celebration called “La Fete du Roi” They bake a cake and place a bean in the middle. Whoever is the lucky discoverer of the bean, gets to be the king or queen, according to tradition.


Give A Little, Help A Lot…

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It’s all relative – what might seem like nothing to you could mean a happier Christmas for someone else. So take just a few minutes of your time to pick up either a gift for a child or some non-perishable food item and drop it into the San Sebastian Commercial Centre in La Caleta this Thursday, December 19th. From 10am to 8pm people will be collecting on behalf of the Adeje social services division to help those in need, and there are many.
During the day there will be other events taking place. From 11.30 to 1pm the excellent Puchi Méndez will host a live transmission Hoy por Hoy Tajaraste, and from 5pm to 8pm the kids can go wild, with bouncy castles and other activities, while the adults can enjoy a canapé or two, or a wee cake, there will be a raffle for beauty prizes from Elixir Wellness and lots more, all taking place on the first floor of the San Sebastian Commercial Centre.

Renew Your Passport

Don't wait till you get to the airport to check whether your passport is still in date

Don’t wait till you get to the airport to check whether your passport is still in date

The following  press release was issued recently by the Irish Embassy contained wise advice for all ex-pats who might be thinking of travelling to their home country for Christmas. However some of the specific information in the following release does apply to the Irish Embassy and Irish passport holders only.

Please take a moment to check the expiry date on your passport. You should always apply for your new passport at least three months before your current passport expires. People often realise at the last minute that their passport has expired and at peak periods, such as December or in the lead-up to the summer holidays, it can be very difficult for us to turn the application around in time for you to travel. Passports can take up to 10 weeks to process from the date a correctly completed application form with the required supporting documentation is received here at the Passport Section in the Embassy. This means that if you need a new passport for Christmas travel you should apply without delay.
Don’t forget, should you need to travel while your passport application is being processed, you can still do so if your current passport remains valid. We can return your current passport to you if you provide a prepaid self-addressed envelope, or you can go to your nearest Honorary Consulate or to the Embassy to get a copy stamped instead of sending us the original
Unfortunately, approximately half of all passport applications we receive at the Embassy contain errors, some so fundamental that the applicant has to apply afresh. This can be very frustrating for the applicant and contributes to longer processing times for everyone.
Common mistakes in filling in the form: read this and avoid them!
• Have you included the expiry date of your credit card?
• Has the credit card holder signed?
• Make sure your signature fits inside the box in Section 8!
• Take your time on section 8 and 9: if you make a mistake here, the entire application is void.
• Take care with your photos. Follow carefully the photo guidelines provided with the form. Don’t forget that the witness must write the form number on the back of your photos.
• If your previous passport was lost or stolen, the witness in Section 6 must be the same as in section 9.
• Finally, if you need to contact us, the best way is by email,
The best way to contact the Embassy passport division is via their dedicated passports email address, If you wish to check on the status of your application, please use the online tracking system rather than email them directly, using the 11 digit tracking number that will have been on your application form.
The Embassy passport phone line is open from 09.30 – 13.00hrs, Monday to Friday on 91 436 4093. They have also introduced a handy way to avoid the hassle of a late application with an automatic passport reminder service,
If you need an application form you can collect one at your nearest Honorary Consulate during their morning opening hours (their details are on our website –, or you can send an email to Madrid.passport@dfa.iewith your name, your full postal address and the number of forms you need.