Lanzarote in December is a perfect place to be to get some winter sunshine, either on a pre-Christmas break or over the Festive period. Flight prices and accomodation prices are also at their cheapest for anyone who has a tight budget.
The most asked question about Lanzarote in December is: what’s the weather like? Generally there will be lots of sunshine, although there is always a chanceof a few cloudy days and if you are unlucky, then there might be a rain shower. Winds are usually from the North-East at around 20kph. Daytime temperatures will be in the low to mid-20’s Celsius in the shade, with temperatures around 15 degrees Celcius at night. In the direct sun, out of the wind, temperatures will reach 30 degrees Celcius. The evenings often feel chilly after the heat of the day, so it’s advisable to wear a jumper, cardigan or jacket. On most days it is sunbathing weather, and everyone should wear high sun factor protection to stop your skin burning. There is nothing worse than getting burnt on your first couple of days, and then having to suffer for the remainder of your holiday.
Averages for Lanzarote in December:
• Average temperature 19 degrees C 66 degrees F
• Highest temperature 22 degrees C 72 degrees F
• Lowest temperature 15 degrees C 59 degrees F
• Sunshine Hours – 6 hours
• Rainfall – 29 mm
• Rainfall Days – 4 days
• Chance of rain – 12%
• Chance of a cloudy day – 9%
• Chance of a windy day – 48%
• Sea temperature – 20 degrees C 68 degrees F
Most of the swimming pools are not heated during the Winter months so they can feel quite cold when you get in them, but once you are in then it can feel alright.
As the temperatures in Lanzarote in December are lower than they are in the Summer then they are ideal for getting out and about on the island, and visiting the tourist attractions and going on excursions.
Traditions and Public Holidays
Christmas in Lanzarote is very different to that experienced elsewhere in Europe. The local people have their main Christmas celebration meal on the evening of December 24th, and if anyone is staying in a hotel, then this is the time when the hotel provides a Gala dinner. Christmas Day tends to be like any other day, so you will find that many shops, bars and restaurants in the tourist resorts are open as usual. Many British people look for a restaurant or bar that serves a typical British Christmas Dinner. British owned establishments will offer this, at either one or two sittings. It may be necessary to book this meal as soon as you arrive in your resort.
For anyone who is on Lanzarote in December, then leading up to Christmas you will be able to visit a ‘Belen’ – which is a traditiona, large scale, nativity scene that is set up in most of the towns. They are open to the public everyday until 6th January.
The 6th December is a public holiday to celebrate Spanish Constitution Day, and the 8th December is a public holiday to celebrate the Immaculate Conception.
Christmas Day is also a public holiday, but ‘Boxing Day’ is not celebrated in Spain on the 26th December. The next celebration is on New Year’s Eve on the 31st December. It is a tradition to eat a grape on each of the 12 chimes of the clock leading up to the New Year. Fireworks will be also let off to celebrate the New Year.
Lanzarote in December is an excellent time to visit. The temperatures are the best in Europe at this time of the year, and you can get a tan for Christmas!