The Atlantico Gran Canaria Shopping Centre has a nice Christmas atmosphere at the end of November. Every year, you can see many different Nativity scenes in many different places of Gran Canaria, and one of the best is displayed in this shopping mall. We recommend everyone to drop by and have a look at it, and at the same time take advantage of the huge variety of shops.
This year, the Nativity scene was inaugurated by the mayor of Santa Lucia de Tirajana, which is where the shopping mall is located, on November 22nd, 2013. There was a brief ceremony where the local priest gave his blessings to the scene with holy water. Canarian musicians and singers were present too, to entertain all those who were shopping, as well as those who came to see the main event.
In the photo above, the mayor of Santa Lucía de Tirajana, Mrs. Dunia Gonzalez, inaugurates the Nativity scene. On her left is the designer of the scene, who has put a lot of work in it, Mr. Fernando Benitez, and on her right, the manager of the shopping mall, Mr. Wenceslao Gomez.
The priest of Vecindario, Mr. Antonio Lopez, blesses the scene.
The whole shopping centre has been decorated for the holiday season, and there is a huge Christmas tree at the entrance. This tree is three floors tall. In Spain, the season begins later than other countries, and lasts till January 6th, which is when the three wise men travelled from far away and took gifts for baby Jesus. Many of the shops that belong to the mall, have also been decorated. The toy soldiers below are at the entrance and greet all the shoppers that enter from the parking lot.
This year, this shopping centre will be open on many Sundays during the month of December, so that everyone can do their shopping on time. Here’s a list of the holidays on which the shopping center will remain OPEN:
All Sundays of December: 1th, 8th, 15th, 22th, 29th
January: Open on Sunday the 5th till midnight
On the following days of December and January the shopping centre will remain CLOSED:
6th December (Spanish Constitution day)
13th December (Saint Lucia Day)
25th December (Christmas day)
1st January (New Year’s day)
6th January(Three Kings Day).
Sale will start on January the 7th of 2014.
December 7th - Christmas Concert - 19.00 hours
December 8th - Magic Show - 18.00 hours and again at 19.00 hours
December 15th - Children's play "The Chocolate House" - 19.00 hours and again at 20.00 hours
December 18th to 23rd - Santa's Elves will cheer everyone from 18.00 to 20.00 hours.
December 20th - Children's play (Puppets) 18.00 and again at 19.00 hours
December 21th - Christmas choir - 19.00 hours
December 22nd - Children's play - 18.00 hours and again at 19.00 hours
December 23rd - SANTA ARRIVES AT ATLANTICO - 18.00 hours
December 26th & 27th - The Three Kings' (wise men) royal pages will be entertaining everyone from 18 to 20 hours.
December 27th - Children's play (Puppets) 18.00 and again at 19.00 hours
December 28th - Christmas Concert - 19.00 hours
December 29th - Children's play "A Christmas Story" - 19.00 & 20.00h
January 2nd - New Year's Concert - 19.00 hours
January 2nd, 3rd, 4th: The Three Kings' royal pages will be entertaining everyone from 18 to 20 hours.
January 3rd - Children's play at 18.00 & again at 19.00
January 4th - The Three Kings (or Three Wise Men) arrive at Atlantico on camels.
Our first showcase is from the Swiss4U shop, specialized in all kinds of items from Switzerland.
The Body Shop's showcase is full of a Christmas feeling.
Mango, the clothes shop, has nice golden decoration.
Zara Home, the Spanish franchise of houseware, really knows how to set up the hall for the Christmas dinner.
Cortefiel, a nationwide Spanish clothes store for the whole family, has a nice red deer with a muffler. Plus, these guys start their special offers before anyone else.
We would like to thank the management of the Atlantico Shopping Centre, for providing us with such nice pictures of the event.