Weather in Lanzarote in December

Is December a good time to visit Lanzarote?

Surprisingly for such a small landmass, the weather in Lanzarote in December varies considerably across the island. Statistically December is the wettest month of the year on Lanzarote, but this is all relative and dependent on weather systems in the Atlantic. For the most part Lanzarote in December is comfortably warm by day and cool to cold at night, with a high probability of cloud cover over the northern part of the island. The southern coast, however, basks in sunshine most of the time, so choose a southern resort like Playa Blanca or Puerto del Carmen if you holiday in Lanzarote in December.


Climate in Lanzarote in December

Climate data for Lanzarote in December can be misleading: the average rainfall for the month is billed as 27mm, but some years there is hardly a drop and on others flooding has been reported. This is, however, regarded as the wettest month relatively on the island, particularly on the north coast, so expect some cloudy conditions. There will still be an average of 196 hours of sunshine for the month though, so no need to fear for your holiday suntan prospects. 

The maximum average temperature for Lanzarote in December is just over 21°C (69.8°F), which again is a little misleading as it is often several degrees warmer, particularly on the sheltered southern beaches. What is certain, though, is that the nights on Lanzarote in December are comparatively cold, with the mercury hovering at around 14°C (57.2°F) and below.


What’s on in Lanzarote in December

If all you want for Christmas is some sunshine, Lanzarote won’t disappoint. The locals celebrate their festive season on 6th January (Epiphany), but the Lanzarote beach resorts are usually packed with winter sun-seekers during the Christmas holidays and make sure that their guests enjoy the celebration, although don’t always expect to get roast turkey and the trimmings. Self-caterers will find the supermarkets are festooned with Spanish celebratory treats, so perhaps give your Christmas dinner a local flavor!


What to pack for a holiday in Lanzarote in December

If you’re planning to enjoy the nightlife in Lanzarote in December, bring all your glad rags, but don’t forget to add a warm coat because nights on the island can be cold this time of year. Days, however, are for fun in the sun and you will still need your swimsuit for sunbathing and perhaps a dip in the bracing sea or pool. For going out and about a t-shirt, light sweater and jeans or shorts will be comfortable.