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Santi draws on Canary scenes for nativity creations 

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Beautiful nativities will once again be appearing in various parts of Tenerife at the expert hands of artist Santi González.

Santi has been creating these beautiful Christmas scenes using life-like figures for years and they are a much-admired aspect of the festive season on the island.

The one in Icod de los Vinos is particularly unusual this year as it encompasses all that is wonderful about Tenerife, from Teide through to the old dragon tree in the town centre, wine-making, the countryside, waterfalls and the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of all the Canaries in her cave of Chimisay.

The tableau even includes real fish to add to its authenticity.

Santi started his beautiful naticity scenes, known in Spanish as a “belen”, 25 years ago and this one in Icod de los Vinos has taken tremendous work since October.

Its atmospheric show locals treading the grapes, wineries, hamlets and Teide in all its splendour.

Santi, who comes from La Laguna, is also creating other crib scenes in other municipalities.