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Christmas in Israel – Celebrating Christmas in the Holy Land

Christmas in Israel – Celebrating Christmas in the Holy Land is a definitely a unique experience. You are in Israel and it’s already December. Snow is not coming early this year (or let us be honest – not coming at all). The days grow shorter, and it looks like someone in city hall forgot to put up the special lighting decorations, and the Christmas trees. For some reason bells and carols are not in the radio’s top ten, and where did all the special sized chocolate boxes go?…Cheer up Santa is not leaving anyone behind and we are here as his little helpers to give you all the information you need about Christmas in Israel, the Holy Land.

Christmas in Bethlehem

The main service is held in the city of Bethlehem, at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity where according to the tradition Jesus was born. You can take part of Bethlehem’s midnight mass at the Basilica of the Nativity, together with a crowd of of other believers, tourists and locals. more info

Christmas in Nazareth

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Photo: Photo: Dr. Avishai Teicher

Christmas in Nazareth, an Arab christian city in the north of Israel is also worth a visit. You can join the annual parade to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, which is the official opening of the christmas happening, watch a great fireworks show or shop in the local christmas market!

Christmas in Jerusalem

Christmas in Jerusalem is lot’s of fun and who knows, you might even score some snow. Besides the fact that Jerusalem is always full of joyful Christian tourists, it is also the home of a big and diverse Christian community. So don’t be surprised if you run into local versions of Santa Claus, or a nifty little christmas shop. In case you

Christ Church

Christ Church, located next to Jaffa Gate inside the walls of the old Old City is a good place to start though it can be a bit crowded. If you are looking to a more subtle version, try exploring other Christian sites such as Mary’s Dormition Church on Mount Zion, the Tomb of the Virgin on the Mount of Olives and the Garden Tomb.

Christmas Spirit
Check out the YMCA next to King David hotel, it’s probably the most christmas decorated spot in the city, and has a great Christmas Eve Family Carol Service

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President Shimon Peres at the Franciscan Church in Ramla
Photo: GPO/Mark Neiman


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