Aaah, Christmas in Israel. After spending many a Christmas here in Israel, we’ve gotten to know exactly what makes the Holy Land tick come Santa time.
You might be forgiven for wondering if the Holy Land actually “ticks” at Christmas, but, if you look hard enough, there’s plenty beyond the super obvious trek to Manger Square in Bethlehem (but if you are looking to visit Bethlehem, this is one budget-friendly Christmas Eve tour you won’t want to miss).
We highly recommended you check out our Top 10 things to see and do to feel festive in the Holy Land, that should give you a great starting point on what to look out for over Christmas.
In addition, we’ve collected some of our popular Christmas articles below… they should give you an idea of what, where, and how to celebrate Christmas in Israel!
This is a great introduction to Christmas in the Holy Land, and what you can expect from a wee visit to Israel during the festive season…a must-read for the first-timer to Israel over Christmas! If you’re expecting a gloriously festive Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, with tinsel hanging from every shop window, you might want to have a rethink…
This is the official guide to what’s on in Bethlehem over the Christmas period, including the famous Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity. Well worth a visit, just for the Christmas vibe you can get from the others joining you in Manger Square! Of course, the ultimate option is to join this budget-friendly Christmas Eve tour that takes care of all the logistics…
This article includes an official guide to what’s on in Nazareth this December (scroll down past the Bethlehem events to see). You might be surprised to know there’s an annual Christmas Parade, plus a Midnight Mass in the ever impressive Church of the Annunciation! And there is also an annual Christmas Market in Nazareth that typically lasts for a week or so in the runup to Christmas.
To be honest, you could walk the streets of Tel Aviv through December and not have an inkling that Santa was about to visit. There will be areas that might have a couple of Christmas-friendly shops, particularly in Jaffa and South Tel Aviv. But unless you’re going to stay at a hostel or a very Christmas friendly hotel, you’re not going to get much of a Christmas vibe. This article will give you a flavor of what a Christmas-hungry tourist in Tel Aviv will go through…
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