The now annual Christmas Market in Nazareth is a great place for those of you in need of some real Christmas spirit!
We’ve mentioned it before (read here), but Christmas in Israel is probably not what you were expecting. There’s always the trip to Bethlehem, and maybe even Nazareth itself during the Christmas period, but it’s never quite enough for true Christmas lovers (yes, us, and many of you out there – I know you’re out there!).
So for that Christmas fix, head to the Christmas Market in Nazareth!
This year (2016) the Nazareth Christmas market will start on 18 December and continue til the 23 December. As usual, the market will take place at Mary’s Well Square, just up the road from the famous Basilica of the Annunciation. Just so you know, the action usually kicks off in the early evening, and not before, though it seems there are a few activities for kids earlier in the afternoon.
At the market you’ll find some great market stalls selling some local produce, arts and crafts, food and entertainment for all the family, including some local singers and bands on stage and, of course, just in case you’re with the kids, Santa! We’ll be there this year, so hopefully will be able to post some pictures at a later date (see the video below for a great taste of the action).
Started in 2010, the Christmas Market in Nazareth was launched as an initiative of the Nazareth Association for Tourism and Culture and the Council of the Arab Orthodox community, as well as the auspices of the Mayor of Nazareth. Its main aim is to assist tourists and expats get over Christmas withdrawal symptoms. Possibly. Or it might be just that the market is there to put Nazareth well and truly on the tourist map (we think it should be anyway – check out our things to see and do in Nazareth).
And if you’re looking for more Christmas activities in this part of the world, don’t miss the Christmas Parade on Christmas Eve in Nazareth (it starts in the afternoon but get there early!), plus Christmas Mass at the Basilica (which usually starts in the evening). See our complete guide to Christmas events in Nazareth (and Bethlehem).