Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Israel. There are many festive and holy things to do in the Holy Land for Christmas and our friends at Israel21c tell us the top five places worth checking out this holiday season!
Christmas in Israel means walking through the small streets of Jerusalem’s Old City, taking part in a Christmas parade, attending a Christmas Mass or church service, playing in the snow at Jaffa’s Winter Festival, and sampling traditional foodstuffs at one of the holiday markets…
Christmas festivities in the capital city of Israel include Midnight Mass, carol concerts, market shopping and holiday-themed tours.
The Jerusalem International YMCA is hosting a variety of events this year including a Christmas Festival (December 9-11; free) featuring Christmas crafts for sale, snow machines, music, a giant Christmas tree and workshops for children. The YMCA will also host a Christmas Carols Concert (December 24 at 8pm).
If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the YMCA Christmas market, head over to the Old City’s Christian Quarter market for olivewood souvenirs or to the more upscale Mamilla Avenue mall. The year-round market stalls add tinsel and Santa paraphernalia for the holiday month.