Christmas in Israel is a special and magical time of year, unlike any other place in the world. Since only 2.5% of the population of the country are Christians, Christmas isn’t a widely celebrated holiday in Israel. Regardless, Israel houses some of the holiest sites including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square in Bethlehem and the town of Nazareth. Special Christmas services are held throughout Israel in Christian Churches along with Christmas concerts, markets, bazaars, parades, services and events. The town of Nazareth lights up with Christmas lights and outdoor markets celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah.
Celebrating Christmas in Israel is an unforgettable experience that will leave visitors with lasting memories for years to come. Here are events happening during the Christmas season and helpful tips and tour itineraries to make the most out of Christmas in Israel.