Preparing for Christmas in Jerusalem
Christmas in Jerusalem is a truly unique time with thousands of pilgrims coming to the city to celebrate Christmas in the place where it all began (nearby in Bethlehem). The city, in particular, the Old City’s Christian and Armenian quarters, become adorned with decorations, while other Jerusalem landmarks such as the YMCA, along with the city’s churches celebrate with services and carol concerts. Below are some of the best things to do in Jerusalem at Christmas.
Christmas in Jerusalem Events
Here are some of the highlights of Christmas in Jerusalem in 2018.
Jerusalem Christmas concerts
- Advent Bazaar in the Courtyard of the Church of the Redeemer at the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion December 1 and December 2, 2018.
- Christmas Concert at the YMCA on December 24, 2018 – Santa and Youth Choir at 17:00 and Carillon Bell Concert and Tree lighting at 18:15.
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem (Franciscan Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament)
- Pontifical Institute, Notre Dame Center (New Gate, Tel. 02-6279111, Fax: 02-6271995), holds multi-lingual masses
Midnight Mass in Bethlehem
Bethlehem’s Festive Christmas Tree.
Midnight mass in Bethlehem is a unique experience. Our organized Christmas in Bethlehem tour is available every year from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Eilat, and includes all guiding, transport, and a special festive dinner. Entry to the church is difficult and usually pre-arranged by ballot. Spaces to the tour are limited so we recommend booking early.
Here are 5 reasons to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem.
Christmas in the Old City
In the Old City, head to the Via Dolorosa and watch pilgrims from around the world walk this famous route with the cross of Christ over their shoulders, made a little more special with the Christmas air.
Across the Christian centers in Israel, Christmas is celebrated. See separate articles about Christmas in Nazareth, Christmas in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and Christmas in Israel.