Christmas in Bethlehem is one of the most significant settings in the world for celebrating Christmas Eve. Bethlehem, the Palestinian town in which Jesus was born, is located in the West Bank, just a few minutes south of Jerusalem. Although entering the Church of the Nativity is only possible with a ticket on Christmas, there are still very good reasons to visit Bethlehem. You can watch the performances on the large stage in Bethlehem’s center square, Manger Square, take photos in front of the soaring Christmas tree, soak in the unique Christmas atmosphere all around and go on a group tour to maximize your Bethlehem Christmas Experience.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, these events have been cancelled for 2020 and have been left up to show you normal events for this time of year. Merry Christmas from Tourist Israel!
Christmas in Manger Square 2020 – Tour from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, or Herzliya
Our Christmas Eve in Bethlehem and Jerusalem Tour runs on Christmas Eve, beginning in the early afternoon. There will be a drive past Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, Kidron Valley, and Old City Walls, before heading to Bethlehem, with the first stop at the Mount of Evil for a city panorama. There will be a festive dinner at Bethlehem’s Manger Square (with a viewing of the Midnight Mass on big-screen available), and possible entrance to the Church of the Nativity (subject to availability). Price is $119 per person from Tel Aviv or Herzliya and $109 per person from Jerusalem. Student prices are also available. This tourincludes a festive dinner and can sell out early. We recommend early booking early.
Christmas in Nazareth, Jerusalem & Bethlehem – 2 Days
Want to celebrate Christmas with a 2-day tour? Join us on our Christmas in Nazareth, Jerusalem & Bethlehem 2-day tour and spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day visiting many of the important religious sites that surround the holiday. The tour also includes classic Israeli highlights such as the Dead Sea, Akko, and Caesarea. Book your 2-day tour here.
Note: The Midnight Mass Events are managed by the Palestinian Authority and are subject to change, often without notice.