Christmas in Manger Square – the famous tree
Christmas in Manger Square in Bethlehem is one of the most iconic 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, and whilst entering the Church of the Nativity is not possible, watching the performances on the large stage in Manger Square, as well as other surrounding activities, complete with soaking in the unique Christmas atmosphere, is a very strong experience. Every Christmas Eve, a number of group tours are available, and joining one of these is recommended to maximize your Bethlehem Christmas Experience.
Christmas in Manger Square – Tour from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, or Eilat
Our Christmas Eve in Bethlehem and Jerusalem Tour runs on Christmas Eve, beginning in the early afternoon. There will be an 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 viewing of the Midnight Mass on big-screen available), and possible entrance to the Church of the Nativity (subject to availability). Price is $115 per person from Jerusalem or $125 per person from Tel Aviv or Eilat. This tour includes a festive dinner, and can sell out early. We recommend early booking here.
Christmas in Bethlehem and Jerusalem Tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem – 2 day
The Christmas Eve in Bethlehem and Jerusalem 2 Day Tour begins on Christmas Eve and follows the day tour itinerary listed above for Day 1. Following Midnight Mass, visitors will stay overnight in Bethlehem at a 3-star hotel. The following day, Christmas Day, there is a tour of the main Christian sites in Bethlehem including the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherd’s Fields. Leaving Bethlehem, the day finishes with a tour of Ein Kerem, where John the Baptist was born. Price is $290 per person from Jerusalem or $300 per person from Tel Aviv. This tour can be booked online here.
Note: The Midnight Mass Events are managed by the Palestinian Authority and are subject to change, often without notice.