While the days may draw shorter, there is still a great selection of things to do in Israel in December. With cultural events continuing throughout the month, and festivities for Jews for Hanukkah, and Christians for Christmas, as well as New Years Eve in Israel which is becoming bigger every year, December 2017 in Israel offers a great selection of events and festivals for all tastes, ranging from major cultural festivals to folk music festivals, and comedy tours, to concerts.
December 2017 Events in Israel
Sufganiyot, a traditional food for Hanukkah which will be seen across Israel during December, by Avital Pinnick on Flickr
Throughout December – Holiday of Holidays. This event in Haifa offers festivities to celebrate the major festivals of its Jewish, Christian, and Muslim residents, in Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan. Almost every day of the month, and especially at weekends, there are concerts, exhibitions, tours, shows, and conferences.
December 2 – KYGO is heading to Israel for his first concert in the country!
December 4-6 – Superstar Bryan Adams will give two concerts in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem!
December 6 – 8 – Some great Jazz performances for the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival
December 12 – Rapper Wisin performs in Tel Aviv
December 12 – 20 Hanukkah in Israel takes place for eight nights. The foods and symbols of Hanukkah will be visible across the country, and whilst not a national holiday in which businesses shut down, it is a time of festivity.
December 10 – 20 – UTOPIA Science Fiction and fantastic film festival takes place at Tel Aviv Cinematheque
December 24 – Christmas Eve Tour. Go back to where it all began with a one-day or two-day Christmas Eve tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
December 25 – Christmas in the Holy Land. Christmas in the Holy Land is a magical experience for any Christian.
December 30 – Comedian Jerry Seinfeld returns to Tel Aviv after his 4 sold-out performances in 2015
December 31 – New Years Eve in Israel, also known as Sylvester, is becoming increasingly popular every year, with parties taking place across the country, especially in Tel Aviv. (2017-2018 events will be updated as they become available)