Published on : Friday, December 13, 2019
Israel celebrates the holiday season with Chrismukkah festivities While Ringing in 2020 with new hotel Openings, increase in international and domestic flights. The festive season is here, and with Hanukkah and Christmas overlapping this year, travelers are sure to have a memorable experience when visiting Israel during the holidays.
This year, Jerusalem’s Old City will host its annual Christmas Market, creating a festive atmosphere with lights and decorations that the whole family will enjoy. The alleyways of the Old City will be filled with decorations, Christmas trees and even Santa’s House. In Tel Aviv, the city will host its annual Christmas Market in Jaffa with live entertainment and a Christmas Day Parade.
A variety of Hanukkah tours will also be available, taking guests on a Menorah-lit path through the streets of Nachlaot and Old City Jerusalem. Those taking the two-hour tour will visit the Jaffa Gate, Jewish Quarter alleyways, the golden menorah, the Western Wall and the official Jerusalem Hanukkah Menorah.
New this Christmas season are the free shuttles between Jerusalem and Bethlehem provided by the Israel Ministry of Tourism on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The destination is expecting to see more than 165,000 faithful travelers from around the world visiting these cities for religious pilgrimages. The complimentary buses will take travelers from Jerusalem to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
With increasing tourism numbers throughout 2019, Israel is developing new tourism offerings, hotel openings, meetings and incentive programs, and increased flights that travelers can look forward to.