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Nativity Christmas

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December 24-25

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7)

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“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7)

Highlights of the feast

December 24

Bethlehem*, Church of Nativity -
Noon:
The Patriarchal procession leaves from the Old City in Jerusalem to the Monastery of Mar Elias, and proceeds thence to the Church of the Nativity via the Bethlehem checkpoint. Midnight: The Midnight Mass is held at the Church of St. Catherine followed by a procession and visit to the Grotto of Nativity.

December 25

Bethlehem*: During the day, Masses are celebrated in the Church and in the Grotto. Shepherds Field*: Special Christmas Mass is celebrated at 14:00 hours. Christmas services are held in various Protestant churches in Bethlehem*, in Shepherds Field - Beit Sahour* and in Jerusalem (A,P).

Related sites worth visiting:

  • Shepherds’ field - The sanctuary of the “Gloria in Excelsis” in Bet-Sahur*.
  • The Milk Grotto in Bethlehem*.

*Under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.

 

Visiting the site/s may require special arrangements, including coordination for transportation and guides



 

 Sites & Attractions

 
The Margalit Winery is a small family winery which was established in 1989 and is known...
Guided tours include views of the region with an emphasis on battle history. There is a...
A permanent exhibit of Circassian traditions, clothing, musical instruments, weapons an...
The winery was established in 2005 and was constructed partially in the shape of a bott...
Museum on the Seam is a unique museum in Israel, displaying contemporary art that deals...
A water tunnel extending 280 m out of Mei Kedem, which was built more than 2,000 years ...
 

 Accommodations

 
The HI-Mitzpe Ramon Hostel is set on the cliffs of the spectacular Makhtesh Ramon (crat...
There are rooms in two-story buildings and rooms for families with a balcony and privat...
​In a pastoral ambience between tropical trees and roses greenhouses
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