Win a FREE trip for two to Israel. It’s the ultimate Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa gift from the Israel Ministry of Tourism, to the land where three important religions of the world were born. The prize includes two round-trip flights and five nights accommodations in Israel.
Enter to win though the last night of Hanukkah, December 13, 2015. Entries can be made by visiting the Israel Tourism Facebook page.
Each day you’ll receive an additional entry with an additional chance to win.
Israel also is offering FREE transportation to Christian pilgrims visiting Israel for Christmas:
On December 24 and 25, the Ministry of Tourism will offer free transportation, helping pilgrims and visitors travel between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism will welcome tourists and pilgrims at Rachel’s Crossing with sweets in the spirit of the holiday.
Some of the inter-religious events taking place in Israel during the holiday season include:
Christmas in Nazareth:
December 19 – A festive concert to celebrate both Chanukah and Christmas, performed by the Galilee Orchestra, Upper Galilee Choir and singer Keren Hadar. The concert is at the Industrial Park in Nazareth and guests will be offered wine.
December 24 – Christmas Eve starts off with a massive parade drawing in thousands of participants from various youth groups together with leaders of Christian communities, held through the main street of Nazareth. The evening will include a fireworks display sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, and a Christmas Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation.
December 25 – All the Catholic Churches will celebrate Mass. At the Basilica of the Annunciation, the first Mass will begin at 7AM, with a festive Mass taking place at 10AM.
Christmas in Jerusalem:
December 18-19 – Christmas Holiday Bazaar at the YMCA is a lively fair of stalls full of original Christmas goods and crafts including a giant Christmas tree, music from the tower bells, Santa Claus, snow machines and workshops for children. The YMCA on Jerusalem’s King David Street is a city landmark, its wonderful art-déco design by none other than the architect of the Empire State Building! ymca.org.il
December 24 – Christmas Carols Concert at the YMCA: The Annual Christmas carols concert includes the Jerusalem International YMCA youth choir and soloists from the Israeli Opera. The grand finale will be a sing-along, where the conductor will lead the audience in familiar Christmas hymns and carols. ymca.org.il
Christmas in Tel Aviv-Jaffa:
Through January, the old Jaffa port hosts the first ever Christmas Market in Jaffa, in collaboration with the Israeli Food Channel. A spectacular Christmas tree, beautiful lights and snow cannons are only a few of the holiday traditions that will set the mood for this winter festival. The Market features dozens of stalls packed with fresh local produce, unique delicacies from local chefs and holiday gifts. The fair will also feature special cooking classes taught by top Israeli chefs, live music and more. www.tel-aviv.gov.il
Christmas in Haifa:
Haifa celebrates a unique and special event, the “Holiday of Holidays” festival that is taking place for the 22nd time December 8-24, 2015. This holiday event combines the celebration of the three religions born in Israel: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. “Holiday of Holidays” activities are held during the weekends, and they symbolize the values of coexistence, living together in peace and harmony, and the mutual respect of all six religions in the city. The festival includes an antique fair, an arts and crafts fair, live music, and special authentic cuisine prepared by residents of Wadi Nisna. It will take place in the Arab Wadi Nisnas neighborhood and extends to the German Colony at the foot of the Baha’i’ Gardens.