Bethlehem Christmas Eve Tour From Jerusalem
Come celebrate Christmas in the place it all began! Join us for an unforgettable Christmas in Bethlehem, see the city, visit the Church of Nativity, dine in a local restaurant and join pilgrims from around the world in celebration. Christmas in Bethlehem is a unique experience, unlike any other.
We start our journey in Jerusalem, setting out to beat the crowds. We’ll stop off at the Shepherds’ Field on the way, where the shepherds are said to have seen the Star of Nativity shine over Bethlehem. A short drive takes us into Bethlehem itself, and we will stop at the Manger Square in the center of town, where we will go to visit the most prominent holy sites in Bethlehem – the Church of Nativity and the Milk Grotto. The Church of Nativity is a huge complex divided between the different Christian sects, and we will see the chapels of the Roman Catholics, the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Apostolics. In the grotto under the church, an altar marks the spot where Jesus was born.
Then we’ll visit Manger Square and watch the celebrations of scouts and the Patriarch. In this square is where Midnight Mass will be broadcast later that night, and the atmosphere will already be building.
After visiting the churches and Manger Square, we’ll sit for lunch in a local restaurant in Beit Sahour near the Shepherds Fields where we can relax, dine, and see the beautiful scenery. Then it’s a short drive back, arriving early in the afternoon.
Midnight Mass Tour
For those also wanting to visit Bethlehem for the Midnight Mass later that evening, we will be providing transport which is available to book here.
- Visit the Shepherds' Field & The Milk Grotto
- See the Church of the Nativity
- Be in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve
- Lunch in a local restaurant
- Departs from Jerusalem
07:00 – Depart from Jerusalem – Abraham Hostel Jerusalem
07:15 – Pickup from Carta Parking Lot near Jaffa Gate
08:15 – Shepherds Field
09:30 – Church of the Nativity
11:00 – Manger Square and Star Street
11:45 – Join the Local celebration
14:00 – Lunch in Beit Sahour (included) near the Shepherds’ field.
16:00 – Arrive back in Jerusalem
Good to Know
- Things to bring: Passport, Camera
- Not available for Israeli passport holders
- Transportation to and from Jerusalem
- Guided tour of Bethlehem
- Extra drinks