Israel’s Christian population, which numbers close to 160,000, is an integral part of Israeli society. Israeli Christians are members of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), serve in the Israeli Defense Forces, and boast the highest education success rates in the country.

Like all minority and religious groups in Israel, Christians have full and equal rights under Israeli law and openly and proudly exercise their faith. Israeli cities with the largest Christian communities include Nazareth, Haifa, Jerusalem, Shfar’am, and Tel Aviv-Jaffa. These cities host a range of unique and festive events throughout the Christmas season. 

Israel kicked off the Christmas season at Mary’s Well, one of Christianity’s holiest sites in Nazareth, Israel. 15,000 people gathered to see the biggest Christmas tree in the Middle East light up – 30 meters tall and 8 meters wide!