Things to do in Israel in December 2015.

December 1, 2015 in Vacations by cipcipTrip

While the days may draw shorter, there is still a great selection of things to do in Israel in December. With cultural events continuing throughout the month, and festivities for Jews for Hanukkah, and Christians for Christmas, as well as New Years Eve in Israel which is becoming bigger every year, December 2015 in Israel offers a great selection of events and festivals for all tastes, ranging from major cultural festivals to folk music festivals, and comedy tours, to concerts.

December 2015 Events in Israel

Sufganiyot, a traditional food for Hanukkah which will be seen across Israel during December, by Avital Pinnick on Flickr

Sufganiyot, a traditional food for Hanukkah which will be seen across Israel during December, by Avital Pinnick on Flickr

Throughout December – Holiday of Holidays. This event in Haifa offers festivities to celebrate the major festivals of its Jewish, Christian, and Muslim residents, in Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan. Almost every day of the month, and especially at weekends, there are concerts, exhibitions, tours, shows, and conferences.

Throughout December – Hamshushalayim. For the first four weekends in December, the Hamshushalayim event series in Jerusalem returns to the city, offering the public an amazing array of events at cultural institutions in the city with museums and tourist sites opening free of charge to the public and tens of free or very affordable music performances, street theater, musical. exciting night tours, and concerts across Jerusalem.

December 2-4 – Jerusalem Jazz Festival. The festival will feature original productions, first-time performers, new compositions and classic songs.

December 2-5 – Tel Aviv Blues Festival. With over 40 events, local acts and big-name blues artists take the stage for this popular festival.

December 3-12 –  Taste of Galilee Food FestivalTaking place during Hanukkah, the Taste of Galilee Food Festival features the foods and flavors of this beautiful region. Focused around the Sea of Galilee and neighboring Jordan Valley, special menus, tours, classes, and many more events make this a tasty proposition.

December 4-5 – Jacob’s Ladder Festival. Held in Nof Ginosar on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in the north of Israel, this festival  is a unique musical and social event for lovers of all aspects of folk music from Bluegrass to World music, Irish jigs to Country Rock, and Blues to Renaissance.

December 6-14 –  Hanukkah in Israel takes place for eight nights. The foods and symbols of Hanukkah will be visible across the country, and whilst not a national holiday in which businesses shut down, it is a time of festivity. Why not have an amazing Hanukkah experience with a tour.

December 7-12 – Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival. For one week every December, the Jerusalem Cinematheque hosts the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival showcasing the best of Jewish cinema from around the world.

December 16 & 22 – Enrique Iglesias in Tel Aviv. The famous Latin singer returns to Israel for two concerts in Israel.

December 19-20 – The Blues Brothers in Haifa and Tel Aviv. The musical is coming to Israel for the first time and incorporates all of the best music from the movie, The Blues Brothers.

December 19-20 – Jerry Seinfeld in Tel Aviv. The American comedian will be giving three performances over two days.

December 22-24 – Emma Shapplin in Haifa and Tel Aviv. The singer, who is known for her unique style of classical, pop and trance music, is giving three concerts in Israel.

December 25 – Christmas in the Holy Land. Christmas in the Holy Land is a magical experience for any Christian. (2015 events will be updated as they become available)

December 31 – New Years Eve in Israel, also known as Sylvester, is becoming increasingly popular every year, with parties taking place across the country, especially in Tel Aviv. (2015-2016 events will be updated as they become available)