Christmas in Haifa – The Holiday of all Holidays
Every year, at the beginning of December, Haifa is decorated in honor of “the Holiday of all Holidays” and there is much joy in the air. The main street of the German Colony is filled with Menorah decorations, Christmas trees and crescents, signifying the December holidays of the three big religions – Hanukkah, Christmas and Eid al-Adha; the streets of Wadi Nisnas are bustling with stalls packed with colorful decorations, Santa Claus figures and traditional holiday sweets, dripping of honey and fragrant rosewater.
Join us for a magical tour through Wadi Nisnas and the German Colony, where you will discover the unique stories, customs and tastes of Christmas and the festival that is “the Holiday of all Holidays”. We’ll stroll through alleys and decorated Wadi streets, hear about Jesus’ birth, his importance to the Christian world and the traditions and customs of this special night. We will tell the story of Santa Claus, his origin and how he is associated with the holiday, what the Christmas tree symbolizes and what different countries include in their holiday feast, as we taste authentic food from the local and exquisite cuisine.
We’ll continue to the spectacular light show at the heart of the German Colony, signifying Haifa’s character as a multi-cultural city, for all religions. We will talk about the unique tradition of “the Holiday of all Holidays” and admire the beauty of the three large symbols standing side by side – the Christmas tree, the Menorah shaped like the dove of peace, and the light fixtures decorated with crescents – with the Bahian Gardens towering above them, and the Golden Temple overlooking the main street from the top of the mountain.
Photography: Tzvika Roger (top collage), Lihi Ron