Christmas Eve is celebrated the entire day and specially the evening before Christmas Day, the festival commemorates the birth of Jesus.
Highlights of the Christian Event
13:30 Manger Square, "Solemn Entry of His Beatitude" into the Church of the Nativity and Church of Saint Catherine followed by Pontifical Vespers.
16:00: Christmas Parade. Christian leaders and Youth youth movements will walk through the streets and end at the plaza in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth.
16:00 Daily Procession to the Nativity Grotto, at Church of Saint Catherine, Bethlehem.
21:00 The Church opens (Tickets required), at Church of Saint Catherine, Bethlehem.
23:15 Solemn “Office of Readings," Church of Saint Catherine, Bethlehem.
00:00 Christmas Mass at the Basilica of Annunciation, Nazareth.
00:00 Midnight Mass Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.
Holy Land Sites to Consider Visiting
Church of the Nativity, also Basilica of the Nativity is a basilica located in Bethlehem. The grotto it contains holds a prominent Christian significance as the birthplace of Jesus (Matthew 2:1-5).
Church of Saint Catherine The Church of Saint Catherine in Bethlehem is a Catholic Church right next door to the Church of the Nativity.
Manger's Square, the city square in the center of Bethlehem in Palestine. It takes its name from the manger where Jesus is said to have been born.
Church of Annunciation in Nazareth is the church and site that celebrates the news from Gabriel that Mary would give birth to Jesus (Luke 1).
Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matthew 27, Matthew 33:57, Matthew 28:10) in the Old City, Jerusalem where you'll find the last Station 14 of the cross, and where pilgrims celebrate and mark the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus.