For the seventeenth year in a row, the city of Haifa in northern Israel is hosting the Holiday of Holidays Festival. Holiday of Holidays celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights- and Eid al-Adha - Festival of Sacrifice - testimony to the unique tolerance that is a hallmark of the mixed city of Haifa. Jews, Christians and Muslims share the joy of the holidays through the numerous activities organized every weekend in the month of December. If you are in Israel for Christmas, come celebrate the shared spirit of good cheer and goodwill in Haifa at the Holiday of Holidays festival.
Notable events during this year's festival include an open-air exhibition on neighborhoods, photography exhibit, Christmas-tree lined boulevard with festive lights and decorations, Christian liturgical music concerts, antiques fair, international writers convention, activities and exhibitions for children, open-air events and free entrance to the museums in Haifa.
The focal point of the Holiday of Holidays Festival is the art trail, an open-air exhibition entitled Neighbors, with a unique display that features a dialogue between the artwork of Jewish and Arab artists through the tales of daily life in the neighborhood. The trail goes through the alleyways, gardens and courtyards of Wadi Nisnas, featuring sculptures paintings and installations by past and present Jewish and Arab artists, as well as international installation artwork.
And if you enjoy liturgical music, Haifa's churches host numerous concerts by Israeli and international performers during the festival.
So Merry Christmas, Hanukkah Sameach and Eid Adha Mubarak, this year and every year.
Haifa: Bahai Shrine, the German Colony and the port