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Hundreds Of Thousands Of Christians Expected In Israel During Holiday Season

An estimated 165,000 Christians are preparing to visit Israel during the 2019 Christmas holiday season, according to Israel’s Tourism Ministry. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin will host the annual pre-Christmas reception for Israeli Christians and church leaders, which will also be attended by ambassadors, leaders of Christian organizations in Israel and other dignitaries. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Tourism Ministry will provide free shuttle service between Jerusalem and Bethlehem for Christian pilgrims. Also scheduled is a parade through the main street of Nazareth to the city’s Basilica of the Annunciation on 24 Dec. 2019 to be followed by a fireworks display. The Tourism Ministry reported that 55% of all tourists who visited Israel in 2019 were Christian. The most popular sites they visited were the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa and the Mount of Olives, all in Jerusalem. (Algemeiner)