The Best Places to Spend Christmas in the Middle East

Christmas in Bethlehem | © Ben & Gab / Flickr
Christmas in Bethlehem | © Ben & Gab / Flickr
Photo of Jessica Harn
20 November 2017

Christians and non-Christians alike have celebrated Christmas in the Middle East for at least 2,000 years now. From magnificent churches to lively Christmas decorations, the Middle East strives to remind the rest of the world that this is, indeed, the birthplace of Jesus himself and that the region will continue to celebrate this holiday both religiously and secularly in the future to come. Here are the best places to spend a merry Christmas in the Middle East.

Cairo, Egypt

Although the Coptic Christians of Egypt celebrate Christmas in early January, there will still be holiday festivities throughout December. Most Muslims and non-Christians in Cairo are open and enthusiastic about Christmas as well, which showcases the beauty of when different religions can come together to celebrate one of the most beautiful holidays of the year.

Cairo, Egypt

Alexandria, Egypt

Another city in Egypt that is home to a large Christian community, Alexandria is especially known for its Greek Orthodox residents who have celebrated Christmas for hundreds of years in this city. Home to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa, this church, with its white-washed exterior and dazzling Greek Orthodox imagery on the inside, will amaze anyone who wants a more traditional Christmas service.

Alexandria, Egypt

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