Wine and dine at the stunning Efendi Hotel, Akko
Just an hour away by train from Tel Aviv, a night of quality wine and wonderful food in this special spot sounds like some way to see out 2017. Tickets are 300 shekels a person (around US$85).
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New Year’s Eve, or ‘Silvester’ as it’s called by locals, is not a national holiday in Israel. Indeed, the Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShana)takes precedence and is celebrated in September or October (it varies each year). Nevertheless, in recent years the tradition of celebrating New Year’s Eve has made its way into mainstream Israeli society, and ‘Silvester parties’ can be found in bars and clubs throughout the country.
A New Year’s Eve street party is scheduled to take place on Rothschild Boulevard, one of the main streets in Tel Aviv lined with bars, restaurants, and clubs. Details will be announced soon, so head over to the event’s Facebook page for further information.
Israel’s leading tribute band, A Magical Mystery Tour, is performing ‘Beatlemania’ at Elma Hotel in Zihron Ya’akov, northern Israel, featuring all The Beatles’ greatest songs. Elma is offering a special New Year’s Eve package that includes one night’s accommodation on the evening of December 31, a festive dinner for two at Elma’s resident chef’s restaurant Oratorio, and two tickets to the show. For those willing to splash the cash (packages start at 1,890 shekels, around US$535), this would be some way to spend Silvester.