Best time to visit Jerusalem

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Best time of year to visit Jerusalem

April to May and September to November are deemed to be the best time to visit Jerusalem. Spring and autumn are mild, less crowded and pamper visitors with lower prices outside religious holidays like Passover, Easter, and Lailat al-Miraj. If you can don’t mind the heat, visit Jerusalem for summer events such as Light Festival and Mekudeshet. Keep in mind the unruly crowds and skyrocketing room rates between June and September. Time from December to March is known for its fickleness: one day is sunny, and the next one—gloomy and chilly. So if you want to hike the Jerusalem Trail in winter, pack a raincoat.

6 THINGS TO DO IN JERUSALEM (DECEMBER 03 - DECEMBER 12)

Tower of David Night Shows

Tower of David Night Shows

all year round • event

Watch unique laser shows dedicated to Jerusalem, King David, and world culture

Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO)

Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO)

November–March (all year round) • nature

A unique park and research station right in the heart of Jerusalem

Rappelling (Snappling)

Rappelling (Snappling)

all year round • activity

A unique way to see the Old City is by rappelling off the side of the Tayelet or Gei Ben Hinnom

Midnight Biking

Midnight Biking

all year round • activity

Discover Jerusalem without the traffic and crowds of tourists

Bridge of Strings (Jerusalem Chords Bridge)

Bridge of Strings (Jerusalem Chords Bridge)

year round | May 14 • activity

The bridge resembling a tent in the desert or King David's harp is a work of art and one of the tallest structures in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Trail

Jerusalem Trail

October–April • activity

Take a spectacular circuit hike around all the greatest places of the Israeli capital

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Yom HaShoah Siren

Yom HaShoah Siren

May 02, 2019 • event

Empathize with the locals over the darkest pages in the world's history

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

October 08–09, 2019 • event

Streets and roads are empty—the whole country is celebrating Yom Kippur, the holiday of atonement and forgiveness

Jerusalem Light Festival

Jerusalem Light Festival

June 27–July 05, 2018 • event

With thrilling light installations, sound effects, and the overall majesty of the old city, Jerusalem Light Festival will be a high point of your visit

Purim Street Party

Purim Street Party

March 20–21, 2019 • event

Have fun all the night long celebrating country's most popular holiday

Jerusalem Friday Street Parties

Jerusalem Friday Street Parties

July–August • event

Get the feel of celebration and watch the whole city dancing at one of summer Friday parties

Levivot or Latkes

Levivot or Latkes

December 02–10, 2018 • food

Probably the tastiest potato dish you have ever tried, only in Israel, only for Hannukah

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

March 20, 2016 • event

One of the most significant events in Christianity opens the Holy Week with a palm walk

Sufganiyot

Sufganiyot

December 02–10, 2018 • food

Traditional Jewish doughnuts are the sweetest reason to visit Israel for Hannukah

Hanukkah

Hanukkah

December 02–10, 2018 • event

Visit the country for one of the most well-known Jewish holidays, the Feast of Lights. Take part in the local celebrations and try traditional dishes

Almond Blossom

Almond Blossom

January–February • nature

Tender pinkish flowers cover the almond trees all over Israel during early spring

Mekudeshet

Mekudeshet

August 08–28, 2018 • event

The Old City is filled with tunes from all over the world

Jerusalem Beer Fest

Jerusalem Beer Fest

August 29–30, 2018 • event

One of the largest and noisiest summer events in Jerusalem

Blooming of Cyclamens

Blooming of Cyclamens

December–February • nature

Take a look at Israel's valleys covered with a magnificent carpet of cyclamens in winter

Lekach

Lekach

September 29–October 01, 2019 • food

Israeli sweetest cake that will bring you joyfulness and prosperity for the following year

Jerusalem Day

Jerusalem Day

June 05 • activity

Take part in celebration of the Jerusalem Day hand in hand with the locals