The Jerusalem Municipality will continue its annual tradition of distributing complimentary Christmas trees to the capital’s Christian residents in celebration of the holiday. On Dec. 20, 150 trees will be distributed at the Jaffa Gate Plaza between 9 a.m.-12 p.m., upon presentation of a valid ID card.
“The Christmas tree distribution is part of the city’s comprehensive Christmas preparations, which include hanging festive lighting and flags in areas of the city where the holiday is celebrated,” the municipality said in a Tuesday statement. “These neighborhoods include the Old City’s Christian Quarter, Beit Hanina, and main thoroughfares for pilgrims, such as the Mar-Elias Road.”
The Municipality added that it has invested in increased cleaning efforts around the city in all Church areas. Additionally, the Municipal Licensing Department is working closely with the Christian residents of the Old City to accelerate approvals, and provide assistance for holiday fairs and celebrations in the Christian Quarter.