Bethlehem- the Mayor of Bethlehem Atty. Anton Salman declared that Bethlehem is safe and secure confirming that the doors of the Town are open for everybody all year round especially on Christmas Season. The Mayor has urged everyone to visit the Holy Town, to experience the warm welcome of its people and to participate in the various events and activities that the town is holding on this glorious occasion.
It is worth mentioning that the number of pilgrims and tourists who visited Bethlehem during the first eleven months of the year 2018 has reached 1,086,174 visitors.
Within the program of the Christmas festivities this year, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held at the Manger Square on the 1st of December followed by the Christmas Market on 2nd of December and the Santa Village which continued throughout a week from 10th-16th December and was met with great success.
At present, Bethlehem Municipality is proceeding with its preparations to receive His Beatitude the Apostolic Administrator on Monday 24th of December according to the observed Protocol when the Christmas Midnight Mass will take place at St. Catherine Church.
The Mayor has expressed his wishes that the star that lit up the skies of Bethlehem 2000 years ago and led the Magi here; will lead the peace-loving people of the world again to Bethlehem, carrying with them the long-awaited tidings of freedom, peace and salvation to our Palestinian people.