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When to Come to Jerusalem

When to visit Jerusalem depends on what you’re looking for, but May and October are considered two of the most popular choices for their moderate weather and fewer people at popular tourist attractions.

The high season often coincides with Jewish, Christian or Muslim religious holidays and though Jerusalem is an unforgettable place to experience during one of these holidays, you may prefer to visit when there are fewer crowds and cheaper prices. Religious dates change every year so it’s important to check on them before booking your trip.

Most businesses close early every Friday before Shabbat and on the eve of all Jewish holidays, and are closed for the duration of the holiday. There is a distinctive festive atmosphere on the streets before and during each of the Jewish holidays. The Christian and Arab holidays can also be felt and experienced in various parts of Jerusalem, especially the Old City.

For more information, check out our holidays and festivals page as well as weather.