Hamshushalayim Winter Festival 2016

Hamshushalayim Winter Festival 2016, December 2016

Every weekend in December is a celebration throughout Jerusalem. People come together, from artists to tour operators, to offer visitors to the city a rich cultural experience. Enjoy the special concerts, plays, dance performances and exhibitions.  Map.

Hamshushalayim, is Jerusalem’s annual winter festival. It takes place over four consecutive weekends (Thursday to Saturday) and it is sure to keep you warm this winter.



As cute as the name is to Hebrew speakers, it is quite peculiar to English speakers. Hamshushalayim (חמשושלים), in Israel’s acronym-loving style, is actually an acronym of an acronym. Hamshush is short for Hamishi, Shishi, Shabbat, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Israel’s weekend. Shalayim is the end of the Hebrew name for Jerusalem, Yerushalayim. Hamshush-shalayim. Simple.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Repeats every week)

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