Hundreds of people packed Bethlehem’s main square on Saturday for the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The event took place in Manger Square, just in front of the Church of the Nativity – built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born.
Crowds cheered as the giant tree was illuminated.
Christians make up a small minority of Palestinians and Bethlehem is one of the only cities in the West Bank and Gaza where Christmas is really felt.
Revelers and worshippers alike will pack the same square for Christmas Eve festivities later this month.