Jerusalem Festival of Light, 2012, Starts Next Week
Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 30, 2012
The Jerusalem Festival of Light starts next week and runs from June 6 to 14, so mark it on your calendar. The official site provides the maps, routes, and details of performances. This will be the first year that I won’t be around to see it because we’re going on a family vacation.
Last year I wrote a posting with tips and advice. If the festival is organized like it has been in the past, you may find the tips about parking and getting around useful. Almost everything is free, except for the live performance by Pyromania (well worth the expense, in my opinion). It tends to get very crowded, so I recommend that you go early, just as it’s starting to get dark (around 8) and begin with the most crowded route (usually the one through the Jewish Quarter) first. If you try to get through the Jewish Quarter around 10, you’ll be spending a lot of time stuck in crowds.
If you want to see everything you will probably need three evenings. Someone moving very fast could see almost everything in two evenings but I don’t think it’s possible in to do everything in one evening. If you want to see the Pyromania show as well, it’s a good idea to allow two visits because by the time the performance ends there isn’t a lot of time.
Photos from previous festivals
Festival of Light, 2009 (first year)
Flickr photos, 2009