Jerusalem Light Festival in Old City

The tenth annual Jerusalem Light Festival is taking place this week at night in the Old City.

The streets are closed from 8- 11:00 pm, to accommodate the tens of thousands of visitors.

Light installation outside wall of Old City for Jerusalem Light Festival

Colorful international light installations are once again a popular attraction.

Old City Wall with English saying from Jerusalem Light Festival

Near Jaffa Gate sayings about light are projected on the wall.

Jerusalem Light Festival Arabic saying

The sayings are repeated in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

Jerusalem Light Festival costume

People in costumes entertain the crowd.

Person in costume for Jerusalem Light Festival

Not just light on walls, but on wings as well.

Jerusalem Light Festival in Old City

As one walks around the Old City, the projections appear.

Jerusalem Light Festival in Old City man taking a photo

Thousands of photographers try to take a photo from an interesting angle in the dark.

Light Festival in Cardo Old City Jerusalem Israel

Crowds pass the colorful spider web of lights over the ancient Cardo.

Statutes of light for Jerusalem Light Festival

Three men took time out for a rest under the light sculptures named Ghostly Guests.

Jerusalem Light Festival lit dome with room to dance and music Jerusalem Old City

However, nearby people were dancing the night away under this dome.

Old City Walls with TS Eliot saying for Jerusalem Light Festival

Light. Light.

Light Restive in Old City Jerusalem Israel

Lights from Jerusalem, Israel.

The light and music video projections were highlights this year.

The light and music projection outside of Jaffa Gate required a video.

The light show inside Jaffa Gate was shorter, but the colors against the old stones always impressive.

Jerusalem Light Festival Hurva Synagogue top

One of the most popular light installations was on the Hurva Synagogue.

“Rainbow” was posted on the Shabbat Shalom post,

If you missed it, please click  HERE 

Another week with so much happening on the Jerusalem streets.



9 thoughts on “Jerusalem Light Festival in Old City

  • July 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I hope to find someone to go with. It’s not as much fun alone.

    • July 1, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      I usually do go alone to photograph at my pace and interests, but this time ran into friends at end which was really nice.

  • July 4, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Always glad to see your photos of the light show.
    Went last night and it was so crowded the police closed many of the routes.
    Just got to see the wall lit up as you videoed and on the way out a costumed person as a bird.
    We ended up on the rooftop of Mamilla hotel for drinks and a much better view of the light show with no crowds.

    • July 4, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      I heard Mamilla was crowded too, from those who were turned away from Old City. Who would think too popular would be problem?

  • July 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    I do wish people used editors … as lovely as the lights look, there’s a typo in the Leonard Cohen quote.

    • July 4, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Phew, thought it was my editing error. My favorite was the recent Science and Technology mega event with typo “Internation” instead of International.

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