The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Round off your experience of Israel’s most popular sites with an immersive sound and light experience.
Here’s our roundup of the top five shows you shouldn’t miss!
Using innovative trompe l’oeil technology, the walls of the Tower of David become the become the backdrop for a breathtaking, 45-minute multi-sensory experience. Sit back and enjoy as the ancient stones reveal the story of Jerusalem.
To get the most from the Tower of David, purchase a combined ticket for the museum and Night Spectacular. This will allow you to explore by day and by night.
Remember, even if you are visiting in summer, bring an extra warm layer. Jerusalem nights are spectacular, but can get chilly! Call:+972-2-6265333/ Direct line Israel *2884
Suspend your disbelief for an hour or so and watch the story of the return of Nehemia to rebuild ancient Jerusalem unfold on the walls of the Old City and on the ancient ruins of Area G in the City of David.
The show runs three times a night from Sunday through Thursday with one performance in English. The others take place in Hebrew with simultaneous translations in English, French and Spanish via headphones.
Due to the many steps and uneven flooring at the City of David, the show is not wheelchair accessible. Direct line Israel *6033
Relive the last days of the siege at Masada with a sound and light show presented against the backdrop of the western side of the site.
The show takes place on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 21:00 from March to October. It is performed in Hebrew, with headsets available to rent for translation into English, French, Spanish, German and Russian.
If you are driving, make sure you check your directions before you go. The show is only accessible from the town of Arad, with no access from the Dead Sea. Call: +972 8 995 9333/ in Israel: 08 995 9333
With soaring daytime temperatures making a trip to Bet She’an an endurance test for much of the year, the nighttime light show is a great option for those who want to visit one of Israel’s most important sights, without the heat of the burning sun.
Take in the 3D-audiovisional presentation as you wander through the colonnaded Roman streets and finish your visit with a performance in the ancient theater. Tours take place every half an hour following darkness on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The streets are ancient, and they can also be a little uneven, so make sure you wear good shoes. Call: +972 4 648 1122 / in Israel: 04 648 1122 or direct line *3639
The annual Jerusalem Light Festival, usually held in July, is one of the capital’s biggest draws.
Thousands of people throng the Old City to walk along illuminated paths, to interact with art instillations and just enjoy the glow of the Old City after dark. Each year, the festival gets bigger and bigger.
Best of all, it’s free!
To get the most out of the festival and to avoid the worst of the crowds, arrive before dark and head deep into the Old City to keep ahead of the thronging masses.
More information about the Jerusalem Light Festival: http://www.lightinjerusalem.org.il
Words: Danielle Max