Christmas House
Christmas House
4.5
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Christmas House is owned and operated by the Giacaman family ( Issa Giacaman), a Christian family living in the Holy Land since 1,600 AC. The Christmas House was established in May 2010, carrying a family heritage since 1917, and it operates two souvenir stores and one olive wood factory. If you are in the Holy Land, planning to visit Bethlehem, and wish to visit our Olive Wood Factory and our humble souvenir store, please get in touch with us. We offer FREE pick up and drop off from Bethlehem Main Check Point to the Manager Square. Please note that our Olive Factory is located less than 5 minutes from the church of the Nativity and is very close to the Milk Grotto Church. Get in touch with us, and we are more than happy to help you and guide you to spend a quality and unforgettable time in Bethlehem. Call and ask for Nabil or Jack
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James W
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
I stumbled upon this shop on a recent trip to Israel and loved the quality of the olive wood carvings and the family that runs it. I’d highly recommend this shop for fair prices, quality service and a great selection of olive wood carvings. I hope to see them again soon!
Written November 20, 2022
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Thank you so much for your honest and kind review; we look forward to seeing you again. Merry Christmas
Written November 27, 2022
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Carlosmarbella
Marbella, Spain781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Very friendly staff and very nice work. They sell their own works, handmade and wit natural olive wood. Good prices also
Written November 17, 2018
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Mandy_and_Matt_plus3
Tel Aviv, Israel4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Every time we have visited Bethlehem we have made sure to stop at the Christmas House. We have now purchased 4 different Nativity Sets as they make amazing Christmas gifts. The woodwork is extraordinary and they go above and beyond in customer service. We received a tour of the shop, met some of the workers, and watched a carving demonstration. I appreciate that they are patient when helping us pick out just the right set, and I never felt pressured to buy. There are two shops, one in the Manger Square and one next to the Milk Grotto. If you want great gifts of Olive Wood from the Holy Land, be sure to stop here!
Written December 20, 2017
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Joanna-Saket
London, UK1,414 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
This place sells quality Christmas ornaments that are very distinguished to what you find in your typical Christmas store. The have Jewelry, beautiful rosaries, silver and pottery. Amongst the neighbouring stores head straight to Christmas house and don't forget to bargain!
Written October 16, 2016
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NYC-Superman
New York City, NY4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
I went there with couple of my friends and the service was so amazing. We did visit the olive wood factory at the Milk Grotto Church and Jack was so amazing and later we visited the main shop in the manger square and Nabil was such a character....Highly recommend.
Written August 9, 2016
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dim-sum-mum
Hong Kong, China294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
With a workshop attached, the Christmas House is a delightful and interesting place to stop, chat and shop. We had seven teenagers with us, and we still stayed for over an hour, chatting with Jack the owner, petting the little lovely doggie, and buying handmade gifts at extremely reasonable prices.

Whether you like simple or ornate - the Christmas Store offers it. Their on site carpenters will explain how the design was created and any symbolism that might not be immediately obvious.

Jack and his family really blessed us with their kindness and interest in our lives. Visiting their store was like making new friends. The items we bought will not only always remind us of an incredibly special trip, but the amazing people at Christmas House.
Written January 3, 2019
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lesandchip
Princeton, NJ144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This is the second branch of Christmas House, the main store is located on Manger Square. The olive wood nativity sets are beautifully carved and you can even purchase a set that includes a separation wall. I was looking for silver crosses and Jack was very kind and helpful. This is a great store for souvenirs and gifts, and they will ship worldwide.
Written May 13, 2017
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Lauren O
Connecticut210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
Let's face it, you can get olive wood figures many places in the Holy Land. But the Christmas House has high-quality olive wood figures that your friends and family will love! Purchased a Nativity Set and couldn't be happier.

Here's our story: on Sabbatical I went to Bethlehem in hopes of finding a Nativity Set for my parents. Two Christmases ago my dad accidentally broke a ceramic set that our Great Uncle Paul painted. It was a family heirloom that was actually intended for me one day. To mend the wound, I needed to find something special and discovered a beautiful little shop in Bethlehem near the Church of the Nativity. Hand carved olive wood figures set in a gorgeous olive wood creche. And though it was a little pricey, I got the set I knew was meant for my family and asked Jack, the shopkeeper, to ship it to my parents in America, please. The box arrived from Bethlehem in perfect shape. Through tears and relief my parents told me it has given them peace. Apparently they want to keep it out year round and have already begun to show it proudly to anyone who comes to the house. Sometimes it's the little things that can bring great joy!
Written February 24, 2017
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Leo Roberts
Salford, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Jack Giacaman's family always provide great service, great craftsmanship and excellent choice for souvenirs when I visit Bethlehem. They don't pay commission to coach drivers/tour guides so don't have to artificially inflate their prices. Jack speaks several languages and is always welcoming. I really recommend a visit to the shop.
Written May 19, 2019
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jordansteven605
Florida5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
me and my wife went to this shop with a local guide .the guide was so great and everything was great until we payed .the owner of christmas house upset us because he shouting at his workers infront of us because we asked him if he sand something and his working didnt do it properly .at the end we bought $50 US ,and no discount like other shop .no body should be treated like that .i gave the worker $5 tip because i felt bad.
Written July 4, 2016
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