Christmas in Tunisia

Tunisia officially the Republic of Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa. It is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east.

The Capital and largest city of this country is Tunis.

Christmas in Tunisia

Christmas Celebrations in Tunisia :

Tunisia, well known for its warm climate and beautiful beaches, is also an ideal location to spend the winter holidays. If you happen to find yourself in the country as Christmas approaches, rest assured that there are many ways to celebrate a-la-Tunisienne. Despite having an overwhelmingly Muslim population, Christmas still comes alive in Tunisia. Shop-owners around the country advertise Christmas specials and decorate their shops with trees, mistletoe garlands, and artificial snow.

Christmas in Tunisia

The true feel of the season is a bit of snow on red-tiled rooftops, a fireplace, and a cup of hot cocoa to hold as it snows – head to Ain Drahem. The city is one of the coldest in the country, and is reminiscent of an old village in Scandinavian Europe. Many expatriates and tourists visit the city for Christmas. There are many hotels in the region that offer competitive rates. A few tree farms and local lots in the suburbs of Tunis can be found that sell real fresh cut Christmas trees. Other tree farms exist around the country that also sell Christmas trees. Nearly all churches in Tunisia will be offering services on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. However, the St. Paul Cathedral in downtown Tunis is one of the more popular places to spend Christmas Eve.

Standing tall on Habib Bourguiba Avenue and in between Rue d’Alger and Rue de Rome, the cathedral offers a festive Christmas Eve atmosphere, enlivened by the “Chorale Notre Dame d’Afrique” (Our Lady of Africa choral group). Christians and Muslims alike attend the event. Following the eve’s mass, the celebration is moved to the cathedral’s crypt, where chocolates and other candies await all attendees.

Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!