Christian pilgrims gather in Bethlehem

  • 24 December 2013
Palestinian Christian scouts perform at Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity

Christian pilgrims from around the world are gathering in Bethlehem for celebrations leading up to midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity.

Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

Thousands are expected to take part in the celebrations at Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity.