1. Wide of large Christmas tree next to road, Baha'i temple on hill in background
2. Tilt up from Christmas tree to Menorah candlestick symbol on lamppost
Haifa, Northern Israel - 15 December 2012
3. Performers dancing at festival of Holiday of the Holidays
4. Close-up of woman dressed as an angel
5. Band playing on balcony with people watching below
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Asaf Ron, Executive Director of Beit Hagefen Arab Jewish Centre:
"The idea for the festival came in 1994 when Ramadan, Christmas and Hanukkah, all the religions, three big religions' holidays were together on December. Since then came the idea of why not celebrating together and since then for 19 years we are celebrating it."
7. Ron dancing with performer
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Asaf Ron, Executive Director of Bet Hagefen, Arab Jewish culture centre:
"Celebrating the difference, I think to show people it is possible. We want to prove, all of Israel, because it is not like that in other places in Israel unfortunately, that when you wish it, you can do it. It is all about the minds of people, it's not about facts, it is about what you want it to be."
9. Wide of people gathering at face painting booth
10. Various of woman painting face of young girl
11. Mother with son giving flower to performer Daniel Ben Hayot
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Ben Hayot, performer:
"There is a beautiful mixture of people and there is a beautiful energy and the celebration, and I like to do it, I love to be with the people and to share my energy, and my love and my characters, it is fun."
"It is for me a privilege, to send our profound wishes for a happy Christmas to see the whole world and all nations in peace. In a global society no nation is anymore a majority, all of us are minorities, and we have to know how to live together in peace and respect."
Residents of the northern Israeli city of Haifa this week celebrated the Holiday of the Holidays, an event marking the major festivals of the city's largest religious communities.
The annual festival celebrates Christian Christmas, Muslim Eid Al-Adha and Jewish Hanukkah.
Organisers say the idea behind the event is to promote the religious and cultural diversity of Haifa, one of the country's few mixed Jewish-Arab cities.
While the festival attracted plenty of Muslims residents this year, Eid al-Adha was not actually celebrated because it took place in October.
The holiday is marked according to the Islamic lunar calendar and its date changes every year.
The Holiday of the Holidays takes place throughout December in Haifa's Arab neighbourhood of Wadi Nisnas, with concerts, exhibitions, tours, shows, and conferences.
Performers dressed in colourful garb danced and entertained visitors in the district's narrow streets.
One of the festival's original organisers, Asaf Ron, the executive director of the Beit Hagefen Arab Jewish Centre, said the event was first staged in 1994 when Christmas, Eid Al-Adha and Hanukkah all took place together in December.
It's been celebrated every year since and Ron believes it's a chance to celebrate people's differences and to prove to "all of Israel" that "that when you wish it, you can do it."
While there have been altercations between Haifa's different communities in the past, they generally live in peace together.
Israel's Arab minority makes up about one-fifth of Israel's population and occupies an uneasy place.
They are citizens of a Jewish state who identify with their Palestinian brethren in the West Bank and Gaza.
Arabs in Israel are generally poorer, less educated and complain of discrimination.
The annual festival attracts some 200-thousand people from across Israel and even from abroad.
Even Israeli President Shimon Peres dropped by on Thursday to greet revellers and wish them happy holidays.
He was treated to a rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" by a group of children, and made a speech calling for all the nations of the world to live together in "peace and respect."