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Israel boasts a perfect mix of cultural and natural attractions, making it the perfect destination for travelers of various interests. Though January is part of the off-season in Israel, there is much to do and incredible diversity to enjoy. From the historical and cultural sites such as the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to the ancient city of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, a trip to Israel in January has everything you ask for.

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Israel Weather in January

Dead Sea seashore with palm trees and mountains on background at dawn.
Escape the chilly winter weather and soak up the mild temperature of the Dead Sea region in Israel during January.

The weather in Israel in January can vary depending on where you plan to visit. The average temperature can range from 9°C to 16°C. The northern part of the country can experience snowfall and colder temperatures. As the northern frontier freezes over with temperatures as low as 7°C and snowfall, port cities come to the rescue with their somewhat warmer aura and outdoor hype. The temperatures are milder in Eilat, the Dead Sea, and the port cities like Galilee. Expect heavy rains in Tel Aviv. Nazareth is covered in snow around this time and offers everything a snow enthusiast could want.

For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Israel.

Weather in Israel in January - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)181718
Avg Nightly (°C)988
Avg Daily (°F)656365
Avg Nightly (°F)494747
Avg Rainfall (mm)80110110

Why Visit Israel in January

A DJ playing some songs during music festival in Israel in January.
Join the party and groove to the beat at the January Music Festival in Israel.
People skiing in Mount Hermon in January.
Pack your skis and hit the slopes, while enjoying the beauty of Israel's highest mountain.

If you are planning a trip to Israel in January, besides preparing for the varied weather conditions, also prepare to get spoiled with a wealth of activities and sights. Here are a few reasons why you should visit Israel in January:

  • Snowy adventure: The wintry paradise into which Israel is cocooned is admirable. While Israel in January has all the looks to entice visitors, there is more to the list. Hiking in Gambela National Park and skiing on Mount Hermon are the two most popular winter activities.
  • Festivals: The music festivals must be at the top of the list of reasons to visit Israel in January. The festival, which begins on January 22nd, is packed with DJs, exciting competitions, dance classes, and a whole lot of fun.
  • Fewer crowds: As, winter in Israel is off-season, so popular sights are less crowded. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing trip, this is the time to visit.
  • Affordable rates: The winter off-season means you can find cheaper rates for flights, hotels, attractions, and rentals in Israel. If you are traveling on a tight budget, take advantage of these low rates. Check out our best deal for a trip to Israel.

Where to Go and What to Do

The panoramic view of Jerusalem
Journey back in time as you explore the ancient city of Jerusalem and discover the rich history that lies within its walls.

There are many options if you are looking for things to do in Israel in January. Escape the colder temperatures and explore hidden gems like Negev and Eilat. There are many attractions in southern Israel, like the spectacular natural beauty of Timna Park. Consider diving into the vast Red Sea to spot beautiful marine creatures.

Grab your dancing shoes and prepare to dance to the beats of high-energy music in Tel Aviv. Explore the historical city of Jerusalem when there are fewer tourists around. If you enjoy nature, you can go bird-watching at Hula Valley, which is home to pelicans, cranes, and storks. Galilee is also a great place for bird-watching. During the winter months, you could spot thousands of migratory birds.

For some outdoor fun, head over to Mount Hermon for skiing. The majestic mountain vistas are beautiful and worth exploring. Explore the archeological artifacts and art at the Israel Museum or head to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The Church of the Nativity, Jerusalem’s underground cities, Masada, and the Old City provide valuable insights into Israel’s past.

For some beach time, travel to Eilat and swim along with friendly dolphins. You could also head to the Dead Sea, which is warm during the January winters.

What to Bring

A tourist woman at the market shopping in Israel.
Pack plenty of layers as weather can vary between locations.

When planning a winter trip, knowing what to wear in Israel in January is essential. The weather can vary between locations, so it is best to pack plenty of layers. Pack breathable t-shirts and pants and warm socks. Cities like Tel Aviv can be rainy, so pack a waterproof jacket and a warm jacket in case of snowfall. Other than clothing, bring a first aid kit, sunscreen, essential medications, adaptors and chargers, and toiletries.

Israel in January can be cold and rainy, but it still has a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities for winter. From skiing at Mount Hermon to bird watching at Galilee and the world-class museums in Tel Aviv, you will have plenty of options to choose from during your trip.

If you have managed to snag a trip to Israel in January, you have certainly made the right decision. Browse through our packaged tours to Israel in January, or contact one of our travel experts to get a customized trip to Israel.

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Published by Astha Joshi, updated on May 9, 2023

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