Winter in Tel Aviv: What to Do, What to Wear and Other Tips
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Tel Aviv is a superb choice for a long vacation or city get-away all year-round. With four distinct seasons, Tel Aviv does experience a winter period in December, January, and February. Although mostly mild, a chill can be felt by nightfall during the colder months of the season.
*Average winter temperatures in Tel Aviv
Does it rain in Tel Aviv? You can expect rain in Tel Aviv, especially during the winter months when typical rainfall reaches a peak of 15 days in January. If you’re visiting Tel Aviv during the wet season, it’s best to pack clothing that can be layered, alongside your winter essentials of: waterproofs, sweaters, a hat and scarf, closed in shoes and an umbrella.
*Average winter rainfall days in Tel Aviv
What to do during winter in Tel Aviv It’s not all doom and gloom though as sunny spells are known to occur throughout the winter season. More importantly, a young vibrant city such as Tel Aviv has far more to offer than its beaches and alfresco dining, with just as much fun to be had indoors. For starters, the city has numerous shopping options for fashionistas, including indoor shopping malls such as Dizengoff Center and the new luxurious Fashion Mall Tel Aviv, where you can easily spend an entire day browsing the clothing rails of international brands.
When hunger strikes, book a table at one of hundreds of restaurants, or head to Sarona’s lively food market to sample all types of cuisine from across the globe. If you need a moment of relaxation, book a day at the spa where you can experience a range of indulgent treatments. The Carlton Tel Aviv, the Hilton Tel Aviv and the Norman Tel Aviv have state-of-the-art spas where you can enjoy some much-deserved pampering.
Family activities in Tel Aviv The city also has attractions for the family which are especially ideal during winter. Children can experience fascinating discoveries at the Eretz Israel Museum’s planetarium, where multimedia presentations explore complexities of the universe and galaxies through engaging shows. Local cinemas are also dotted across Tel Aviv screening the latest Hollywood blockbusters, as well as independent films at Cinematheque, a much-adored cultural landmark in central Tel Aviv.
You can also spend a few hours at an Escape Room, the latest trend in the nonstop city where visitors are on a quest to solve a set of challenges and riddles to escape a themed room within an allotted time. Once your appetite is worked up, grab a well-earned dessert at Max Brenner, a popular cafe among locals and tourists offering a tempting menu of tasty chocolate concoctions. Or head to one of the city’s many ice cream spots to devour a few scoops of delicious rainy-day ice cream in all imaginable flavors!
Winter festivals in Tel Aviv Many recurring festivals and events take place during winter in Tel Aviv, including the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Winter Fashion Market and the World Food Market Winter Feast.