Israel’s mild winters makes it a great place to escape to when you’ve had enough of the snowy weather. With temperatures frequently hovering between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit throughout most of the country, it’s an ideal vacation destination. While visiting, you’ll want to take advantage of these great wintertime activities.

 

Merry Christmakkuh

Israel is one of the best places on earth to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. Walk through the old city of Jerusalem admiring the twinkling lights, eating sufganiyot, and enjoying hot chocolate in one of the restaurants in Mamilla mall. Then, head north to Haifa for Holiday of Holidays Christmas party, see the largest Chirstmas Tree in Nazareth, and take in the atmosphere of Chirstmas Eve in Bethlehem.

 

Relax in Eilat

Pleasant temperatures and light crowds make Eilat a great vacation destination in the winter time. While the weather doesn’t always allow for laying out on the beach all day, you can spend your days on jeep safaris, visiting the underwater observatory, or taking a trek into the Red Canyon.  At night, dine at great restaurants, sing karaoke, or skate around Eilat’s Ice Mall.

 

Treat Yourself

If you’re looking for a few days of being pampered, head north to the Carmel Forest Spa, and take advantage of the facility’s restaurants, activities and spa treatments. With over 70 available treatments, you’ll find the perfect massage, wrap or beauty treatment. Rated a 5+ Star facility, the rooms, restaurants and bars will make this a vacation destination you return to every winter.

 

Snow Days

While Israel isn’t known for its snow, most winters you can have a snowball fight atop Mt. Hermon. Located in Northeast Israel, Mt. Hermon has snow activities for people of all ages. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, the Alpine coaster track down the mountain is a favorite. Snow tubing, and plastic sleds are also available, and while you’re there, take advantage of the various buffets in the area.

 

Bird Brains

The Hula valley is host to migrating birds throughout the winter. The big wird watching event is the arrival of the 30,000 Common Cranes who arrive in December and stay through much of the winter. The fish ponds in the area are a fertile feeding ground for long legged buzzards, great spotted eagles, and quails throughout the winter.

 

There is plenty to do this winter in Israel. To take advantage of everything there is to see and do, don’t forget to rent a car and start driving around.

 

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