Winter in Israel tends to be temperate and comfortable, with the rainy season starting in the middle of October and lasting until March. While most of the winter in Israel is mild, the weather in Jerusalem can be much cooler. In fact, in the winter Jerusalem even gets a day or two of snow! On rainy days in Jerusalem, the Old City can become very slippery and outdoor markets like Machane Yehuda are only partially covered. It is important to dress properly for the winter in Jerusalem with many layers, a warm coat and good walking shoes that can get wet. For those who are looking to stay warm and dry here are a few places to visit and things to do on a rainy day in Jerusalem.
Museums on a rainy day in Jerusalem
In Jerusalem, there are a plethora of museums ranging from history to science and art, and each offers a unique experience. From the Israel Museum to Bloomfield Science Museum, museums in Jerusalem are expertly designed and offer immersive experiences. Visitors looking to escape poorer weather can enjoy the many Museums that Jerusalem has to offer. The Biblical Museum of Natural History is particularly fun for families.
heat things up with hot chocolate, Sachlav or soup
When the weather outside is cold and rainy there is no better way to warm up than with a cozy, hot drink. Jerusalem has some of the best hot chocolate, as well as a special winter drink that is thick and creamy known as sachlav. A visit to HaMarakia in Jerusalem is a great place to get a hearty and warming bowl of soup that is kosher and also has plenty of vegan/vegetarian options. There is no better way to stay warm and dry on a rainy day in Jerusalem than with a hot drink or bowl of soup which is not hard to find throughout the city.
The Time Elevator (Voyage Terminal)
A unique experience that is fun for the whole family is the Time Elevator, which takes visitors on a journey through history in an interactive way. The entire experience is presented digitally by Chaim Topol (from “Fiddler on the Roof” fame) who travels from the City of David until the six-day war in 1967. The elevator is a fun attraction that brings history to life in a new and exciting way of finding the hidden gems of Jerusalem in a motion-based viewing experience. For those who want to explore Jerusalem without getting wet, a visit to the Time Elevator will not disappoint.
leave Jerusalem and head for the Dead Sea
While it may be raining in Jerusalem, it is possible that other parts of the country are sunny and dry. A visit to the Dead Sea is healing, relaxing and tends to be much warmer. A great way to escape the rain in Jerusalem is to explore other parts of the country. Check out our Dead Sea tours departing daily from Jerusalem.
Catch a film
Another great way to stay dry and avoid the downpour on a rainy day in Jerusalem is to enjoy a film. There are many movie theatres in Jerusalem playing both English and Hebrew movies and the Jerusalem Cinematheque is known for its extensive collection of international films. During the month of December, the Jewish International Film Festival takes place in Jerusalem, and once the festival is over the selection of films will continue to showcase both local and international films. One of the best ways to get out of the rain in Jerusalem is to enjoy a good film indoors.
While Jerusalem is a historical city with endless sightseeing when the rain starts to pour it can be difficult to visit some of the attractions. Taking a bowling break is a great way to stay dry and have fun indoors on a rainy day in Jerusalem. At the Lev Talpiot Mall in Jerusalem, visitors can find excellent bowling lanes, and for those who do not want to partake in bowling, exploring the shops and stores at the indoor mall is also a great way to get out of the rain.
Relax in an indoor Spa
After exploring and sightseeing, relaxing and unwinding in a spa is a great way to refresh sore and tired muscles. Visiting a spa can also be helpful in reducing jet lag, by relaxing and allowing time to acclimatize after long flights. There are many spas in Jerusalem offering first-class facilities, amenities, and treatments. The David Citadel Spa is a popular choice offering unique treatments such as almond body wraps, facials, and massages. The Akasha Spa found in the Mamilla Hotel is a holistic spa that offers extensive treatments, a juice bar, and authentic hammam treatments. For those looking to forget a rainy day in Jerusalem, a spa day will not disappoint.
Explore Machane Yehuda market
Although the market is outdoor, there are many parts that are covered. Experiencing Machane Yehuda in the rain is uniquely different but still enjoyable. Staying cozy under the covered areas, enjoying the delicious baked good, sampling halva, and other sweets and enjoying a hot cup of coffee all while people watching and taking in the busy hustle and bustle of the market that does not stop, is all something special to enjoy in Jerusalem on a rainy day. Just remember to bring rain boots or shoes that can get wet!
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast
When the rain is pouring down outside, it can be a perfect time to experience an authentic Israeli breakfast. When there is no rush, a long leisure breakfast is one of the best ways to enjoy all the flavors and ingredients. Finding the best breakfast in Jerusalem is easy with many options to choose from. Hot coffee or even a mimosa is a great way to warm up and enjoy a delicious Israeli breakfast in Jerusalem.