Jordan Weather in December: A Quick Guide

As the final month of the year unfolds, the enchanting landscapes of Jordan are draped in the captivating embrace of December, offering travelers an opportunity to explore its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural beauty amidst the crisp and refreshing winter air. Jordan weather in December provides a refreshing contrast to the heat of the summer months, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of this ancient land at a comfortable pace.

From the awe-inspiring rose-hued city of Petra and the otherworldly allure of Wadi Rum to the rejuvenating waters of the Dead Sea and the festive spirit of Amman, Jordan in December presents a magical tapestry of experiences that will captivate your senses and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Embrace the charm of the season and embark on a journey through this remarkable destination, where the warmth of Jordanian hospitality and the allure of its timeless history await those who seek adventure amidst the crisp December air.

Average Temperatures in Jordan in December

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December is part of Jordan’s winter season. And, while December is not the coldest month on the calendar, temperatures have dropped considerably during this month. The average temperatures during December in Jordan range from around 50°F (10°C) to 68°F (20°C) – they rarely drop below 32°F (0°C). As you can see, it’s still comfortable to explore the country as long as you have the right gear! 

Average Weather in Jordan in December

The Jordan weather in December is usually sunny and crisp, while the nights can get cooler, especially in the desert regions like Wadi Rum and Petra.

December is also the beginning of the rainy season, so you can expect a few rainy days in your itinerary – there’s an average of less than 1″ of precipitation throughout the month. Still, December isn’t one of the wettest months, so it’s not like you’ll be walking under an umbrella the whole time… or possibly at all!

Does it Snow in Jordan?

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I know: you never thought that the Middle Eastern hotspot covered in snowflakes during the winter season could be a possibility. 

Well, it turns out that, while Jordan is known for its arid climate, snowfall is not uncommon in some parts of the country during December. The higher elevations, such as the mountains in the north, including Amman may experience snowfall. May I say it just makes Jordan even more beautiful? Snow can also be found in Petra, Wadi Rum, and other desert areas, creating a unique and stunning landscape.

Travel Tips for Jordan in December

It’s happening: you’ve booked your flight tickets and you’ll be visiting Jordan in December. Here are some tips to make the most of your trip:

  • Dress in layers: As the temperatures can vary throughout the day, it’s best to wear layers so you can adjust accordingly. Bring a warm jacket for the cooler evenings and early mornings, and lighter clothing for the warmer afternoons. (Be sure to review my Jordan packing list, too!)
  • Explore the desert: With cooler temperatures, December is an ideal time to explore Jordan’s stunning desert landscapes. From camel rides in Wadi Rum to camping under the stars, the desert offers a unique experience during this time of year.
  • Focus on indoor activities: While Jordan’s most famous attractions are outdoors (Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum), the country has tons of indoor venues you can explore, especially in Amman, like museums or mosques. These are a great option in the event the weather or temperatures aren’t optimal during your visit.

December Events in Jordan

While the cultural agenda may not be as busy as other times of the year, Jordan in December has two great festivities you won’t want to miss.

🎄 Christmas celebrations: Despite being a Muslim country, Jordan does have a Christian population, and Christmas is celebrated in various parts of the country, particularly in cities like Amman and Madaba. You can witness festive decorations, attend Christmas Eve masses, and indulge in traditional Christmas meals.

🎊 New Year’s Eve celebrations: New Year’s Eve is a lively time in Jordan, with parties and celebrations taking place in major cities like Amman and Aqaba. Some hotels and restaurants also offer special New Year’s Eve dinners and events.

Have any questions about Jordan weather in December or visiting during this month? Let me know in the comments below!

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I fell in love with Jordan after my first visit in 2016; now I love returning to explore more – and writing guides to help you do the same.

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