Despite being a Muslim majority country, Christmas is an actual holiday in Jordan. A little under 10% of the population of the Kindom of Jordan are Christians and they are freely able to celebrate Christian holidays. Muslims in Jordan also get into the celebrating spirit and you will find the festive atmosphere in the country in December. Lots of Amman Christmas markets are hosted in hotels and by churches and you will find vendors and and beautifully decorated trees. The Amman Christmas markets offer seasonal products and gifts, as well as souvenirs for visitors. It is actually quite cold in Jordan in the winter, and the winter coats and scarves and occasional snowfall in higher elevations adds to the festive time in December.
What to Expect: Christmas in Jordan
Christians in Jordan and those who celebrate make the story of Jesus a much larger part of the celebrations than Santa Claus. Whether it is festive nativity scenes or other Christian symbols, the season is much more than a winter holiday. That does not mean that Santa Claus does not make an appearance, as he can be found in Jordan Christmas Markets.
Christian Holy Sites
Christmastime is a great time to visit Jordan and the Christian Holy Sites in the country. Whether it is Bethany Beyond the Jordan where Jesus was baptized or Mount Nebo where Moses was shown the Promised Land, Jordan offer’s important sites to Christian pilgrims and others who wish to see these places for themselves. Umm Qais, Machaerus and Pella are also important sites from Biblical stories. The Madaba church housing the mosaic map is another stop to add for anyone visiting Jordan!
Christmas at Petra
Petra is open on Christmas day, check to see the hours as it is a public holiday in the country. Did you know that there are stories that the three wise men may have actually traveled from Petra to Bethlehem? If you have a tour in Jordan, you will probably hear many more interesting tidbits about history that you would never hear otherwise!
Amman Christmas Markets 2019
Amman Rotana Christmas Market
Wander through a Winter-Wonderland at the Amman Rotana featuring a small village with nicely decorated wooden chalets offering our guests a promenade of ornaments, decorative gifts and handicraft items typical of the season. Enjoy a selection of culinary delicacies and get into the festive spirit with a unique Christmas shopping experience.
December 6th: 5pm – 9pm
December 7th – 12th 11am – 9pm
More information is on their facebook event.
The Boulevard in Abdali has events from Dec 1-31. Check out their facebook page for what is going on each day in December 2019. They are featuring live entertainment, a Christmas market, dazzling decorations and many more things to get into the holiday spirit.
Sunday to Wednesday 5 PM -11 PM
Thursday to Saturday 4 PM -12 AM
Dead Sea Spa Resort Christmas Cave and Market
The Dead Sea Spa Resort has the world’s largest Christmas Cave and a market for visitors. Their hotel is decorated and their ballroom has a large reception evening. While 2019 dates are not posted, keep an eye on their facebook page.
Read how to get from Amman to the Dead Sea.
Children’s Museum Jordan
Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14, 2019 10am-6pm
Bring your children to the Jordan Children’s museum to decorate their giant Christmas Tree, play with snow, enjoy seasonal music performances, make gifts and see Santa! Admission is JD3 per person (the usual price).
More information can be found here.
Christmas Markets in Amman
If you are looking for the most up-to-date information on Christmas markets in Jordan, I stumbled onto this post that has all of the 2019 events in Amman.
If you know of any other great Christmas markets or events happening in Amman or Aqaba, let me know and I will add them to this site!
Winter in Jordan is actually quite cold! Read all about what to expect in my Guide to Winter in Jordan.
If you are planning your time in Amman, check out this Amman Guide.
To escape winter, we have you covered in our Aqaba Guide.
What to wear in Jordan for any season is going to be really helpful for your winter visit!
Read these mistakes to avoid when planning a trip or this mammoth guide to backpacking Jordan.