Winter in Montenegro officially starts on the day of the winter solstice, so January is its first full month. The weather is harsh in the mountains, around 0°C (32°F) in the daytime and –10°C (14°F) at night. It snows often, the snow cover can reach 240 millimeters (9.4 inches), which ensures excellent skiing.
The warmest coastal cities are Herceg Novi, Ulcinj and Budva, about 12-14°C (54-57°F) during the day, 0-2°C (32-34°F) at night. The daylight hours are increasing, but the amount of sunshine remains at the December level, about 100-110 hours per month, it rains a lot.
Of course, rainy weather can overshadow the impression of Montenegrin beautiful scenery. It is better to hide inside, do some shopping or relax in a spa complex.
The ski resorts enjoy the high season. And many other outdoor activities — winter fishing, white water rafting, snowmobiling — awaiting for you.
Festive mood reigns in Montenegro in January; Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7th, and Srpska Nova Godina, Serbian New Year, on January 13th — according to the old calendar. Christmas markets offers handicrafts, souvenirs, traditional food and mulled wine. Parties, concerts, fireworks are in bloom. There are skating rinks in Podgorica, Bar and Tivat.
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The cheerful festival Tivat Zimska Bajka, Tivat’s Winter Fairytale lolls on Pine promenade until January 3rd.
In Žabljak, Kolašin, Berane, Rožaje, Vučje, Cetinje people are enjoying Vrela Zima u Brdima, Hot Winter in the Mountains. The whole month is filled with shows, concerts, sport competitions and family activities, both indoors and outdoors.
The car races Montenegro Winter Cup is a big event. This rally has a long history and always attracts many fans of extreme sports. This year, it starts in Žabljak (January 18th and 19th), and continues to Mojkovac, Lovćen and Herceg Novi in February.