The balmy beaches of Tel Aviv-Yafo may not be a winter wonderland, but that didn’t stop four talented volleyball players from getting into Santa Claus suits for a holiday-themed game on Gordon Beach.

The city is always a hub of outdoor activity and that has only been strengthened during the Covid-19 outbreak. With indoor entertainment shut down, people are spending more time staying fit on the 13 beaches, the long promenade, the parks and boulevards.

Reaching for the volleyball on Gordon Beach. Photo by YoSee Gamzoo Letova/Tel Aviv Global & Tourism

“The past year has emphasized the importance of enjoying the outdoors,” said Sharon Landes-Fischer, acting CEO of Tel Aviv Global & Tourism.

These Santas in Tel Aviv play in sand instead of snow. Photo by YoSee Gamzoo Letova/Tel Aviv Global & Tourism

“With 320 days of sun every year, the warm climate of Tel Aviv-Yafo lends itself perfectly to open air entertainment – even at Christmas time. Tel Aviv-Yafo wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we can’t wait to be reunited in 2021.”

Beach volleyball in Tel Aviv is a year-round sport. Photo by YoSee Gamzoo Letova/Tel Aviv Global & Tourism