From Sky & Telescope: "Friday, January 3 After sunset, look far to the lower right of the waxing crescent Moon for Venus, dropping lower every day. How many more days can you keep Venus in view? It will reach inferior conjunction, 5° north of the Sun, on January 11th."
AND a wonderful new image of Jupiter:
"Jupiter on December 26th, imaged in extraordinary detail by Christopher Go in the Philippines.
The Great Red Spot (GRS) is unusually strong orange this season. Note the massive turbulence in the South Equatorial Belt to the spot's following (celestial east) side. Barely following the spot, a tiny new bright-white outbreak has begun. The System II longitude on the central meridian here is 226°; the Red Spot had recently crossed the meridian."