The nearest planet to the Sun is never very far out of our star's glow and so is often missed by observers. It begins the year as an evening object, setting soon after the Sun, and already difficult to see in the twilight. It passes between Earth and the Sun, reaching inferior conjunction on January 7, then enters the predawn sky, becoming visible at mid-month and reaching greatest western elongation on January 29, then retreating back into the Sun's glow by mid-February. It returns to the evening sky at the end of March.
The Moon can be seen near Mercury on the mornings of January 19 and 20 (easier on the 19th). They're close together again but very difficult to see in the Sun's glow on the morning of February 18. Their close encounter on March 21 is not visible in the Sun's glow.