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Top 10 Things To Do in Armenia During Winter

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Planning a trip to Armenia this winter? With so much to do and to see in Armenia during the winter months, it’s a great time to visit. The winter season exposes different aspects about Armenia that you can never experience in the summer. To make your winter holidays in Armenia unforgettable, we selected our top ten essential experiences for you.

​1. Skiing

​The lovers of active winter holidays will be pleasantly surprised with how much Armenia has to offer in the realm of winter sports. The affordable prices, high quality ski trails and the welcoming environment of the winter resorts makes for unforgettable experiences and memories. The ski resorts of Tsakhkadzor, Sevan and Jermuk offer both challenges for top skiers and suitable slopes for beginners. All resorts have instructors who speak several languages including English and Russian.

​2. Charming Christmas Market

With the opening of the first Christmas market in 2012, Yerevan has completely immersed itself in the festive spirit. The scent of cloves, wine and pastries fill the air on Northern Avenue each year from December to January. Consisting of numerous wooden huts, the market offers all kinds of things, starting with food and ending with handmade Christmas gifts. The visitors can grab crepes or sausages and wash it down with authentic Armenian wine while taking a walk down the festive street and being enchanted by the Christmas spirit. Who said present buying must consist of battling your way through department store crowds and endless bargains? Why not combine Christmas shopping with some cheer and fun?

​3. Healing waters of Jermuk

The healing mineral waters, hot springs and high quality hotels make Jermuk an essential place to visit during winter. Since ancient times, the waters of Jermuk have been used to treat a number of diseases. While Jermuk is a popular resort throughout all seasons, visiting in winter makes for a completely different experience. What better time to take care of your health while enjoying the breathtaking nature and taking hot baths in the natural streaming waters?

4. Yerevan decorations

Yerevan enters a different dimension during winter. Taking a walk throughout the city during the winter season feels magical and completely out of this world. The numerous installed Christmas trees, sculptures and lights transform the city into a magical winter paradise. The main Christmas tree is located in the heart of the city in the Republic Square, and each year a ceremony of lighting all decorations in the city takes place there. Each part of the city has its own unique set of decorations and its personal Christmas tree. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and take a walk in the crisp air throughout the centre of the city or just sit down in one of the cafes and enjoy the view while having a nice meal.

5. Shopping and Sales

All throughout the Christmas season and January is the best time to shop in Armenia. Winter in Armenia is all about sales and discounts. The stores are filled with all kinds of different products and the prices are lower than ever. Starting with winter clothing all the way to furniture, the winter season offers the best possible deals. There’s no particular set guideline of the sales, as each store operates its sales on its own time frame, yet most of the sales occur post Christmas season. 

​6. Try the Cuisine

​With New Year's celebration right around the corner, Armenian cuisine takes on completely different colors and flavors. The holiday season fills the tables with great winter comfort food, which is all about providing warmth and coziness. Be it the pastries filled with honey and nuts or the dolma (meat and rice wrapped in cabbage leaves), there’s something about the Armenian cuisine that makes it ideal for the cold months of winter. Most of the dishes are better consumed when still hot, which makes it perfect for warming up during the cool seasons of the year. The great thing about the winter is that as the Great Lent takes place during this time, a big selection of vegan options are offered all throughout cafes and restaurants. Whether you’re a meat lover, vegetarian, vegan or simply looking to experience new flavors, the winter season is perfect for you.

​7. Visit the Winter Park

​Get ready to experience your childhood dream of visiting the North Pole and meeting Santa along with his elves as you walk into the Winter Park. The park is located in the Kanaker-Zeytun region of Yerevan and is one of the greatest entertainment centers to visit during winter. The visitors have a chance to visit Mr. Clause as well as Mrs. Clause, meet elves and reindeers or simply enjoy the beautiful installations and sculptures scattered throughout the park. The park contains cafes, an open air ice rink and slides for the entertainment of adults and children alike.  It’s a place out of a fairytale filled with magic and Christmas cheer.

​8. Participate in the Santa-Marathon

Put on your Santa costume and get ready to race your way through Yerevan in the yearly charitable New Year run organized by the Yerevan Half Marathon. Even if participating in the run is just a little too extreme for you, the sight of hundreds of people running in Santa costumes is a must see. All the participants are provided hot beverages such as tea and coffee. Everything is accompanied by music and festive ceremonies. What can be better than having some fun and all for a good cause?

9. Pomegranate Blessing Ceremony

On the New Year’s night, Armenian Churches hold a beautiful pomegranate blessing ceremony and it’s something worth witnessing in person. The pomegranate represents unity and diversity as it encompasses many different pomegranate grains under the same peel. As the pomegranate contains 365 seeds, it’s a very symbolic ceremony to hold on New Years as a blessing for the whole upcoming year. At the end of the blessing ceremony each family receives their own blessed pomegranate and has the opportunity to take it home with them.

​10. Ice-Skating

Whether you’re a pro or you’re stepping on the ice for the first time, ice-skating is one of the best experiences you can take away from this cold season. All throughout Armenia, many cities are making space for temporary outdoor ice rinks for the winter season. The outdoor ice rinks offer an opportunity to sightsee and simultaneously have fun skating. All the ice rinks are child-friendly and offer instructors equipped to help kids as well as adults. Whether you wish to skate under the snow in open-air rinks or you prefer the warmth of the closed ones, Armenia has it all.

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