Are you planning to visit Armenia in winter? You have made the right choice. Our country is a wonderland in all four seasons, but it is gorgeous in winter.
By visiting Armenia in winter, you will be amazed by how much our country has to offer for winter sports lovers. We should note that the average winter temperature varies season from the season, but it is not so cold here.
The coldest winter in Armenia was in 2016. In that year, the temperature in the Shirak, Kotayk, Gegharkunik, Aragatsotn and Vayots Dzor provinces reached up to -30C. In recent years, the winters are relatively mild, and it hardly ever snows here in the winter. Below are the best places to visit in Armenia during winter. Let's get acquainted with them so that you can start planning your next adventure here.
Winter in Armenia: Tsaghkadzor
In winter, all our eyes are on Tsaghkadzor as it is the major spa town and health resort in Armenia. The city is located in Kotayk province. This place is always high crowded in winter, so if you want to stay there, you should book your favorite hotel in advance. The affordable prices, high-quality ski trails, and pleasant atmosphere will make your vacation unforgettable.
It should be noted that the ski resorts offer guides and instructors who speak several languages, including Russian and English. By the way, there is also a ropeway. You can sit down and enjoy the magical view of the landscape covered in snow.
Some of the most popular hotels and spa resorts are Tsaghkadzor Marriott Hotel, Kecharis Hotel & Resort, Tsaghkadzor General Sport Complex Hotel, Elegant Hotel & Resort, Multi Rest House, and Ararat Resort. As you can see, there is a massive collection for you. The choice is yours!
Winter in Armenia: Yerevan Christmas Market
The first Christmas market in Yerevan was opened in 2012. Since then, each year from December to January, Northern Avenue becomes a favorite spot for both locals and guests. Here you can feel the festive mood and buy souvenirs, snacks, arts, crafts, candies, handmade gifts, or whatever you want for Christmas.
Yerevan Christmas Market continues to grow every year, and it starts attracting more and more people. In 2018, there were 40 chalets in the territory of the market, which were decorated with different things for sale. If you want to do some fun Christmas shopping, this place is an excellent option for you. Don't miss it!
Winter in Armenia: Swan Lake skating rink
If you don't know what to do or where to go in Armenia in winter, we are going to present to you one of the most popular winter leisure locations in our capital city - The Swan Lake. It is an artificial mini-lake in the city center, near the Yerevan Opera House. During winter, the lake transforms into a skating rink. It was first opened 14 years ago.
Since then, the ice rink is open every day from 11 am to 10 pm, from late December to March 1. The prices are quite affordable. If you bring your skates, the fee will be just 500 AMD.
But if you need to rent them, then you have to pay 1000 AMD. Don't worry, if you are an amateur skater, as their experienced trainers will help novices on the rink and will offer some basic training.
When the weather is very cold, people use warm gear in order not to freeze.
Winter in Armenia: Lake Sevan
Of course, Lake Sevan is more prevalent in summer, but it is quite impressive in winter too. Often, when the temperature is too cold, the entire lake freezes and is covered with a thick layer of ice. You can even walk on the ice-covered lake, but be cautious. The scenery is breathtaking, and you can capture the beauty of it by taking amazing photos.
If you are hungry after a long journey and look forward to eating some traditional Armenian food with a fantastic view by the lake, you can go to the Collette Restaurant (called "Semoyi mot"). By the way, their offered fish is incredible. You should definitely try it. Come and enjoy our "blue-eyed beauty."
Winter in Armenia: Winter Park
Have you ever dreamed of meeting Santa Claus? We have excellent news for you. Yerevan winter park will give you this opportunity. It is a small Lapland in Armenia which was opened several years ago.
Here you can visit Santa's house, eat some tasty cookies made by Mrs. Clause, get acquainted with elves. You can even take a photo with Santa Claus. If you are fond of skating, you can go to their skating area, which is 1800 square meters. Don't worry if you are not a master. Experienced trainers will help and guide you.
This place is a real fairy tale if you visit with children. Here kids can participate in various games, contests and enjoy fantastic shows. The festive mood of the Winter park will make your day unforgettable. The park is located on Azatutyan Avenue, just 4.5 km from the city center.
As you can see, winter is a great time to visit Armenia. Fun time, unforgettable memories, and great adventures are waiting for you.