10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Georgia In Winter

Even if you have visited Georgia during Spring or Summer, you must experience Georgia in winter. The entire town of Tbilisi looks straight out of an Enid Blyton novel and its the perfect place to learn various winter sports, celebrate Christmas TWICE and indulge in the their wonderful culture and traditions.

Also Read: The Perfect 10-Day Itinerary of Georgia For First Time Visitors

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT GEORGIA IN WINTER

1. TO ENJOY THE TRADITIONAL GEORGIAN SULPHUR BATHS

When better to enjoy a warm sulphur bath than in the dead of winter when the outside temperature is less than 10 degree celsius.

This traditional Georgian bath will make you feel warm and toasty and is extremely good for your skin and also treats diseased like Eczema, Arthritis, joint pains, digestion and dry scalp to name a few.

These baths have been famous since the silk route days when traders used to take a detour to Georgia to enjoy these baths.

The sulphur baths are located in the Abanotubani area and a bath can cost anything between $10- $30, depending on whether you prefer a public room or private.

Locals recommend Bath House No.5 and Gulo’s bath

Abanotubani-The sulphur bath district of Georgia
Abanotubani- The sulphur bath district in Tbilisi

2. LEARN TO SKI IN GUDAURI

Skiing here is considered most affordable as compared to Europe, hence its popularity. Winter in Georgia starts roughly around November and lasts till the month of March. Snow fall in the mountains vary year to year and it is best to check the webcams on the Gudauri website for live updates. The slopes of Bukuriani & Mestia also attract seasoned skiers. 

In Gudauri Georgia
A winter evening in Gudauri

3. STAY AT THE MAGICAL ROOMS HOTEL KAZBEGI

Winter is the best season to stay at the grand Rooms Hotel with majestic views of Mt. Kazegi and the snow blanketed Stepantsminda Village. The perfect place to unwind after a day of skiing or snow boarding.

The dreamy Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

4. TASTE KHARCHO- A BOWL OF HAPPINESS

Featured among the best soups from around the world, this soup is only made in Georgia during winters. With chunky pieces of lamb mixed with rice, this soup is best enjoyed when temperatures plummet and howling winds rattle the windows. The secret ingredient that makes this soup exotic is cherry plum puree.

Georgian winter soup
Spruce Eats tells you how to make this delicious Georgian Winter soup at home

5. TANDEM PARAGLIDING ALONG SNOW PEAKED SLOPES

Get a birds eye view of Georgian winters at Gudauri by paragliding over the snow blanketed slopes. There are many paragliding operators in the area and SkyAtlantida is recommended by many travelers.

Tandem Paragliding In Georgia
Tandem Paragliding In Gudauri

6. ENJOY DOUBLE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

While the world celebrates Christmas on December 25th, Georgia celebrates on January 7th as they still use the old Julius calendar for festivals. As more and more tourists visit Georgia during winter, they now celebrate Christmas in December as well as in January.

Tbilisi in December
Entire Tbilisi decked up for the holiday season

7. TO MEET CHICHILAKI, GEORGIA’S NEW YEAR TREE

While everyone gets a classic Christmas tree, most Georgians put up a traditional New Year tree called Chichilaki. Traditional New Year trees are made from shaved walnut or hazelnut tree branches and then decorated with chocolates and fruit. These trees look cute and fluffy, and people believe they bring happiness and peace.

CHICHILAKI- Traditional Georgian christmas tree
The traditional Christmas/New Year’s Tree of Georgia

8. ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE REPUBLIC SQUARE

Open from December 25th until January 14th, Georgia’s Christmas market is an amazing place to pick up souvenirs, enjoy mulled wine, Georgian delicacies, musical performances, puppet show and loads more.

Alilo, A traditional Christmas march in Georgia
Alilo, A traditional Christmas march

On Christmas morning (January 7), thousands of people participate in the traditional Christmas march called Alilo, where different churches walk through the streets of Tbilisi, collecting food and sweets, which are later distributed to the people in need and to orphanages.

9. ENJOY THE “WELCOME TO GEORGIA” MUSICAL

The Welcome To Georgia musical which is in English weaves a tale about Georgia and its people through song, dance, and dialogue. Learn about Georgia’s age-old culture, history, traditions, national costumes, cuisine and more here.

10. ENJOY A MAGICAL RIDE ON A KUKUSHKA

“Kukushka” is a railway train that goes through snow laden forests from Borjomi to Bakuriani, another famous ski area in Georgia.

Train ride in Georgia
A magical train ride from Borjomi to Bakuriani
The traditional train of Georgia

BONUS TIP! VISIT A FAIRY TALE CASTLE MONASTERY IN GEORGIA

Just an hour away from Tbilisi, Martkopi Monastery is a must visit for Fairytale enthusiasts. Located on the beautiful forest covered slope of Mount Lalno, this monastery has a very interesting history too.

Martkopi Monastery in Georgia
Martkopi Monastery

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