17 wonderful things to do in Yerevan in winter (2024)

It may be your final destination or your jumping-off point to explore the rest of Armenia, but whatever the purpose of your visit, there are some really great things to do in Yerevan in winter!

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Yerevan is a melting pot of history, amazing food, and the warm spirit of its people.

I’ve used my travels to put together this list of the best places to visit in Yerevan in winter, so you can plan the perfect trip! 

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Weather in Yerevan in winter

Winters in Yerevan can be quite cold with temperatures dropping below 0°C (32°F). Snowfall is common in November-February so make sure you pack accordingly.

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Things to do in Yerevan in winter

1. Republic Square

Don’t miss a visit to Republic Square when you’re in Yerevan this winter!

Built between 1926 and 1952, this iconic square is the city’s beating heart. During the winter months, it transforms into a winter wonderland complete with festive lights and decorations.

The square is often where the big Christmas tree is placed and where New Year celebrations, concerts, and other seasonal events are held.

Things to do in Yerevan

2. Go Ice skating

Hit the ice at one of Yerevan’s three skating rinks! Winter Park’s rink is a family favorite, always buzzing with visitors. After you’ve had your skating fun, warm up with hot coffee or tea at the nearby cafe.

Or glide across Swan Lake, transformed into a picturesque rink in winter. Located in the heart of the city near Liberty Square, it’s the perfect spot for couples and friends to skate under Yerevan’s twinkling lights.

For the serious skaters among you, check out the Ice Arena named after Irina Rodnina. It even houses a sports school dedicated to the Figure Skating World Champion.

3. Yerevan Cascade complex

No matter when you visit Yerevan, make sure to experience the Yerevan Cascade Complex.

Built in the 1970s, you’ll find it’s more than just a staircase; it’s also home to some intriguing Brutalist art – some of my favorite!

When it’s lit up in winter, you’ll get great views and a unique cultural experience.

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4. Visit the Christmas market on North Avenue

Don’t miss the Christmas market on North Avenue this winter.

You’ll find an array of festive stalls selling everything from handmade crafts to holiday treats.

It’s the perfect spot to soak up some holiday cheer and maybe even find a unique gift or two. Make sure to add it to your Yerevan winter itinerary!

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5. Warm up with delicious Armenian food

I LOVE Armenian food, it’s so yum! And even better yet, it’s the perfect comfort food, which is just what you need when it’s cold outside.

Dig into a hot bowl of khash, savor some grilled khorovats, and finish off with a sweet piece of gata. Trust me, you won’t want to miss these flavors!


6. Have a spa day in Jermuk

Jermuk is known for its thermal mineral springs and health spas. So you should consider a rejuvenating getaway during winter.

Here, you can unwind in luxurious spa hotels with a range of therapeutic treatments.

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7. The Blue mosque

Yerevan’s Blue Mosque is always a beautiful sight.

Built in the 18th century, it’s one of the city’s oldest buildings and the only active mosque in town.

Whether you’re there for the architecture or for some quiet reflection, it’s a peaceful stop you won’t want to skip.


8. Mother Armenia Statue

It might be cold and snowy but don’t overlook a visit to the Mother Armenia statue.

Standing tall since 1967, this monument offers not only historical significance but also panoramic views of Yerevan.

9. Visit the Winter Park

Get in the winter spirit at Yerevan’s Winter Park! This magical spot has it all—from interactive shows to ice sculptures.

The park is similar to Lapland, and you can even meet Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, and of course Santa’s reindeer, led by Rudolph.

10. Vernissage

Vernissage is a market for unique finds and local crafts.

Open on weekends, this bustling outdoor market is your go-to for everything from handmade jewelry to vintage treasures.


11. Join the Yerevan New Year Run

Looking for a unique and festive way to celebrate the New Year?

Why not dress up as Santa and join the annual New Year’s fun run, organized by the Arm Marathon Foundation, Yerevan City Administration, and TriClub multisport club?

Not only is it fun, but the event also supports charity projects and encourages healthy living in Armenia. All participants receive Santa costumes for the run.

Even if running’s not your thing, witnessing hundreds of Santas sprinting by is a sight you won’t want to miss!

12. GUM Market

If you’re looking for local flavors and fresh produce, make sure the GUM Market is on your itinerary.

From exotic spices to dried fruits and traditional Armenian cheeses, you’ll find it all here.


13. The National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet

If you like opera or just pretty architecture, the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet is a must-visit.

Opened in 1933, this Yerevan landmark hosts world-class performances ranging from classical ballets to operas.


14. Genocide memorial complex

For a deeper understanding of Armenia’s history, I highly recommend a visit to the Genocide Memorial Complex.

Located on Tsitsernakaberd Hill and opened in 1967, the complex honors the victims of the Armenian Genocide that happened from 1915 to 1923.

It includes a museum, an eternal flame, and several poignant monuments. It’s a somber experience, but it’ll give you important context you shouldn’t skip.


15. Soviet architecture

One of the best things to do in Yerevan is to look for Soviet architecture.

Built mostly during the 20th century, these buildings give you a real feel for a specific time in Armenia’s past.

From the grand scale of Republic Square to the unique designs of government buildings, they make walking around the city like stepping back in time.


16. Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral

While you’re in Yerevan, make sure to stop by Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral. It’s one of the top things to do in Yerevan!

Built in 2001 to celebrate Armenia’s 1700 years of Christianity, it’s one of the largest cathedrals in the Caucasus region.

The architecture is stunning, and the atmosphere inside is really peaceful.

Yerevan in winter

17. Visit Khor Virap

If you can make a short trip out of Yerevan, don’t miss Khor Virap.

This ancient monastery is not only a significant religious site but also offers some of the best views of Mount Ararat.

Built in the 17th century on the site of a 4th-century chapel, it holds a special place in Armenian history and spirituality.

Khor Virap monastery

Best hotels in Yerevan

Looking for the best places to stay in Yerevan? These are my top picks.

Luxury: Paris Hotel Yerevan (⭐ 9.1) – The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful in making sure your stay is nothing short of amazing. The hotel has stylish rooms and a high-quality restaurant so that you can truly enjoy your stay. 

Midrange: L’image Art Hotel (⭐ 8.9) – Located close to many major attractions in the city, this hotel is an ideal spot to both explore Yerevan and relax afterwards in their uniquely designed rooms. 

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