- For a truly magical experience, spend Christmas in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia
- Stroll through the festively decorated streets and square
- Venture out of the city, and visit Georgia's famous wine district
Offering a truly magical experience, spend Christmas in Georgia's capital city, Tbilisi. A city that celebrates in style over the festive period, with streets adorned with fairy lights and a wide range of festive events on offer.
Tbilisi's history is wonderfully diverse and its mix of cultures means that you can now choose between a mosque, a synagogue, Armenian or Georgian churches and a new Roman Catholic church. Its National Museum boasts an extraordinary collection of pre-Christian gold and silver, as well as collections of archaeology, history and ethnography.
Do they celebrate Christmas in Tbilisi?
Yes, they do, however, Georgia marks Christmas according to the Julian Calendar so Christmas Day is celebrated on 7 January, not in December. On this date, one of the main events is the Alilo procession. This is a Georgian tradition, which was revived in recent years and takes place on Christmas Day (January 7th). Tbilisi residents dress up and, with carts pulled by donkeys, gather near the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Rose Revolution Square. They walk along Rustaveli Avenue and on towards the Holy Trinity Church for the Christmas service, collecting donations of food, which are later given to charity.
What is the weather like in Georgia in December?
Be prepared for a city covered in snow as well as long dark nights. Temperatures will range from -2 to -20 degrees, so it is important to wear layers to keep warm.
Don’t let this put you off. With enchanting frozen views of the cities many canals and rivers and snow-covered palaces, it is such a beautiful time to travel to Tbilisi.
What is there to do in Tbilisi over Christmas?
Christmas falls in January in Georgia, December 25th is a normal working day so museums and palaces will be operating as normal.
Time can be spent exploring the city’s historic landmarks, beautiful streets and modern buildings during the Christmas time. Take a walk on the wonderfully lit Rustaveli Avenue.
What is the accommodation like in Georgia?
Georgia hotels range from cosy boutique options to modern design accommodation and to the more unique.
The base for our Christmas in Tbilisi group tour will be the hotel Citadel Narikala, a charming boutique hotel which is centrally located.
What is the food like in Georgia?
Georgian food is considered an expression of the culture. Warm, gooey comfort food like khachapuri (cheese-stuffed bread) finds balance with matsoni (sour yoghurt). Herbs like tarragon, flat parsley, dill and coriander combine with walnuts and garlic for rich fillings and sauces.
What clothing should I wear?
Plenty of layers are important including a hat, scarf, gloves, thick socks and waterproof winter boots, as well as a warm winter coat. It is also important to bear in mind that, while it's cold on the street, indoors it's normally well above "room temperature". As part of the tour, we will be spending time indoors at museums so it is best to wear things that can be easily taken off and put back on again.
Is this group tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a tour lecturer.
We have a no mandatory single supplement policy on most of our group tours, meaning that we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply. However, we are currently offering 2 free single supplement places on a first come, first served basis.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.