The Christmas markets in Tbilisi have a distinctly European feel – which is excellent news for fans wanting to try something a bit different from the obvious choices. Best of all, they last until mid-January, giving visitors plenty of time to indulge.
There are multiple pop-up markets to try around the city, but the most popular are at Orbeliani Square and Republic Square. With handcrafted souvenirs, street performances, and street food on offer, it’s easy to see why this is so popular.
Lighting up the darkest months of the year is something Tbilisi takes pride in, and the city is adorned with beautiful Christmas light displays throughout December and January. Each year is an opportunity to outdo the last with mesmerizing illuminations. Displays differ in each neighborhood with Rustaveli Avenue and Orbeliani Square featuring the most extravagant. You can spot starry nights, snowfall decorations, and Christmas characters hanging depending on where you look. The 2019/20 theme of Rustaveli Avenue was outer space, and the area was transformed; showcasing our galaxy and solar system (including planets, the sun, and meteor showers).