Celebrating Christmas in Jolfa, Isfahan

Christmas in Isfahan's Armenian Districts

Christmas in Jolfa, Isfahan, is a remarkable celebration, reflecting the vibrant cultural diversity of Iran. Jolfa, primarily inhabited by Armenians, stands as a testament to the peaceful coexistence of different religions in Isfahan.

Historical Context of Jolfa

During Shah Abbas Safavi‘s reign, Armenians from the border city of Jolfa were relocated to Isfahan for safety amidst wars between Iran and the Ottoman Empire.

Celebrating Christmas In Jolfa Isfahan

This led to the establishment of New Jolfa in Isfahan, now a bustling, historical district located between Hakim Nezami street and Nazar crossroad.

Armenian Christmas Celebrations in Iran

Christmas, a globally celebrated festival in Christianity, holds a special place in the hearts of Iranian Armenians.

While many Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th, Armenian traditions observe Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas Day on January 7th. With about 100,000 Armenians in Iran, and 10,000 in Isfahan’s Jolfa, the district transforms into a festive hub during this period.

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Vank Cathedral: A Symbol of Armenian Heritage

Vank Cathedral, one of Iran’s oldest and most beautiful churches, is a focal point of Jolfa. It’s not only a historical monument but also a major tourist attraction in Isfahan.

Christmas In Isfahans Armenian Districts
Christmas in Isfahan’s Armenian Districts

The Festive Atmosphere in Jolfa

During Christmas, Jolfa’s streets and homes are beautifully decorated with Christmas trees and lights, creating a joyous atmosphere. The community participates in special church services, music, and the ringing of church bells, adding to the festive spirit.

Shops in the area also join in, displaying Christmas-themed window displays and selling unique gifts.

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Christmas Foods and Delights

Armenians in Jolfa prepare special dishes for Christmas, including Sabzi Polo (herbed rice) with fish and various types of Kuku (Persian-style frittata), especially Kuku Sabzi. Home-made sweets and beverages are also shared generously among the community, symbolizing hospitality and joy.

Celebrating Christmas In Jolfa Isfahan
Celebrating Christmas in Jolfa, Isfahan

Experience Jolfa with SURFIRAN

Plan a multi-day trip with SURFIRAN to explore the wonders of Isfahan during winter and Christmas. Visitors can enjoy the unique ambiance of Jolfa, explore its chic restaurants, and experience memorable moments in one of Iran’s top tourist cities. For accommodation, choose from a list of excellent hotels in Isfahan, available on SURFIRAN’s website.


Jolfa, with its rich history and festive celebrations, offers a unique blend of cultural and religious harmony, making it an ideal destination for those looking to experience the true essence of Christmas in an Iranian setting.

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SURFIRAN is an Iranian tour operator and travel agency offering tour packages to those interested in Iran. It provides the tourists with services needed to travel to Iran, offers tours across the country, and assists the tourists in obtaining Iranian visas.

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