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Why Londoners need to escape if they want to experience a white Christmas

Betway Casino looked at which countries are most likely to have a white Christmas with data which has been kept since 2009 in relation to white Christmases.

By LLM Reporters  |  December 20, 2021
Moscow in winter, Russia

We’re brought up to believe that it is snow that makes Christmas magical. As a child, the dream is to wake up on Christmas morning, look out of the windows and see fresh, untouched, snow. Films such as The Snowman ensure that the dream of snow is firmly embedded in our brains, but year after year we seem to be met with disappointment.

The problem is that, as adults, we hold on to our childlike dream of a white Christmas while ignoring all of the facts. As much as we may love to avoid it, the fact is that, for Londoners, a white Christmas is likely to remain nothing more than a dream. Are you ready to face up to reality and see why London isn’t best placed to give you a white Christmas? If so, then read on!

A distinct lack of snow

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The last widespread white Christmas in the UK was in 2010, when 83 per cent of weather stations recorded snow on the ground

Now, we’re not ones for stating the obvious but, for a white Christmas, you’re going to need the snow to fall. The problem with London is that it just doesn’t seem to happen. At least not at Christmas anyway. Quite where the image of snow-covered rooftops and London streets comes from is a slight mystery as the data available shows that these things just don’t seem to happen.

Betway Casino looked at which countries are most likely to have a white Christmas with data, which has been kept since 2009 in relation to white Christmases. That is some 12 years come this year. Do you know what it shows? Perhaps now unsurprisingly, it shows that London has not experienced a single white Christmas since these records began. So, if you’re a Londoner and you’re wanting to experience the magic of a white Christmas, you may have to look elsewhere.

The white Christmas alternative

Tallinn
With an average of a whopping 20.5 days of snow per month, the cultural centre and capital of Estonia, Tallinn, is the best bet for your next city break if snow is what you’re after

If you’re determined to experience all that a white Christmas has to offer, the truth is that you’re going to have to broaden your horizons and get set to travel. While London may have proven a bit of a letdown, the great news is that there are plenty of cities to be explored that will allow you to live the white Christmas dream.

You only have to look at Moscow where there have been some nine white Christmases since 2009. Then there are the likes of Tallinn and Nur-Sultan that have racked up an impressive eight. You’ve then also got Reykjavik, Minsk, and Helsinki amongst many others. The options are almost endless, they just don’t include London!

The whitest Christmas

Vaduz in Liechtenstein
Vaduz in Liechtenstein has seen the most snowfall than any other capital city since 2009

If a light sprinkle of snow isn’t enough to encourage you to leave London for Christmas, maybe you need the draw of some serious snowfall? Perhaps you need somewhere where you can see snow in quantities that you’ve never even imagined possible?

If that’s the case, why not try Vaduz in Liechtenstein. The whitest of all Christmases there saw an impressive 254.8cm of snow cover the city. Then there’s Oslo which only last year saw an amazing 158.6cm cover the ground. While London maybe home, to experience a white Christmas, you’re going to have to look elsewhere.