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White Christmas 2022 : Where you're most likely to see one

Christmas and snow both have their own magic. Experiencing the two together is what makes a white Christmas such a special event, one that has obsessed people for years! Where is it most likely to happen? We may just have the perfect deal for you to finally experience it!

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What is a White Christmas?

We don't mean to put you off, but the official definition is slightly less exciting than what you might imagine. When thinking of a white Christmas, we usually envision landscapes and cities fully covered in soft beautiful white snow. What is really meant for a Christmas to be considered 'white', according to the Met Office, is actually one single snowflake seen falling in the 24 hours of 25th December somewhere in the UK. Still excited? We are! Although much rarer in the UK, it's actually very possible to see those snowy landscapes, around Europe for example, so read on to learn where!

Will it snow in the UK this Christmas?

According to the Met Office, around half of the years since 1960 have a record of snow falling on Christmas Day. It means we can expect more than half of all Christmases to be white. As we've seen, scenes of widespread snow are much rarer - that's only happened four times since 1960! Things are set to get quite chilly towards the end of November, which led bookies to slash the odds of a white Christmas in 2022. Edinburgh is seen as the most likely to see snow on the big day, followed by Glasgow, Newcastle and Birmingham. Belfast, Dublin and Manchester have slightly lower chances, while Cardiff and London are the least likely to experience the special event this year.

Where is the best place for a White Christmas?

If all this talk of snow and Christmas has made you want to immerse yourself in the extra enchanting atmosphere of a white Christmas, we understand that. That's why we've rounded up our favourite white Christmas destinations - we have great deals on stays for each of these locations!

Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian capital has some of the best conditions in Europe for a white Christmas thanks to its frequent December snow. During the festive season, the city transforms into a fairy-tale-like village, filled with twinkling lights and the beautiful Budapest Christmas markets. With its popular Szechenyi thermal baths, the city is definitely worth visiting!

Tallinn, Estonia

It may be less popular than other locations, but Tallinn is a beautiful city, especially at Christmas! Legend has it the first Christmas tree to be placed in a town square was actually in the Estonian capital! Tallinn also has its own Christmas market, with lovely wooden stalls, ice skating rinks, and musical events, and its Historic Centre (Old Town) is actually a Unesco World Heritage Site. That would be one special white Christmas!

Krakow, Poland

People take Christmas pretty seriously in Krakow, so the city ensures the wonders of a magical festive atmosphere. It often has a white Christmas! The Polish capital is well known for its beautiful architecture and traditions, which combine at Christmas in its Old Town historic district. That's where their Christmas market takes place, offering delicious food and drinks, accompanied by Christmas trees and glistening lights, of course. Just imagine such beauty covered in white soft snow!

Lapland, Finland

If you're looking for incredible landscapes in one of the most beautiful places on earth, you'll find them in Lapland. Since we're talking about Christmas, what's better than visiting Santa himself in his homeplace? Located in the Arctic circle, Lapland has a very high chance of a white Christmas. You may even be lucky enough to see the wonderful Northern Lights! If snow is very likely there, deals here on Wowcher are guaranteed. Tell Santa we say hi!

Reykjavik, Iceland

During the cold months, temperatures in Reykjavik and Iceland in general experience quite the drop, making a white Christmas a very likely event. Iceland's capital, as well as other towns around the country, are filled with festive decorations and countless Christmas and advent lights. Here you also have a chance to spot the Northern Lights, while you're sure to find ice skating rinks and Christmas markets, where you can taste some delicious Icelandic Christmas food.