Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Snow-filled, Dickensian festivities don’t seem to be as common as in our own childhood, and global warming may see the end of the Christmas flurry within decades. But how about this year? We’ll update this page as the forecast gets more accurate.
What Is A White Christmas?
There are two definitions.
The one that most of us use to care about: “Is it snowing on Christmas day where I live?”.
The official definition: “[At least] One snowflake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December somewhere in the UK”.
That second definition is more flexible than it used to be. Until recently, the snowflake had to be observed at the Met Office in London. Now it can be any weather centre in the country.
How Common Are White Christmases In The UK?
More common than you might think. Snow falls somewhere in the UK on seven out of every ten Christmases. However, that impressive tally includes many a Yule where you’d hardly notice. The last Christmas with significant and widespread snowfall was 2010, when you might have enjoyed a snowball fight more or less anywhere in the country. This is very rare. According to the Met Office, only 4 out of the past 51 years have seen widespread snow cover on Christmas day.
So, Come On, Get To The Point… Will We See Snow This Christmas
Updated 16 December: The current forecast gives a week of mild weather, followed by below-average temperatures starting around Christmas. It might just snow on Christmas Day, though a fall is more likely in the days afterwards. Bookmakers have the odds at 4/1 that it will snow somewhere in the UK, with the chances highest in Scotland. We'll update this information as the big day gets closer.
Snow jokes that’ll have you balling with laughter
Brrrrrilliant weather-learning activities for all ages
Mum… where does the wind come from? (and other weather questions answered)
At Kidadl we pride ourselves on offering families original ideas to make the most of time spent together at home or out and about, wherever you are in the world. We strive to recommend the very best things that are suggested by our community and are things we would do ourselves - our aim is to be the trusted friend to parents.
We try our very best, but cannot guarantee perfection. We will always aim to give you accurate information at the date of publication - however, information does change, so it’s important you do your own research, double-check and make the decision that is right for your family.
Kidadl provides inspiration to entertain and educate your children. We recognise that not all activities and ideas are appropriate and suitable for all children and families or in all circumstances. Our recommended activities are based on age but these are a guide. We recommend that these ideas are used as inspiration, that ideas are undertaken with appropriate adult supervision, and that each adult uses their own discretion and knowledge of their children to consider the safety and suitability.
Kidadl cannot accept liability for the execution of these ideas, and parental supervision is advised at all times, as safety is paramount. Anyone using the information provided by Kidadl does so at their own risk and we can not accept liability if things go wrong.
Sponsorship & Advertising Policy
Kidadl is independent and to make our service free to you the reader we are supported by advertising.
We hope you love our recommendations for products and services! What we suggest is selected independently by the Kidadl team. If you purchase using the buy now button we may earn a small commission. This does not influence our choices. Please note: prices are correct and items are available at the time the article was published.
Kidadl has a number of affiliate partners that we work with including Amazon. Please note that Kidadl is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.
We also link to other websites, but are not responsible for their content.