Winter Wonders: Discover the Top 10 Snow-Draped Landmarks to Visit at Christmas

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Embark on a yuletide journey with our guide to the top ten snow-capped landmarks around the world. Feel the magic of a white Christmas in these iconic cities.

Winter Wonders: Discover the Top 10 Snow-Draped Landmarks to Visit at Christmas

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As the festive season approaches, nothing embodies the Christmas spirit quite like the sight of iconic landmarks shrouded in snow. In this article, we'll take you through the top ten snowiest cities and landmarks during Christmas and what odds the bookmakers are offering for these global white Christmases. From the historical charm of Europe to the bustling streets of North America and beyond, discover the places where yuletide cheer and snowfall are virtually guaranteed.

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10. Eiffel Tower Paris - France

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Perhaps an exception to start, but beautiful if the snow falls. The Eiffel Tower, Paris's iron lattice icon, typically stands amid cold but not heavily snowy December weather. Snow is not as common in Paris as it is in more northern or eastern parts of Europe, but when it does, it adds an enchanting layer to the city's romantic atmosphere, albeit without guaranteeing a white Christmas.

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9 Erfurt – Germany (Erfurt Cathedral):

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Erfurt Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic architecture, provides an ethereal backdrop for December's snowfall. While snow in Erfurt varies year by year, a gentle dusting to several inches can grace the cathedral’s spires and the adjacent Christmas market, enhancing the medieval charm of this Thuringian city during the festive season.


8 Space Needle - Seattle, Washington, USA

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Seattle's Space Needle soars above the city and witnesses a modest dusting of December snow, averaging 1.7 inches. In a city known for rain more than snow, these gentle snowfalls add a touch of wintry charm to the Pacific Northwest metropolis without overwhelming it.

Odds on a White Christmas in US Cities in 2023

It is quite common for odds to be made available at betting sites for predictions on the weather, and inparticular at this time of year, a White Christmas. here we have collated some of the latest odds [Correct at 23rd November but subject to change) available from various bookmakers on the odds of cities across the US to have a white Christmas in 2023.

Western CitiesFractional OddsVegas OddsPercentage Chance of a White Christmas
Salt Lake City, Utah1/3-30075.0%
Boise, Idaho1/2-20066.7%
Portland, OR5/160015.7%
Seattle, Washington6/170014.3%
Denver, Colorado7/180012.5%


Midwestern CitiesFractional OddsVegas OddsPercentage Chance of a White Christmas
Cleveland, Ohio1/2-20066.7%
Detroit, Michigan6/170014.3%
Indianapolis, Indiana6/170014.3%
Chicago, Illinois7/180012.5%
Milwaukee, WI7/180012.5%


Northeast CitiesFractional OddsVegas OddsPercentage Chance of a White Christmas
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania13/816338.1%
New York, New York2/130033.3%
Boston, Massachusetts3/140025.0%
Baltimore, Maryland4/150020.0%
Washington D.C.5/160016.7%


7. Glacier National Park – British Columbia, Canada

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In December, Glacier National Park in British Columbia becomes a winter haven, with nearly 2 meters or six and a half feet of snow transforming the Canadian Rockies into a stunning, snow-enthusiasts' paradise.

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6. Willis Tower Chicago: 

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As one of the tallest buildings in the United States, Willis Tower stands sentinel over an often snowy Chicago in December. While Chicago's weather can be variable, the Tower has seen its fair share of snowy days, with averages of 2.8 inches in December, though it can range significantly, encompassing mild to highly snowy winters.

5 Syracuse – New York, USA (Clinton Square):

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Renowned for its high snowfall, Syracuse transforms the iconic Clinton Square into a winter wonderland come December. The square, which houses the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and is a hub for holiday festivities and outdoor skating, is blanketed with an average of over 10 inches of snow. This makes it one of the snowiest cities in the United States, offering a picturesque Christmas season with fluffy, white scenery.

4 St. John’s – Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (Signal Hill):

Perched atop Signal Hill, visitors experience panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and St. John's. This historic site, where the first transatlantic wireless signal was received, is no stranger to heavy snowfall. Averaging 9 inches in December, the Hill is often covered in a thick, powdery layer, creating a serene and frosty landscape for the most adventurous holiday sightseers.

3. Sapporo – Japan (Sapporo Snow Festival):

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The Sapporo Snow Festival, held in February, is a testament to the city's substantial snowfall. In December, Sapporo begins to accumulate the snow that will later be sculpted into incredible ice art. The city is often cloaked in layers of snow, with hundreds of inches falling over the winter season, creating a dazzling snowy landscape in preparation for the festival

2. Erie – Pennsylvania, USA:

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Positioned beside Lake Erie, the city often receives lake-effect snowstorms that can lead to significant snow accumulation in December. While the amounts can fluctuate dramatically, it's common for Erie to experience substantial seasonal snowfall, providing a frosty embrace to the region's holiday festivities..

1. Akita Japan

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Akita, Japan, dazzles with 64.3 mm of average December snowfall, embracing a long, snowy winter ideal for skiing and hot springs, transforming the "autumn field" into a top winter wonderland, despite its chilly sub Zero temperatures. A cherished gem in Akita, is the historical samurai district of Kakunodate. Renowned for its well-preserved samurai houses and cherry blossoms in spring, Kakunodate provides a striking contrast when draped in winter snow, offering visitors a unique glimpse into Japan's feudal past with a serene, snow-covered backdrop.

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Conclusion

Iconic landmarks transform under snowfall, offering magical holiday scenes from Paris's Eiffel Tower to Chicago's Willis Tower. Visiting these places during Christmas promises a unique blend of festive cheer and picturesque winter landscapes that capture the spirit of the season.

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Jake Ashton, a seasoned Social Media Manager at OLBG, has exhibited expertise in sports journalism and digital marketing through past roles including working as a Social Media Specialist at Team FA, where he aided the brand in reaching 2.5 million unique users. With a background rooted in Sports Journalism from the University of Huddersfield, Jake consistently blends his sports knowledge with innovative strategies to deliver remarkable social media management in the fast-paced digital world. In addition Jake is our Head of Betting News, specialising in creating and managing Sports, Political and Entertainment Betting angles.

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