Will It Snow In The UK This Christmas (White Christmas Odds)

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Will we see a White Christmas this year? The bookmakers have the White Christmas odds on offer and you can now place a bet on snowfall. Never mind just dreaming of a White Christmas you can now place bets on it.

Will It Snow In The UK This Christmas (White Christmas Odds)
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White Christmas Betting Odds

It's coming up to that time of year again when the anticipation of a White Christmas fills many romantic festive fans with deep and crisp and even dreams. Some UK bookmakers are happy to offer betting odds on the occurrence validated officially by the Met Office

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In 2022, despite very few people seeing snow, the Met office reported Christmas Day snowfall in Scotland, and for 2023, around September is when betting sites begin to dabble with odds for the event with long range weather forecasts becoming available.

How is a White Christmas defined?

Most bookmakers declare a White Christmas when just a single snowflake falls in the 24 hours of December 25th at one of the 12 major UK airports.

White Christmas Bookmakers

Up until the big day you will see fluctuating forecasts and odds, the bookies will be following the weather bulletins and will cut the odds if snow is indicated.

White Christmas Percentage Chance

The Met Office reports that snow has fallen SOMEWHERE in the UK on Christmas Day 38 times in the last 52 years. A percentage chance of 73%.

Latest White Christmas Betting Odds

Snow On Christmas DayBetting OddsPercentage Chance
Edinburgh (Airport)2/133.33%
Glasgow (Airport)2/133.33%
Leeds (Leeds-Bradford Airport)3/125.00%
Belfast (Airport)7/222.22%
New York (JFK Airport)4/120.00%
Manchester (Airport)4/120.00%
Birmingham (Airport)6/114.29%
Cardiff (Airport)10/19.09%
London (City Airport)11/18.33%
Bristol (Airport)20/14.76%
Dublin (Airport)20/14.76%
Paris (Charles De Gaulle Airport)20/14.76%
Aberdeen (Airport)20/14.76%
Liverpool (Airport)20/14.76%
Newcastle (Airport)20/14.76%
Gatwick (Airport)20/14.76%

How To Place A White Christmas Bet

White Christmas odds will be created by the best betting sites, this gets a lot of interest from the bookmakers and they tend to price up the White Christmas market in the Autumn. 

Just like a sporting event the bookmakers create odds giving White Christmas odds for the country and individual British cities.

You simply need to go to your favourite betting app and head to the TV & Specials section in the menu, then select White Christmas betting.

If you do not have an active online betting account, then head over to our betting sites section where you will see a list of bookmakers available in the UK.

We have in-depth reviews so you can see what other users think of them before joining, alternatively head over to the free bets page where you can see the list of welcome offers currently available from all UK betting sites. 

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Placing Your White Christmas Bet

  • Once you are at the betting site scroll down the index to the TV and Specials tab. 
  • Click that and you should be able to see the current  White Christmas odds.
  • Select the city you want to bet on having snow on Christmas day.
  • This will open up the bet slip, at which point you will see confirmation of the betting odds being offered
  • Now you choose your stake - most betting sites will show you how much you can expect to have returned if your prediction is correct.
  • If you are happy, simply hit, PLACE BET, to confirm your selection, stake, and bet.
  • You will be given a receipt for your bet and it will appear in your open bets in your account details.
  • Then it's just a matter of time waiting to see whether snow falls.  
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White Christmas Betting News Diary Timeline

The betting odds for a White Christmas are always popular with us obsessed with the weather.  We will follow the long-range weather forecasts and betting odds for a White Christmas 2023 in this section.  

Here is a round-up of the White Christmas Betting Timeline from our OLBG News feed

1st November 2023

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What is a White Christmas?

A 'White Christmas' in the context of betting is defined by at least a single snowflake falling during the 24 hours of Christmas Day at a specified location.

White Christmas Odds and Percentage Chance

These prices do change and do vary between different bookmakers. 

In the past, the met office building in London was used for betting on a White Christmas but today locations are used across the UK. 

The Met Office reports that a snowflake has fallen somewhere in the UK on Christmas Day 38 times out of the last 54 years. 

The weather stations around the country report snowfalls and if we can truly say it is a White Christmas. 

  • 2017 saw 11% of met office weather stations report snow on Christmas Day in the UK. 
  • 2016 saw 6%
  • 2015 saw 10% 

You can see below the odds for a range of UK cities on whether it will snow on Christmas Day. 

The locations we can bet on a 2023 White Christmas happening are defined by each bookmaker, these are commonly airports.

Snow At Airports
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Deepest Snow

The Met Office highlighted that the deepest snow ever on Christmas Day was in 1981. 47CM was recorded in Kindrogan, Perthshire.

Christmas Day Weather Records

What is the coldest Christmas day on record?

The coldest Christmas day recorded in the UK was in Gainford, Durham, England in 1878 where the temperature plummeted to an icy -18.3°C. Not far behind was the frigid Christmas day in Altnaharra, Sutherland, Scotland in 2010, recording a chilling -18.2°C. That same year Katesbridge, Down, Northern Ireland and Llysdinum, Powys, Wales experienced their chilliest Christmas Day with recorded temperatures of -17.5°C and -16.5°C respectively.

Coldest Christmas Day Temperature °C Year
Gainford, Durham, England. -18.3°C 1878
Altnaharra, Sutherland, Scotland. -18.2°C 2010
Katesbridge, Down, Northern Ireland. -17.5°C 2010
Llysdinum, Powys, Wales. -16.5°C 2010
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What is the warmest Christmas Day on record?

The warmest Christmas day on record in the UK was registered in Killerton, Devon, England in 1920 when the mercury soared to 15.6°C. 

More recently, in 2015, Hawarden, Clwyd, Wales relished an unusually warm Christmas at 15.2°C. In Scotland, a toasty 15.1°C was hit on Christmas day in 2011. 

Meanwhile, Belfast, Newforge, Northern Ireland enjoyed a pleasantly warm Christmas in 2016 with temperatures reaching 14.8°C.

Warmest Christmas Day Temperature °C Year
Killerton ,Devon, England. 15.6°C 1920
Hawarden, Clwyd, Wales. 15.2°C 2015
Dyce, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Urquhart, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. 15.1°C 2011
Belfast, Newforge, Northern Ireland. 14.8°C 2016
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Where has the deepest snow fallen on Christmas Day?

For those dreaming of a white Christmas, a number of places in the UK have recorded significant snowfall on Christmas Day in the past. Scotland saw the deepest snow in 1981 at Kindrogan, Perthshire with 47cms. Meanwhile, in Wales, Christmas 2010 delivered a spectacular 45cms of snowfall in Cae Poeth, Gwynedd. 

In England, Buxton, Derbyshire and Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire experienced a captivating blanket of 43cms of Christmas snow in the years 1981 and 2009 respectively. Over in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Down saw a respectable 17cms snowfall in 2010, adding a magical touch to the festive holiday.

Country Deepest Snow on Christmas Day Centimetres Years
Scotland Kindrogan, Perthshire 47cms 1981
Wales Cae Poeth, Gwynedd, Wales 45 cms 2010
England Buxton, Derbyshire & Malham Tarn, N. Yorkshire 43 cms 1981, 2009
Northern Ireland Hillsborough, Down 17 cms 2010
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What is the wettest Christmas Day on record?

For those who balk at the idea of a rainy Christmas, it is worth noting that the highest recorded rainfall on Christmas Day occurred in Capel Curig, Gwynedd, Wales in 2015, with a heavy downpour totalling 165.4mm.

Country Wettest Christmas Day Millimetres Years
Wales Capel Curig, Gwynedd 165.4mm 2015
England Ennerdale, Cumbria 103mm 2003
Scotland Achnagart, Ross & Cromarty 70.5mm 2011
Northern Ireland Lough Cowey, Down 37.8 mm 1956
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What is the windiest Christmas Day on record?

The windiest Christmas day on record can cause quite a stir. In 2011, Sella Ness, Shetland, Scotland experienced an incredible 101mph gale.

Country Windiest Christmas Day MPH Years
Scotland Sella Ness, Shetland 101mph 2011
England Needles, Isle of Wight 93mph 1997
Northern Ireland Killough, Down 81mph 1990
Wales Aberporth, Dyfed 78mph 1990
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What has been the sunniest Christmas Day on record?

For those seeking some sunshine this Christmas, consider taking a leaf out of history's book. In the past, the sunniest Christmas day on record in England boasted 7.5 hours of lovely winter sun. This festive delight was experienced in Penzance, Cornwall in 1994, Faversham, Kent in 1979, and again in Camborne, Cornwall in 2010. So remember, if it's Christmas sun you crave, these places may be the perfect Christmas day destination.

Country Sunniest Christmas Day Hours Years
England Penzance, Cornwall , Faversham, Kent, Camborne, Cornwall 7.5 hours 1994, 1979, 2010.
Wales Aberporth, Dyfed 7.5 hours 1944
Scotland West Freugh, Wigtownshire 6.9 hours 1961
Northern Ireland Aldergrove, Antrim, Ballywatticock, Down 6.7 hours 2000.201
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What are the Odds on a London White Christmas?

When did London last see snow on Christmas day?

The last time that London saw significant snow was when the UK was hit by the 'Beast from the East' which was back in March of 2018. But what about snow on Christmas Day?

  • Since 1900, London has seen a total of just 10 white Christmases.
  • White Christmas in 2010 was recorded as the coldest-ever Christmas day in the UK with around 25cm falling in some parts of the capital. 
  • The 5-day forecast on the 20th of December will naturally be the most accurate, but by then the bookmakers will have cut their prices, so value bets should be placed before the 20th of December. 

What are the odds on Snow on Christmas Day in the UK?

If you want to enhance your chances of a White Christmas then Scotland is the place to be.

The probability as we get closer to Christmas day is normally between 25% and 33% in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Dundee. 

Each bookmaker allocates a price (odds) that equates to a percentage chance, at the current best odds from online bookmakers you can see the percentage chance of a White Christmas above. 

When we get closer to a possible White Christmas these percentage chances will alter dramatically.

All the White Christmas odds currently available are for snow at an Airport.

You may live in one of these cities and see snow, but it needs to snow at the Airport for your bet to win. 

White Christmas Percentage Chance

The percentage chance of snow varies according to which online bookmaker you visit.  

To read more about how bookmakers use percentages please visit this betting school article on understanding bookmakers.

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White Christmas in Ireland Odds

There is actually a large number of white Christmases that have been recorded on the island of Ireland. 

Since 1961, a total of 17 Christmas days have seen snowfall although the last one was back in 2010.

Between 1990 & 2010 there was a total of 10 recorded White Christmas, which was on average a white Christmas every two years. 

White Christmas Worldwide

The best betting sites normally feature some cities from around the world in their White Christmas betting market with Paris and New York two of the most popular. 

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