Where to find snow in the UK this Christmas


Posted by Hannah on 30th September 2020

Winter snow

On average, the UK gets a white Christmas every six years. But more often than not, it’s that horrible, sludgy snow that no one likes, not the lovely white dusting we see in films. 

However, it is possible to find snowy places in the UK; even if you can't find guaranteed snow at Christmas, we've found the best places for snow in Scotland, England and Wales. If you're looking for where to go for snow at Christmas, you might want to give these snowiest places in the UK a try. 

Snow in Scotland

Where to find snow in Scotland

With snow falling in Scotland on average 38 days a year, and just 7.4 days on average in Cornwall, according to the Met Office, it’s wise to head up north if you’re seeking a white Christmas. If you're wondering, 'where does it snow in Scotland at Christmas?', the country's spectacular mountain ranges are most likely to receive a dusting of snow through the winter. As well as the Cairngorms National Park and Glencoe, remote areas in the Highlands and the Isle of Skye are highly likely to see snow and are some of the best places for snow in Scotland. 

Snow in the Cairngorms

The Cairngorms

The Cairngorms National Park is the snowiest location in the UK, and is also the country's leading destination for snow sports. According to the Met Office, Aviemore enjoys 66 days of snow a year, while the weather station at the Cairngorm chairlift has 76.

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Stromness, Orkney Islands

Orkney Islands

The Orkneys are a group of islands which lies just off the mainland's north-east tip and, being so far north, receive their fair share of snow. The Loch of Hunland is recorded as receiving an average of 59 days snowfall a year.

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Fort William in winter

Scottish Highlands

With its mountainous landscape and northern location, it's no surprise that the Scottish Highlands are often topped with snow. Among two of the snowiest places in the Highlands are the villages of Kinbrace and Knockanrock, which can see as many as 50 snow-covered days a year.

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Snow in England

Where to find snow in England

The snow is not just limited to Scotland - many of the northern reaches of England also enjoy a frequent blanket of snow. While the best places for snow in England are less numerous than in Scotland, there are still many snowy places worth seeking out if you're looking for a white Christmas. 

County Durham in snow

County Durham

Home to a large stretch of the North Pennies, this rural and hilly County Durham is one of England's most northern counties and also sees a high level of snowfall each year, making it one of the snowiest places in England.

The small village of Copley is the snowiest in England, found just south of the North Pennines AONB, and also has its own outdoor ski centre, where you can take to the snowy slopes for real without leaving the UK.

Widdybank Fell, at the heart of the North Pennines, is the snowiest of this range of hills, with an average of 50 days of snow a year. Here you'll find two towering waterfalls, High Force and Cauldron Snout, where icicles hang on the chillier days.

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Hadrian's Wall in snow


This large northern county also has a large annual snowfall, and the deserted landscape carpeted in snow is truly a sight to behold. With the North Pennines also crossing through Northumberland, you can expect to see these peaks often topped in snow.

Allenheads is another prime spot in England to enjoy some snow sports, offering both skiing and snowboarding.

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Snow Lake District scene


Home to some of the highest peaks in the UK, Cumbria, and in particular the Lake District and the North Pennines, is also often topped with snow during the winter months.

The Lake District Ski Club in Raise, next to Helvellyn, is positioned for the best snow conditions in the Lakes. For a village scene dusted in snow, head to the village of Alston, the highest village in England, found a thousand feet above sea level.

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Snow in Wales

Where to find snow in Wales

Although not as common as England or Scotland, if you look in the right places you may be able to find snow in Wales too. With plenty of mountain ranges that enjoy a sprinkling of the white stuff, you can find the answer to the question, "where does it snow in Wales at Christmas?", atop the country's lofty peaks. 

Snowy Snowdonia


Although the name may suggest otherwise, snow is a rarity on Snowdonia National Park, a picturesque region full of mountains, peaks and lakes in the north-west of the country. Snow can fall on the mountains from October onwards though, so it's a contender for the snowiest place in Wales. If you're heading that way and are keen to climb to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands, then there'll definitely be an increased risk of slips, trips and falls - so tread carefully!

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Snowy escapes

Wake up to views of snow-covered rooftops and fields with a getaway to one of these top wintery destinations. Check out our Scotland, County Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria cottages to plan your own snowy escape!

Christmas cottages

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.