Where to find snow in the UK this Christmas

Christmas, Fall into Winter

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. So where can we find that perfect white Christmas?


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. Scotland’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.

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.

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.

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 days with snow a year.


The snow is not just limited to Scotland - many of the northern reaches of England also enjoy a frequent blanket of snow.

County Durham

Home to a large stretch of the North Pennies, this rural and hilly county is one of England's most northern and also sees a high level of snowfall each year.

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.


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.


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.

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!

Posted by Hannah on 16th October 2017