Which City in North America is Likely to Have a White Christmas?

By  //  December 16, 2021

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For many people around the world, waking up to the sight of snow on Christmas morning is one of the best things that could happen during the holiday season.

However, only selected regions are lucky enough to see snowfall on what is undoubtedly the most magical time of the year.

A recent study by Betway Casino highlighted that point to perfection, with just four capital cities across the globe seeing snow on over half of Christmas Days since 2009.

Moscow (Russia), Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Tallinn (Estonia) and Reykjavik (Iceland) are the capitals where snow has been most likely to fall over the past 12 years.

By contrast, London has not enjoyed a single white Christmas during the same timeframe – a statistic that has left the snowman industry in tatters!

For North American residents, Canada is the place to be if they want to enjoy the delights of a snowfall during the holiday season.

Ottawa is joint fifth on the top 10 list of capital cities alongside Minsk (Belarus), Helsinki (Finland) and Vaduz (Liechtenstein) that have had the most Christmas Days with snow since 2009.

Canada’s capital has a fifty percent strike-rate for white Christmases during that timeframe – a run that includes a whopping 94 cm of snow in December 2013.

Ottawa is a fabulous place to spend the Christmas holidays, with the city offering a host of festive attractions to suit all ages.

The Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne is a superb place to get into the Christmas spirit, particularly if you love sampling food and drink.

The European-style market booths host dozens of unique food and beverage vendors, each of whom put their own stamp on Christmas.

Around 100,000 people are expected to visit the market this year, highlighting just how popular it has become with locals and visitors alike.

If you fancy trying something a little more ambitious, Ottawa Biplane Adventures has teamed up with Santa Claus to take people on a flight above the city.

All proceeds go to the Ottawa Food Bank and provide passengers with a bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Christmas in Canada would not be complete without strapping on a pair of ice skates and venturing onto Ottawa’s wide range of outdoor facilities.

The Rink of Dreams is a superb place to skate, with Christmas music and illuminations helping to add to the festive feel.

Lansdowne Skating Court, Rideau Hall and Brewery Creek Skating Rink are also well worth checking out during the festive period.

For anyone who would rather leave the skating to other people, the Ottawa Senators have a host of home games in the National Hockey League over Christmas, which you can watch live in attendance or catch via live NHL streams online.

The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are both scheduled to visit the Canadian Tire Centre during Christmas for what promise to be two cracking games.

However, the standout fixture during this period is unquestionably on New Year’s Day when the Senators travel west to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

There have been some feisty encounters between these two teams over the years and their latest meeting could be another one.

Travelling to the game also opens up the possibility of visiting the Niagara Falls, which is just an 80-mile drive away from Toronto. 

There are nightly fireworks during the festive season, which provide a spectacular backdrop to this awe-inspiring natural feature. 

With seven of the past 12 Christmases seeing snowfall in Ontario, this region is one of the best places to enjoy a truly magical holiday period.