Did you know that the odds of having a white Christmas in the Netherlands is only 7% every year? A white Christmas has only occured 8 times in the last 116 years: in 1906, 1938, 1940, 1950, 1964, 1981, 2009 and 2010.
The Hague - photo: Jan Kranendonk

Did you know that the odds of having a white Christmas in the Netherlands is only 7% every year?

A white Christmas (‘witte Kerst’ in Dutch) has only occured 8 times since 1901, the year our country started keeping track of snow during Christmas.

According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) a white Christmas is defined as having a complete covering of snow at the KNMI headquarters in De Bilt on both Christmas Days. The probability of a local white Christmas is therefore higher than a national white Christmas.

Did you know that the odds of having a white Christmas in the Netherlands is only 7% every year? A white Christmas has only occured 8 times in the last 116 years: in 1906, 1938, 1940, 1950, 1964, 1981, 2009 and 2010.
Delft –¬†photo: Gerard Stolk

White Christmas in the Netherlands

Below is an overview of the years with a white Chistmas and the amount of snow that went with it.

YearSnow depth
190610 cm
193813 cm
19404 cm
19506 cm
19645-10 cm
198111-20 cm
20094-9 cm
20105 cm

Over the past 116 years there were 21 Christmas days when only a light and/or local snowfall was reported, like the 10 cm layer of snow in the eastern part of the Netherlands in 1986.

Did you know that the odds of having a white Christmas in the Netherlands is only 7% every year? A white Christmas has only occured 8 times in the last 116 years: in 1906, 1938, 1940, 1950, 1964, 1981, 2009 and 2010.
Grote Markt, Haarlem
photo: Rowin van Diest