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.
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.
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.