But will you wake on Christmas morning and gasp in delight as the snowflakes settle on Santa’s sleigh tracks?
I went through the last 20 years of December data (1995 – 2015) for the main Vienna weather station. Here’s the deal:
- There was some snow on the ground on the 24th or 25th in seven years (1996, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012)
- It snowed on Christmas Eve in 1996 and 2012
- It snowed on Christmas Day in 2007
If that sounds a little disappointing, remember that it might have snowed just before or just after. So you have a better chance of experiencing a white Christmas period than these numbers suggest.
Also, console yourself with the thought that bright white snow quickly turns to brown slush in a city anyway. Although I will say that the Vienna woods, the city parks and the seasonal markets do look quite wonderful coated in fresh snow. Bah humbug!
Of course there is one promising option for those desperate to find snow – there’s a set of small hills nearby which have been known to attract the odd snowflake. You might have heard of them. The closest mountains are just an hour or two away by car.