Vienna gets snow every year (at least it has since 1953), ranging from 1cm to over 2m of the stuff.
But will you wake on Christmas morning and gasp in delight as the snowflakes settle on Santa’s sleigh tracks?
- See also: What to do at Christmas
(Snow on my balcony from way back in 2013)
I went through the last 25 years of official December data available (1995 – 2020) for the main Vienna weather station. Here’s the deal:
- There was some snow on the ground on the 24th or 25th in eight years (1996, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016)
- It snowed on Christmas Eve in 1996 and 2012
- It snowed on Christmas Day in 2007
(We nearly got snow on the 25th in 2020 – we had sleet, which almost counts.)
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.
Having said that, I don’t recall any snow at all in December 2020. The records from the official weather people here show there was actually one day of proper snow in the city that month (the 4th) and a few flakes fell on the 3rd – not even enough to make a decent snowball.
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 white. Bah humbug!
Of course, there is one promising option for those desperate to find snow – a nearby set of small hills has been known to attract the odd snowflake. You might have heard of the Alps. The closest mountains are just a day trip away by car or public transport.