Holidays: Greatest locations for a white Christmas within the UK from Scotland to Durham | Journey Information | Journey

Vacationing abroad remains pretty difficult for Brits amid the coronavirus crisis. Many travelers stick to UK short breaks instead – but what’s the best for Christmas? A white Christmas is often in demand during the holiday season, but unfortunately it can be difficult to get snow in this country.

Unst, Shetland Islands

The Shetland Islands are an archipelago in the North Sea, the third largest of which is Unst – the northernmost of the inhabited British Isles.

The village of Baltasound on Unst is home to the Met Office’s northernmost weather station

The island has an average of 65 days of snow a year.

It’s also a good place to see the Northern Lights.

Fair island

Also on the Shetland Islands, Fair Isle is about halfway between Shetland and Orkney.

On average, snow falls here 63 days a year.

It is known for its bird observatory and traditional knitting style.


Loch from Hundland, Orkeny Island

The Orkney Islands are on the northeast tip of mainland Scotland.

The Loch of Hundland on the mainland receives most of the snow on the island – snow falls 59 days a year.


In Copley, County Durham – the only place in England to make it into the top 5 – snow falls an average of 53 days a year.

It is located south of the North Pennines AONB and is home to one of the few outdoor ski centers in England.

“The Durham Dales are a breathtaking landscape of hills, moors and meandering rivers that look perfect when it snows,” Sarah Johnson of Visit Durham told

“Think cozy country bars with blazing fires, fantastic local food and drink, and walks with breathtaking scenery.”

How to book a Christmas vacation during the coronavirus

When planning a celebratory getaway, it is important to record it in the journal as soon as possible.

Josh Williams of shared his festive booking tips with

“Good properties are quickly given away for the Christmas season,” he said.

“Demand will grow significantly once the lockdown is lifted and regulations eased for Christmas.”

Flexible bookings are best during this time of uncertainty.

“Almost all owners and agencies offer flexible bookings and will make new appointments or cancellations if travel restrictions persist through Christmas,” said Williams.

You should also be flexible in your search dates.

“Most owners offer special changeover days and short breaks to cover the Christmas season,” Williams said.

“Last year, Christmas Day was a blast on a Wednesday in the middle of the week – very convenient for the majority of holiday home owners who have a changeover day on Friday or Saturday.

“This year is less easy as the big day falls on a Friday. To prevent the next guests from being rudely awakened by a turkey-induced nap, most self-caterers offer week-long breaks of 20 or 21 or short stays from December from December 23rd or 24th.

“To make finding festive breaks easier, cottage websites often allow you to search with some degree of flexibility.

“On our website, for example, you can search plus or minus three days from December 20th. If a property offers a selection of possible conversions during this period, we will show you the one with the lowest price.”

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