Wicked Holiday Guide

Wicked Holiday Guide

Wicked Holiday Guide

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If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in Massachusetts, here’s a handful of towns where it might actually happen.


I’m hoping my town makes the list. Sure, it’s cliche, but there’s a certain magic to when it snows on Christmas Eve and you wake up to a soft blanket of white on Christmas morning. We’ve seen that scene come to life in countless holiday films, and of course the concept was immortalized way back in 1954. But even before that, many of us privileged enough to live in snowy climes have always secretly hoped for Christmas snow.


The team at BetMassachusetts recently polled adults across America, asking them if they’re hoping for a white Christmas this year. Nationwide, 59% of Americans said they’re hopeful that their Christmas will be white. Here in Massachusetts, 63% of residents polled want a white Christmas. To be honest, I’m surprised that number isn’t higher. But that’s just how the numbers broke down this time.


White Christmas in Massachusetts? These 10 Towns Have Good Odds

So how the hell did they come up with this list? They looked at climate data, of course! “Between 1991 and 2020, weather data from Climate.gov shows how often each state has received at least 1 inch of snow on December 25th, highlighting the probability of a white Christmas.” So you take that data, put together your prognostications, and voila: a white Christmas list.


Of course, I’m focusing on Massachusetts. So take a look and see if your town made the Top 10 and what the odds are that you’ll get a white Christmas there. And while we’re on the subject, don’t forget our Wicked Holiday Guide, chock-full of festive things to do in and around the Boston area this holiday season, as well as fun holiday traditions, cocktails, and recipes. And cocktails. Did we mention the cocktails?

  • 10) Reading

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 42.8%

    Secretly, I hope the snow spills over into neighboring Wakefield, the town I grew up in. Because the common always looks so pretty when it snows around Christmas.


  • 9) Brimfield

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 44.6%

    Don’t worry: the flea market is closed for Christmas, so it won’t get snowed out or anything.

  • T7) Ware

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 47%

    Where the heck is Ware? I know where it is! I deejayed a wedding there years ago. Lovely town.

  • T7) Bedford

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 47%

    Hell yeah, Bedford! Kick some of that Christmas snow over to Lexington and Woburn while you’re at it!

  • 6) Sunderland

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 47.4%

    Say it out loud: SUNDERLAND! Doesn’t it just sound festive?

  • 5) Groveland

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 50.5%

    I feel like I once cut down my own Christmas tree in Groveland a million years ago. No, wait: it was Georgetown.


  • 4) Barre

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 53.9%

    Now we’re up over the 50% mark. Now things are starting to get serious. Time to crack a local beer.

  • 3) Ashburnham

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 62.3%

    You’re seeing the trend here, right? The further west you are, the better your chances.

  • 2) Worthington

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 68.5%

    Can’t we just round this one up to 69% to make it funnier?

  • 1) Ashfield

    Odds of having a white Christmas: 73%

    Close to a 3 out of 4 chance they’ll get Christmas snow? I like those odds!

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