Britons have expressed their true feelings about the prospect of a White Christmas this year and almost half of UK adults have said they would like it to snow where they live this Christmas.
A new survey by The Weather Channel found that while 49 per cent are wishing for snow, 45 per cent of British adults worry it would cause havoc to their travel plans.
The poll revealed that households with children have a stronger desire to see snowflakes falling. 72 per cent of households with three or more children hope it will snow this Christmas, compared to 47 per cent of adults who have no children in the household.
For 33 per cent of respondents, a White Christmas on their doorstep is believed to be likely, with more Northerners (43 per cent) than Southerners (28 per cent) thinking they are likely to see snow in their area during the Christmas period.
Although a majority of British adults would like it to snow for Christmas, almost 90 per cent of Brits would not travel abroad to ensure they experience Christmas in snowy climes, even if they could afford to.
Kirsty McCabe, meteorologist and TV presenter, said: "Although the picture-perfect vision of the festive season is one sprinkled with snow, this research reveals how the UK is split on dreaming of a White Christmas this year.
"In the last 53 years, a snowflake has fallen on Christmas Day 38 times, with our last White Christmas occurring in 2010. Statistically the odds are in our favour this year, but of course it is too early to say until a few days before."
Would you like it to snow this Christmas? And would you ever go somewhere hot for the festive period or do you prefer a traditional British Christmas? Leave a comment and let us know below.
Christmas gift ideas for travellers
Almost half of Brits wishing for White Christmas, survey reveals
With Relais & Chateaux's Creation Gift Boxes, you can surprise a loved one to a luxury hotel stay or dinner at one of 182 hotels worldwide. The Creation Gift Boxes are for two people to share and include Seasonal Flavours for €169 (a 3-course meal and a glass of wine in a choice of 160 restaurants worldwide) or Charming Stay for €249 (an overnight hotel break and breakfast in a choice of 172 hotels worldwide) to Magical Places for €645 (one night’s accommodation, champagne, breakfast, a 3- or 4-course dinner with a bottle of wine in a choice of 179 hotels worldwide) or Ultimate Escape for €1220 (one night in a suite, Champagne, breakfast, a 5-course meal with a bottle of wine and an exceptional activity - such as a flight over the Loire Valley’s chateaux at the Hotel du Lion d’Or - in a choice of 188 hotels worldwide).
This stunning coffee table book is a compilation of acclaimed landscape photographer Tim Hall's vivid colour and black and white alpine images. Above The Clouds (£35) explores the fragile relationship between the natural alpine world and those that live and venture within it. The beautiful book features 108 pages of photographs of the Arlberg Massif in Austria, home of Lech and Zürs villages.
For the skier in your life who loves nothing better than to take to the powder as soon as winter hits, Helly Hansen's innovative and insulated W Sunrise Jacket (£650) for women or Thrym Jacket (£650) for men will leave them seriously impressed and looking stylish on the slopes. W Sunrise is feminine with its fur-trimmed hood and sleek Scandinavian design, and also has 4-way stretch Helly Tech Professional shell fabric for protection from the snow, body mapped PrimaLoft stretch insulation for a flattering silhouette and H2FLOW turbocharging mechanical vents to keep them dry, warm or cool on the slopes. The Thrym Jacket comes with similar features, plus a stretch snow skirt and ski pass pocket, dual hand warming pockets, chest and game pocket, and articulated arms and elbows for superior fit.
COMO Shambhala's Invigorate Travel Set is ideal for adding a a few little luxuries to someone's luggage. The wellness products use mood-enhancing blends of eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and geranium, which are all found on the COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. The set, costing £12, contains a shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, all promising to leave them feeling fresh and energised after a hard day's sightseeing or sunbathing.
Got a little one who loves to carry their own snacks and toys on days out or on trips abroad? This cute Toddler Daysack (£19.99) from Stanfords features a shark design on the bag and comes with a waterproof hood to make rainy days fun too. The rucksack doesn't just transform toddler to shark, but has a removable parent safety strap so you can keep your little shark close at all times.
Who wants to carry a selection of bulky paper books on holiday these days? Kindle Paperwhite (from £109) is a must-pack for book lovers, designed to deliver a fantastic reading experience with no screen glare in bright sunlight and offering the ability to read with one hand. It's lighter than most tablets and the battery life lasts up to eight weeks! There's a built-in light which means you can read without eye strain AND did we mention it can carry over one thousand books?
Fun for the whole family, the Talking Tables Around the World in 80 Cards game (£5) from Cotswold Outdoor is a great stocking filler for the well-travelled. They can test their knowledge on the far-flung reaches of the globe in front of the fire after Christmas dinner with the rest of the family or pop it in their bag to take away on an outdoor adventure.
For the ultimate luxury travel gift this Christmas, look no further than the Globe-Trotter Goring Hotel Collection. The limited edition range of beautiful luggage is made using rich damask silk lining from The Gainsborough Silk Company and is a miniature of the silk wall covering used in the Drawing Room of The Royal Suite at The Goring in London. The collection includes a 13-inch vanity case, 21-inch trolley case and a 33-inch extra deep suitcase with wheels and each are made using original Victorian machinery. From £485 for a 9-inch mini utility case.
For a techy traveller who needs to know what to do and when on the move, the 16GB Apple iPad mini (£249) from Viking will allow them to check emails, visit traveller sites, browse map listings and tourist hotspots using a sleek device during their trip. With a perfect size for travelling, the iPad mini allows globetrotters to flick through photos and watch videos in vivid detail and when it comes to keeping in touch they can wave hello to the family with a FaceTime call.
Perfect for gourmet travellers looking for the ultimate foodie treat this Christmas, Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London has launched a collection of traditional Italian pannetones sold exclusively through the hotel’s restaurant, Il Ristorante. The quintessential Milanese Christmas delicacy is beautifully packaged in Bulgari wrapping and is available in a variety of sizes. From £35 for 1kg pannetone (serves 10 people).
Give someone the gift of meditation this Christmas with the easy-to-learn Headspace app (£4.99 per month for a year's subscription). Ideal for busy travellers who can't find time for themselves, the meditation app teaches you how to focus your mind and learn how not to let difficulties overwhelm you in just 10 minutes a day. It can be used on a flight to help combat fear of flying, on arrival in a new place to help you relax and get in the zone, or on the beach to help you make the most of your time off. We couldn't travel without it!
Creative types wanting to keep a diary of their travels will love this special journal with a 64-page notepad and eight miniature scratch maps. The Travelogue (£15.75) from Hunkydory Home comes with travel tips and the maps are split into different regions of the world.
If you're looking for a clever gift for a smartphone or tablet user, the new Goo.ey accessory (from £15) will leave them seriously impressed. The ingenious accessory grips to smooth surfaces, so that their device can be used hands-free. It uses advanced material that doesn't feel sticky, yet holds fast to flat, glossy surfaces. It means they can place their phone or tablet in convenient places and it will stays put. It makes apps like Facetime, iTunes and Googlemaps easier and more fun to use, while providing more freedom to use the inbuilt camera for 'selfie' photos and videos on the plane, in the car or on the train.
Whether they love skiing in the Alps or cycling in the New Forest, these Etip Gloves (£30) from The North Face will keep their hands warm throughout winter and keep them connected with the touch screen compatibility. Now they have no excuse to share pictures of their active break while away!
For the ever forgetful, the Knock Knock Pack This Pad (£6) from Urbane Traveller is a great stocking filler to help them remember to pack everything from a travel adaptor to their toothbrush. The pad features all the essentials, such as cash, passport, shampoo and insect repellent.
Ideal for someone you know who thinks they have everything or a snap happy teen, the Autographer (£299) is the world's first intelligent wearable camera. The small device clips onto your clothing and captures images automatically throughout the day so you don't have to. It has sensors that can tell when something interesting is happening and takes a photo. It's perfect for capturing spontaneous snaps on your travels and to avoid interrupting your travel experiences.
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The UK's best Christmas markets
Almost half of Brits wishing for White Christmas, survey reveals
Traders from all over Europe and much further afield come to the Belfast Christmas Market at City Hall. Browse the selection of handbags, satchels, wooden toys, essential oils and hand-painted pottery. Don't miss the new food court for a bratwurst or Dutch pancakes. Dates: 18 November to 23 December 2017. Stay:The Merchant Hotel
Hosting one of the UK's largest Christmas markets, Manchester goes into full-on festive mode with several markets popping up in the city. Stock up on international food, traditional crafts, amber jewellery and ornaments. Dates: 10 November to 20 December 2017. Stay: Abode Hotel
Bringing a touch of Alpine charm to the south west, Bath Christmas Market plays host to more than 200 little wooden chalets brimming with locally made gifts and festive food. Set against the backdrop of Bath's Roman architecture, the city makes for one of the most atmospheric Christmas destinations in the UK. Dates: 23 November to 10 December 2017. Stay: Brooks Guesthouse
Leeds Christkindelmarkt is one of the most established German Christmas markets in the UK. Held in Millennium Square in the city centre, highlights include the Frankfurter Scheune at Alp Chalet - perfect for delicious Bavarian delicacies. Dates: 10 November to 24 December 2017. Stay:The Chambers Park Place
The Frankfurt-style Christmas market held in Birmingham is one of the biggest of its type outside Germany and Austria. Don't miss the live music, weissbeer and roasted almonds. Dates: 16 November to 24 December 2017. Stay:Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Set in Edinburgh's city centre against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Christmas markets include the ever-popular European Christmas Market with its delightful gifts and treats, and the Scottish Market which offers the best food, drink and craft Scotland has to offer. Stock up on unique chocolate, Gin, Scottish crafted jewellery and woodwork at the Scottish Market. When: 18 November 2017 to 6 January 2018. Stay:Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
Set against the beautiful backdrop of Exeter Cathedral, the Christmas market offers something for all, from handmade gifts to decorations and warm food. Although it is inspired by continental markets, it represents the best of what Britain and the South West has to offer. Stock up on crafts, unique gifts and decorations. Dates: 16 November to 17 December 2017. Stay: The Magdalen Chapter
Winchester Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, attracting more than 350,000 visitors each year. Traditional wooden stalls are set up in the Cathedral's historic Close - a perfect setting for festivities.Stock up onBritish jewellery, glass and decorations. Dates: 20 November to 22 December 2017. Stay:Lainston House Hotel
Cardiff Christmas market is set in the pedestrian areas of the city centre, with stalls offering shoppers a range of quality craft products including enamel and pewter work, Welsh slate products, carved Welsh love spoons, metalwork, pottery, jewellery and traditional wooden items and toys. There is also a range of delicious seasonal food on offer, as well as plenty of mulled wine to keep shoppers warm as they go. Dates: 9 November to 23 December 2017. Stay:Jolyons
Winter Wonderland returns to London's Hyde Park in November with the ice rink, a giant observation wheel and, of course, its famous Christmas market. Enjoy hot cider, mulled wine and farmhouse foods alongside a spot of rustic revelry in the shape of an outdoor fire pit at the park’s heart. Dates: 17 November 2017 to 1 January 2018. Stay: Park Plaza County Hall
The luxury Christmas market in Nottingham's Market Square features 65 Victorian-styled trading cabins with an array of quality Christmas gifts from local traders and mouth-watering treats, timber decked walkways, an Ice Bar, a bandstand and at the centre of it all, an outdoor ice rink which promises to be bigger and better than ever before! Dates: 17 November to 24 December 2017. Stay:Jurys Inn Nottingham
This small, traditional market is set in the picturesque Whitefriars Square and is a good spot for quirky Christmas presents. Pick up traditional festive gifts, such as tin toys and Christmas ornaments, and enjoy German foodie treats, incudling Bratwurst and gingerbread. Dates: 25 November to 24 December 2017. Stay: Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Gloucester's impressive historic docks provide the backdrop for a very Victorian Christmas experience. Explore an authentic market selling high quality food and drink as well as hand-made gifts. Enjoy choirs, brass bands and don’t forget to keep an eye out for a host of colourful and larger than life Dickensian characters who bring the market to life, all under the watchful eye of the faithful 'peeler'. Dates: 16 to 26 November 2017. Stay:The New County Hotel
The European-style St Albans Christmas Market offers a unique location in the walled Vintry Garden in the shadow of St Albans Cathedral. The market has more than 60 stalls selling a wide range of gifts and goodies, including decorations, jewellery, clothing and homeware. Festive food ranges from German-style bratwurst to gluhwein and there is packed programme of festive fun, including music, dance, magic and circus skills. Dates: 25 November to 23 December 2017. Stay:The Clarion Collection Hotel