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->''"At Christmas I no more desire a rose\\
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth;\\
But like of each thing that in season grows."''
-->-- '''Berowne''', ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost''

Unless a work of fiction takes place in a tropical or arid setting, or in [[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAustralia the Southern Hemisphere]], it will ''always'' snow in winter. That's how [[SeasonalBaggage you know it's winter]].

Christmas time in particular is always a Currier & Ives picture-postcard affair, hence the trope name. Characters will thus spend a great deal of time outdoors walking, sledding, sleighing, skiing, and/or snowshoeing through gently falling snow, and likely as not there will be at least several inches of fresh powder on the ground already. The snow will be there to look "pretty". It does not melt or turn slushy, nor is it ever coated with dirt or litter. It is ''never'' accompanied by freezing winds or icy rains. It can always be easily molded into snowmen or [[SnowballFight snowballs]] (real snow has to be warmish and wet first). No one ever has trouble traveling in it unless it's [[SnowedIn a plot point]], and it even [[ItsAlwaysSpring conveniently vanishes by the next episode]]. Why, it's almost as if Mother Nature herself [[DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime knows it's Christmas time]] and has decided to [[EmpathicEnvironment act accordingly]].

This is most often seen in HollywoodNewEngland, but will likely be the case in any setting if [[SoCalization your writers are from southern California]], where it's a much warmer ecosystem and Christmas means pouring rain and flash floods. What little snow they do see is likely the dry, powdery kind from ski trips to Lake Tahoe, not realizing that snow elsewhere tends to be far more wet and heavy.

In the [[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAmerica United States]], white Christmases are most likely to be seen in the Northeast, the upper Midwest, and the Rockies. Some years the snow can fly as early as October, and as late as April; however, on TV you'll pretty much ''never'' see any of the white stuff in Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, or Easter episodes.

In the [[UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas UK]], particularly Southern England and Wales, there is seldom any snow at Christmas (although, given a recent spate of possibly-climate-change-related cold snaps, this might be changing in the future). Much of the popular imagery of an "old-fashioned" white Christmas goes back to Creator/CharlesDickens, who was really just being nostalgic for his own childhood white Christmases of the early 19th century... which happened to fall during the tail end of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age Little Ice Age]].[[note]]The first eight years of Dickens' life saw eight white Christmases in a row. Lucky bugger.[[/note]]

[[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInJapan Japan]] is a pretty warm place, with weather resembling the East Coast of the United States from roughly Boston to southern Georgia. Tokyo is at nearly the same latitude as Norfolk, Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, an area which gets snow in the winter every few years at best. For European reference, that roughly equates to Southern Europe, which includes Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal, countries which are famous for their warm weather and where it rarely snows unless it's on high altitudes.[[note]]Or unless you happen to live in northern Italy, where snow is actually pretty common during the winter.[[/note]] Thus, if it snows in an anime or manga, it'll either be in a scene set in the far northern island of Hokkaido (whose capital Sapporo is known for its snow sculptures), or under certain circumstances such as SnowMeansLove, where it has to snow for the trope to work.

One of the few places to consistently avoid this trope is Australia; even the laziest of writers would find it hard to miss that Christmas falls at the height of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and Australia being the best-represented country of that hemisphere in Anglophone culture, PopculturalOsmosis has caught up with the fact that [[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAustralia they do things differently there]].

TropeNamer is the song [[Music/MerryChristmas ''White Christmas'']] by Music/BingCrosby, composed and written by Music/IrvingBerlin. Compare LetThereBeSnow, for when a character specifically wishes for snowfall in a place where it would be unlikely.


* It barely ever snows in Ireland, still less at Christmas but Guinness brought out [[http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=GWfdbYbDVzg this optimistic ad anyway.]]
** It often snows in the North and West of the country but rarely in Dublin were the Guinness brewery is located. Even in those areas however, it's rarely snowing at Christmas.
* An ad for a UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}-based car insurance company lampshaded this trope, then dragged it out back and killed it with a snow shovel. We first see a cute scene of winter right out of a Christmas card; SantaClaus flies by in his sleigh and everything. "A non-local car insurance company," states the voice-over, "may honestly think that this is what wintertime in New England is like. '''We''' know that it can also be more like this..." Cut to scenes of [[SlippySlideyIceWorld bumper-to-bumper traffic in a blinding blizzard, people climbing over small glaciers to get to work, a man practically ready to use a jackhammer to chip all the ice off his car windshield, etc.]]
* A traditional Christmas advertisement for Beaurepaires tyre company shown in New Zealand shows Vince Martin dressed in a Santa costume, wandering through a snowy landscape while singing "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"... pointedly ignoring the fact that because New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, Christmas is in the middle of summer.
* Played completely straight in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktw4J8kg3SE this long-running Christmas ad]] for Miller High Life beer, depicting the proverbial one-horse open sleigh tooling around a picturesque, snowy countryside.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' ends on a snowy day, but with green leaves on all the trees.
* One of the winters portrayed in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' anime is actually completely snowless, to the point where it ''rains'' in January which is actually an entirely normal weather for the Tokyo area. You'd need to head north or into the mountains to see snow in Japan, though some areas in the Japanese Alps are arguably the snowiest places ''on the whole Earth''.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', where Hayate wonders if there will be snow later during [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Eve]]. Naturally snow does begin to fall on that night right after they kill the [[OmnicidalManiac berserked self-defense program]], combining this with SnowMeansDeath, [[spoiler: especially since the first Reinforce performs her HeroicSacrifice on the snow-covered Christmas Day]].
* ''Anime/RahXephon'' has a weather-controlling enemy show up specifically to justify having a white Christmas. Subverted in that everyone is ''quite surprised'' by the snow and it is in fact ''cold'', which at least one character finds desperately uncomfortable.
* Defied in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' in the ChristmasEpisode of "Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu", in which the Oarai school ship goes near Australia for Christmas, with [[StudentCouncilPresident Anzu]] saying that one advantage of school ships is that you can go to warm places for the winter. There is snow elsewhere, though, such as at the Nishizumi house, where Maho is hosting a Christmas party with several of her teammates.
* The first segment of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack:Ryuusei no Gemini'', [[AliensInCardiff set in Vladivostok]] around Christmas and the New Year, has the city covered in snow which amused the locals to no end, because it, like the most of Manchuria, is known for its dry, windy winters during which the city receives notoriously little snow. In fact, some years may be entirely snowless, and the heaviest snowfalls usually happen ''in March'' anyway.
* Downplayed in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. It starts snowing on Christmas Eve, but not enough for it to stick. Tohru explicitly refers to it as a [[GratuitousEnglish White Christmas]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Averted in ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', where a week after the funeral, it was Christmas, and it was raining instead. Captain Marvel commented that he wished it would snow, but Green Lantern and Batman reminded him that since they had to bury Superman the week before, the rain seemed appropriate, and no one really wanted to think about the holidays anyway.
* A comic tie-in for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had Mister Freeze escaping and deep-freezing Gotham during an unseasonably warm Christmas. Batman fights him in a cemetery near the graves of his parents, and as it turns out, Mrs. Fries as well. They were married on a snowy Christmas, and Victor was feeling really nostalgic.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Every single strip set in the winter has feet of snow, enough to make giant snow beasts. Calvin apparently lives in Northern Canada. (Or Ohio in the '60s, '70s, and early '80s, as Bill Watterson did. Yes, there really was that much snow. Even now, the northern part of the state in particular gets quite a lot of snow due to the influence of Lake Erie.)
** Although there are some strips where Calvin complains bitterly about the ''lack'' of snow, and one in particular where he lights candles around his sled and then lies on it, praying to the snow demons. There's also a quote something along the lines of, "If I was in charge, we wouldn't see the ground between November and March!"
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' usually features plenty of snow in its Christmas and wintertime strips, but as with ''Calvin and Hobbes'' this is pretty well justified by the setting ([[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield generally accepted to be]] Minnesota, in this case).
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' often has a few inches of snow on the ground around Christmas time. As with the others, somewhat justified as the strip is set in central Indiana, where snow is not uncommon.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' deconstructs this one [[http://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2002/12/22 here]], pointing out that even Michigan doesn't always see a white Christmas, and much of the world (including Bethlehem) never does.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' Santa Claus, to show there's no hard feelings, introduces snow to Halloween Town on Christmas.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The first ''Film/HomeAlone'' movie depended on this trope as a setup. Not that this would be terribly unrealistic for Christmas in Chicago, a city known for its occasional blizzards (although actual white Christmases are bit hit-and-miss).
* In the Western film ''Film/TheProposition'', Christmas is used quite centrally, but there is no snow, because the characters are in the Australian Outback. Creator/EmilyWatson gets a bunch of cotton and pretends it's snow.
* ''Film/{{Babe}}'' has a similar issue, set as it is in New South Wales.
* No one in the film version of ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones' Diary]]'' even remarks on the [[TastesLikeDiabetes tooth-rottingly quaint]] white Christmas happening around them even though this almost never happens in Southern England. And the film ends with Bridget kissing Darcy in a prettily snow-covered street in ''London''.
* Subverted in the film ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', which takes place largely at a resort hotel in Vermont suffering for business due to an unseasonably warm winter. [[spoiler:It finally snows at the end of the movie, which takes place on Christmas Eve.]]
* The first two ''Film/DieHard'' films take place at Christmas. It only snows in the second film, outside the District of Columbia, though; the original is set in Los Angeles. (With a few exceptions, the DC area usually gets snow in late winter, if at all, not in December, and huge snowstorms [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_blizzard_of_1996 are]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_blizzard_of_2009 rare.]])
* ''Film/AChristmasStory'' has this, but it's entirely justified: The story is set in northwestern Indiana[[note]]Jean Shepherd was from Hammond[[/note]], which is bordered by just enough of Lake Michigan to be hammered by lake-effect snow every year.
* Whether or not there will actually be snow for Christmas is a key plot point and gives the French film ''Y aura-t-il de la neige à Noël?'' its title.
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is the only Batman movie in the franchise that takes place around Christmas and pretty much has snow fall upon the normally dirty streets of Gotham City. (Ironically, it is the only ''Batman'' film except for the 1966 TV-inspired original to be filmed in Los Angeles, California, where it almost ''never'' snows. The nine Warner Brothers soundstages used had to be refrigerated, forcing the actors to bundle up even though it could be 70 degrees outside!)
* Subverted at the beginning of the 1987 TV movie ''A Child's Christmas in Wales''; Thomas is disappointed that it's raining on Christmas Eve. He cuts out some paper snowflakes, and his grandfather gives him a snow globe as an early Christmas present and tells stories about childhood Christmases (which involved a great deal of snow). But there's no actual snow to be seen in the present-day scenes [[spoiler: until the very last scene of the movie, when Thomas has fallen asleep and his grandfather opens the bedroom window and catches some of the softly-falling snowflakes in his hand]].
* In ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', the presence or absence of falling snow on Christmas Eve is used to show whether or not George Bailey exists in a given reality, an early version of a ButterflyEffect.
* The TastesLikeDiabetes little town in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' starts getting snow very suddenly because [[spoiler:Edward, who is believed dead but actually self-exiled in the castle above the town, is makng ice sculptures. One wonders where the ICE came from, though...]]
* In the film version of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', when Harry and Hermione go to Godrick's Hollow, the snow there is the first indication that it's Christmas Eve.
* Adressed in ''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing''. The setting is a community of French immigrants in Texas during Christmas and one of them complains about the heat and how it'll be his 17th Christmas without snow.
* Inverted in ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0991150/ Christmas in Wonderland]]''. Although the film is set in Edmonton, Alberta the ground is snow-free, a very rare occurrence indeed.
* Surprisingly averted in the original ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''. Granted, most of the film takes place indoors anyway, but even the final scene of Susan finding the house on Christmas Day shows a completely (and realistically, for Long Island in December) snow-free neighborhood.

* Played with (alongside many, many other Christmas tropes) in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''. In the middle of Hogswatchnight (specifically, in the alternate time-dimension used by the Hogfather to travel the Disc in a single night), the usually muddy streets of Ankh-Morpork are covered in pristine white snow -- but it's acknowledged that by morning this will look more like coffee meringue.
* In the novel ''Literature/GoodOmens'', by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the [[RealityWarper unconscious shaping of his world]] by Adam Young means that his home town of Tadfield has the sort of weather he thinks it ''ought'' to have: "It never rained on Bonfire Night and always snowed on Christmas Eve".'
* Subverted in the Creator/DrSeuss book ''Bartholomew and the Oobleck'', where everything gets covered in {{Oobleck}}.
* A interesting variant in Connie Willis' short story [[http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0406/liketheonesweusedtono.shtml "Just Like the Ones We Used to Know"]] has it start pouring snow nationwide just after midnight on Christmas Eve morning... and not stop until Christmas comes. A White Christmas indeed.
* ''Series/HonorHarrington'': Grayson usually doesn't get snow at Christmas, as they stubbornly retain their use of the Gregorian calendar even though their planetary year is nothing like Earth's. It does happen occasionally though, such as near the start of the 9th book, when the calendars just happened to coincide.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Just about any ChristmasSpecial or ChristmasEpisode will naturally have this.
* Adding to the surreal level of "ooh isn't that pretty"-ness in ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', it snows every winter just in time for the Loreleis to take a stroll.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Subverted in "The Christmas Invasion". At the end, after the aliens are defeated on Christmas Day, snow starts falling amid a meteor shower. Then the Doctor mentions that it's not snow, it's ash -- the alien spaceship burning up in the atmosphere.
** In the following year's ChristmasEpisode, "The Runaway Bride", the Doctor uses the TARDIS' [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands previously unseen powers]] of weather control to create a small snowfall on demand.
** And in the year after this, it was water from the ballast tanks of the ''Titanic'' (the [[SpaceSailing spaceship version]]).
** In "Planet of the Ood" [an ice-planet], the Doctor exclaims loudly and full of joy, "Finally, proper snow!" This is, of course, a normal episode and not a Christmas special.
** He did finally see proper snow in the 2008 special, set in 1851, but he didn't notice.
** In the "The Waters of Mars", it snowed without any type of interference. But, again, "The Waters of Mars" wasn't a Christmas special (It aired and was set in November)
** The 2010 Christmas special has ice crystals trapped in fog by Kazran's weather machine. When Abigail's singing resonates with the crystals, it snows.
** The 2011 Christmas special is mostly set on another ice-planet.
** In the 2012 Christmas special, [[{{Snowlem}} the snow is the villain]]!
** The 2013 Christmas special is set on yet another ice planet, where it's constantly snowing over a town that's actually called Christmas.
** The 2014 Christmas special opens on a snowy Christmas Eve ([[spoiler: possiby AllJustADream]]) and is also partly set in the Arctic.
** It's not clear if the planet in the opening of the 2015 Christmas special is another ice world, or if it's just winter there, but it's snowing.
** The 2017 Christmas Special opens in the Antarctic, and there are white flakes floating about at the end (the 1914 Christmas Armistice), although that's probably ash again.
* The ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "Dear Sis" features one of the more unsubtle examples of this, when they are all in the mess tent celebrating, and then it starts snowing and they stare out the ''windows'' in amazement. For a brief moment, the camp looks pretty (as lampshaded by Colonel Potter), but an ambulance arrives seconds later with wounded and the staff has to get back to work.
** Considering they're supposed to be in ''Korea'' (despite behaving as if they're in Vietnam and the show lasting about four times as long as the actual Korean War), glass windows on a mess tent are all that's unusual.
** Another Christmas episode, "Death Takes a Holiday", has snow start falling at the very end of the final scene... even as trees thick with green summer leaves are visible in the background. D'oh!
* An episode of ''Series/ThirdWatch'''s fourth season had a ''very'' heavy snowstorm hit New York (although not at Christmas), and Faith Yokas' daughter Emily was trapped in a car. The squads find her, get her to hospital, and the episode ends. The next episode begins on the next morning -- and there's no sign whatsoever that the storm ever happened.
* Played with in the first-season Christmas episode of ''Series/VeronicaMars''; to create a feeling like this, the hosts of the big party have set up a snow machine outside, along with carolers. (Of course, this being Veronica Mars, the husband then gets stabbed by the woman he cheated on his wife with, for sleeping with a ''third'' woman that night, at the big Halloween party, when he was about to try cheating on his wife with a ''fourth'' woman. Ta-daaa. Veronica, narrating, says to herself, "No, Veronica, there is no Santa Claus.")
* Played with in ''Series/{{Roswell}}'', where Isabel at one point ''makes'' it snow in New Mexico for her brother's benefit.
* Played straight in a Christmas episode of ''[[Series/MySoCalledLife My So-Called Life]]''; Angela and her mother stand in the falling snow outside a church.
* Naturally doesn't happen in the Christmas episode of ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', leaving Richie to wonder, "Why doesn't it ever snow? You can't build a drizzle man, can you? Or play drizzle balls?"
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Drake and Josh}}'' Christmas special, where at the end it ''looks'' like it's the whole "miracle snowfall in San Diego" scenario but ends up being ''hard cheese shredded by a maniac and his beloved wood-chipper.'' On a related note, this is a revision of the ''original'' plan by Drake and Josh to make snow by putting ''ice'' in the wood-chipper, which instead caused hundreds of dollars of property damage in a frozen drive-by.
* This occurs in the ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E21SantaClaus Santa Claus]]'' episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', where Mike's dream comes true and it snows. [[MST3KMantra In space]].
* The past few Christmasses in ''Series/EastEnders'' have been white ones, even though Walford appears to be the only part of London to get any snow.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Greek}}''. Chapter 2 begins with "spring" semester -- which actually starts in late January. In Ohio. ''Without a flake of snow in sight.'' (As an aside, those of us who live in the colder parts of the United States ''love'' how it's called Spring Semester despite starting in what is usually the very ''worst'' part of winter.)
* Played straight (and combined with LetThereBeSnow) in a Christmas episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', in which all of their travel plans are cancelled and the four women are stuck in Miami for the holidays. Miami, ''Florida''. Earlier in the episode, they complain about how hot it is and how they [[LetThereBeSnow haven't seen a white Christmas in some time]]. But with the help of an outside observer, they rekindle their Christmas spirit and stand awestruck at the door of a diner, watching as the snow falls. They're also quite happy to see the snow, despite being held up to see their families, and it's also specifically mentioned that the snow is really light and whippy.
** Just for the record, it actually ''has'' [[http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/almanac/arc2002/alm02jan.htm snowed in Miami]]. But that was pretty much a freak, one-time occurrence... and it also wasn't at Christmas.
* Lampshaded and justified in a ''[[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow Mary Tyler Moore Show]]'' episode:
-->'''Phyllis:''' You know the wonderful thing about living in Minnesota? We always have a white Christmas.
-->'''Rhoda:''' The thing that gets me is the white Easters.
** Another episode had Lou Grant deliver a rant on how he ''hated'' snow. Then he moved to Los Angeles for [[Series/LouGrant his spinoff show]]... and, during his first Christmas there, he [[NostalgiaFilter got all nostalgic]] for the snows of Minneapolis.
* The ChristmasSpecial for ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', "I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger", has the citizens of Angel Grove get a white Christmas after the Rangers save Santa Claus from Lord Zedd. Note that this is the ''only'' Christmas special the series gets for over a decade and there's no more snow in any Ranger city after that.
* Highlighted in the ''{{Series/SCTV}}'' sketch "The Fella Who Couldn't Wait for Christmas", starring a fidgety Ed Grimley:
--> "Oh, I can't ''believe'' it's gonna be a white Christmas; it could't be much ''better'', I must say. Thanks, {{Music/Bing|Crosby}}! Oh, as if ''he'' had anything to do with it, but ya know, in a way I'll bet he did!"
* Averted in ''Series/TheXFiles'' Christmas episodes. One takes place in San Diego and the other in Maryland. Scully notes during the one set in Maryland that the forecasters were calling for rain, and ''maybe'' a White Christmas. Not unusual for the setting; though Maryland ''does'' get snow, the winters tend to be mild and wet rather than cold and snowy.
* The ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' Christmas episode "O Little Town" has the town getting steadily warmer due to the energy buildup as it shrinks. When the energy gets released via a giant-snowflake shaped hydrogen crystal, it snows (and the crystal itself becomes a Christmas star).
** The second Christmas episode "Do You See What I See", the advanced tech that goes wrong is an attempt to create holographic snow as a surprise for the kids.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had it in "Amends". Justified, as it was a magical snow sent by the PowersThatBe to save Angel.
* ''Series/JamesMaysManLab'': Since he's never seen one, James tries various methods to create a white Christmas, using everything from cloud seeding to liquid nitrogen. Alas, only a tiny quantity of "real snow" was produced in the end, and the crew was forced to resort to fake snow.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'' averts this. Paradise Valley is set in the American southwest, and lampshades this in the Christmas episode by reporting the weather is still quite hot and sunny with no snow at all. Played straighter in the series tie-in novels: ''Zappy Holidays'' has cold weather in it.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' was set in Colorado, but filmed in Los Angeles, meaning no snow for outdoor shots.... But they get around this in the holiday episode "Comparative Religion" by having the big climactic fight in the artificial snow of an outdoor 'winter wonderland' tableau.
* The second ''Series/{{Flash}}'' ChristmasEpisode ends with everyone commenting on how depressing a rainy Christmas is ... until Caitlin decides to use her AnIcePerson powers to do something about this.
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'': Near the end of their ChristmasEpisode (44), Luka / [=GokaiYellow=] uses the powers of [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Magimother]] to make it snow.
* Since ''Series/FullHouse'' takes place in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, which is in California, Cousin Becky (originally from Nebraska) finds it hard to get used to Christmas without snow, as seen in the 1992 ChristmasEpisode "A Very Tanner Christmas." So at the end, during a big holiday get-together party on Christmas Night, Uncle Jesse surprises Becky with a beautiful snow-covered backyard, made possible by ordering 17,000 snow cones. Naturally, Becky loves it, and the episode ends with the family and their friends playing in the snow to the sound of "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."

* The rarely-heard intro to the Music/IrvingBerlin song for which the [[TropeNamer trope is named]] reveals the reason the singer is "dreaming of a [[Music/MerryChristmas white Christmas]]": he's in Beverly Hills.
** It was also somewhat ironic at its peak of popularity in December, 1942. American troops were fighting only in North Africa (Sahara Desert) and Guadalcanal and New Guinea (in the southern tropics) at the time.
** Berlin actually wrote the song while lounging by a swimming pool in Phoenix. Similarly, Bob Wells came up with the lyrics for "The Christmas Song" (''Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose'', etc.) as a way of trying to "think cool" during a hot summer day in Los Angeles.
** At the end of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, as the North Vietnamese Army approached the outskirts of Saigon, the Armed Forces Radio stations began playing Christmas songs (It was late April). Vietnam vets have said that when they heard Music/BingCrosby singing "White Christmas" on the radio, they knew that the end was at hand.
* A popular song by the country group Music/{{Alabama}} has the line "It's Christmas in Dixie/It's snowing in the pines." While parts of Virginia and Tennessee, which are technically in the South, do get significant snowfall because of being in or near the Appalachian mountains, [[DeepSouth the states most people THINK of as "Dixie"]] (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina) are usually far too warm for snow.
* The music video for the Music/DashboardConfessional song "Stolen" shows it snowing at the Hotel Del Coronado in... Coronado, California, which is across the bay from San Diego. It NEVER snows in Coronado. Ever.
* "Jingle Bells"[[labelnote:]](The French and German translations do include references about New Year and Christmas respectively, however)[[/labelnote]]. "Jingle Bell Rock". "Sleigh Ride". "Winter Wonderland". "Marshmallow World". "Let It Snow". "Baby, It's Cold Outside". "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm". "Frosty the Snowman". All are secular, seasonal tunes about winter which make no mention of any holiday, and would be appropriate well into January (and February, and possibly even March) in many parts of the U.S. Yet they are rarely heard on the radio or in department stores after December 25th, and never, ''ever'' after January 1st.
* The Australian Christmas carol "Christmas Where the Gum Trees Grow" quite understandably averts this:
--> Christmas where the gum trees grow\\
There is no frost and there is no snow\\
Christmas in Australia's hot!\\
Cold and frosty's what it's not!\\
When the bloom on the Jacaranda tree is here\\
Christmas time is near!
* Deliberately subverted by [[Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer Greg Lake]]'s "I Believe in Father Christmas" (Lyrics by Lake and Pete Sinfield):
-->They said there'd be snow at Christmas\\
They said there'd be peace on Earth\\
But instead it just kept on raining\\
A [[{{pun}} veil of tears]] for the Virgin Birth
* Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" helpfully points out that "there [[CaptainObvious won't be snow in Africa]] this Christmas time".
** Sure, there will -- just on the tops of those mountains over there. Also, it's a metaphor. Kind of a silly one, but we're not going to begrudge a charity song.
** Not that there aren't plenty of other examples of Western geographic ignorance in that song, including the assertion that in Africa, "nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow."
*** to be fair, they ''were'' talking about a rather nasty drought in Ethiopia at the time.
* Music/ThePetShopBoys released a Christmas single in 2009 appropriately and accurately called "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas".
* Gene Autry's song "If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas" (hilariously and profanely [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hawOAtZcW9o covered]] by Creator/JoePesci) concerns itself with how Santa Claus will make his rounds in the ''absence'' of the white stuff.
* Parodied in Music/MitchBenn's "Christmas Single".
-->In the second verse, I guess the moment's right,\\
To express the hope that Christmas will be white,\\
Though it hasn't snowed at Christmas since 1962,\\
And no-one in their right mind really wants it to.
* The traditional English carol "In the Bleak Midwinter" posits these conditions ("Snow had fallen, snow on snow") at Christ's Nativity, although most Biblical scholars doubt the event actually took place in winter... which, in [[UsefulNotes/PalestinianTerritories Bethlehem]], wasn't likely to be snowy anyhow.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In the ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' Christmas episode "Give or Take a Million", Brains arranges for a white Christmas on the tropical Tracy Island by setting up a snow machine.
* One {{Muppet}} routine, featured in such television appearances as a Perry Como Christmas special and ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'', involved a group of reindeer who are concerned that it's three days before Christmas and it hasn't snowed yet, as if it needs to snow on Christmas.
** [[FridgeBrilliance For reindeer, it does.]]
* ''Series/SpittingImage'' had a satirical ditty called "Santa Claus Is on the Dole", which begins thusly:
-->Snow is lying on the ground\\
And in the air the sleigh bells sound\\
The frosty patterned windowpane\\
[[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather It's British summer time again...]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the [[GameMod custom]] ''Franchise/TombRaider'' game ''[=TRSearch=] HQ: Emergency!'', it's Christmas at Croft Manor and it's snowing heavily outside. Then the next level is [[TheMountainsOfIllinois "British Mountain Ranges"]].
* When winter arrives in ''VideoGame/{{Proteus}}'', the snow starts falling and the snowflakes play music for you.
* The protagonists of ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'' meet Christmas in Cascade Falls, a small town near Fort Teller. The town is evacuated because of the Soviet assault, but the Christmas decorations are still in place--and it's covered in snow. That map is one of the snowiest in the entire game, in fact, possibly even more so than the ones set in Russia.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', where a Christmas Eve blizzard conveniently empties Gotham so the only people on the streets are criminals and {{Dirty Cop}}s.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Rowdy C. of ''WebVideo/TVTrash'' discusses this in his review of ''Film/HomeAloneTheHolidayHeist'': After a character says "Will you look at that snow? Never got that in California", he cues up a picture of a snowy scene in Fresno and says, "That's Hollywood for you, thinking that California doesn't go any farther north than Bakersfield."
* ''WebVideo/RosssGameDungeon'''s Christmas episodes typically operate under the logic that "snow equals Christmas", as the game being reviewed usually has nothing to do with Christmas, but does have plenty of snow. As of 2016, the only exception to this has been ''VideoGame/StillLife'', and even that only has half of the game taking place during Christmas.
-->'''Ross:''' I'm really not trying to dodge ''actual'' Christmas games to look at, but almost every Christmas game I've seen falls into one of two categories: a minigame that you can do in 5 minutes, or some ''existing'' game with a Christmas ''skin'' on it. There's a ''few'' exceptions, but that's what, 3 games?

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An exception is the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' ChristmasSpecial, where O-Town hasn't had a white Christmas in years, until [[LetThereBeSnow Rocko and a young elf bring Christmas cheer back to the town]]. Of course, Rocko is Australian, and as such would have celebrated Christmas in the summer, till he came to the US. However, "O-Town" is an actual nickname for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlando,_Florida Orlando]], UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} and the only snow the average Orlandoan sees is at [[http://www.orlandowelcomecenter.com/maps/blizzard-beach-water-park-map.html Blizzard Beach water park]] at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney World]]...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Subverted in one episode when Bart, expecting a snow day from a blizzard the previous night, walks outside to find "unseasonable warmth".
** Also subverted in an episode where the Simpsons travel to Australia during the winter in America. Homer, having taken a sled, is disappointed to be told by Lisa that it's actually summer in Australia.
** The creators have also said that the whole origin of the "Mr. Plow" episode was because they wanted to do an episode where it was snowy but not Christmas.
** There was also a Valentine's Day episode that Lisa lampshaded as an unseasonably warm February 14th, hence the lack of coats.
*** The most recent Valentine's Day episode, "Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-[=CO2=]-Ne-He-[=CH4=]", also [[ItsAlwaysSpring looks more like it's spring instead of winter]], with no snow on the ground, fully-leaved trees, and the lack of winter clothes.
** EVERY Christmas in Springfield is white. In fact, in the episode "White Christmas Blues," due to the nuclear emissions released from the power plant combined with the air from the tire yard fire, Springfield becomes the only place in America to have a white Christmas, thus attracting many tourists for the season.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' ChristmasSpecial "Arthur's Perfect Christmas," one feature Arthur wants in his ideal perfect Christmas is to have snow during the Christmas season. However, a number of things are slowly not turning out to match Arthur's ideas, including the lack of snow. In fact, on Christmas Eve, when he is outside, he notices a lone snowflake and his hopes rise, [[CueTheRain only for it to start raining heavily]]. However, it DOES finally snow on Christmas night, after the relatives have left, to which Arthur has found it to be a perfect Christmas after all, but in a different way.
** There have also been various episodes taking place in the wintertime where there is plenty of snow in Elwood City, and Christmas is barely mentioned in a couple of them, such as "Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest," "Sue Ellen Moves In," "D.W.'s Snow Mystery," "Arthur's New Years Eve," "The Long, Dull Winter," "The Blizzard," "Arthur's Teacher Moves In," "Prunella's Prediction," "Arthur's Snow Biz," "Castles in the Sky," quite a bit actually.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. The first half of the show (each entire episode holds 2 different stories) is about a very bad heat wave over the city that renders almost everyone crazy from the high temperature. At the end of that story, a single snowflake can be seen floating down from above. Part 2 of the episode, a different story, is about how the town is suddenly blanketed with a thick sheet of snow.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** In an early episode, a California flag is seen outside the local post office, making you assume that's where the show is set. In the Christmas episode the families rent a cabin in the mountains, so they can have "a real White Christmas". But then, a later episode involves a blizzard happening at the characters' home.
** In a related incident, in one episode we get a changing seasons montage, including snow, only to find out it's only been a week. As one character comments: "Crazy Weather we've been having, eh?"
** There was an early episode where the babies pretend to be explores in an icy land, all taking place in their snow covered backyard.
* From the obscure animated ''Cabbage Patch Kids'' ChristmasSpecial: the Kids take one step outside their magical Cabbage Patch (where [[ItIsAlwaysSpring It's Always Summer]]) and find themselves in waist-deep snow in a picturesque White Pine forest that might as well be North Conway, New Hampshire. Then they take a ride to "The City" and find an equally picturesque setting with people in furry coats and old brick buildings frosted with ice and snow and such. According to a small sign in a park, the city in question is... ''UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, Georgia''.
* A first-season episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' subverted the trope by having a snowball fight in July in the middle of a desert, made possible because the Decepticons [[ArtisticLicensePhysics were draining heat from the Earth's core.]] That desert never saw snow for the rest of the series.
* A ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' Christmas episode featured snow in ''Hawaii''. This enters the realm of complete ridiculousness. (Hawaii does get snow, only it's at the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island, not Kaua'i where the show is set.)
* ''Nearly'' averted in the Christmas episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', where it is remarked that it is quite warm for December. Then at the end of the episode, down comes the snow.
* Also nearly averted in the Christmas episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' entitled "Holly Jolly Jimmy." It doesn't start snowing until the very end, on Christmas morning.
* A {{Subversion}} of this trope is the main plot of WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow ChristmasEpisode. There has been a heatwave, so Lola puts on an [[InNameOnly adaptation]] of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', while Daffy and Foghorn Leghorn set up a giant fan to blow cold air from the North Pole.
* In a Christmas episode of ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'', it's snowing outside. In December. [[CriticalResearchFailure In the Southern Hemisphere.]]
* Naturally it's snowy in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' ChristmasEpisode "Winnie-the-Pooh and Christmas Too!", but there have been quite a few other episodes where there's snow and it doesn't take place around Christmas, such as "Find Her, Keep Her," "The Magic Earmuffs," "The Wishing Bear" and "Tigger is the Mother of Invention." Strangely in the Valentine's episode "Un-Valentine's Day," it [[WeatherDissonance looks more like the middle of spring]] instead of February, where there is no snow, and the characters aren't wearing any winter clothing when outside (Christoper Robin even has his usual T-shirt and ''shorts'' on.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' ChristmasEpisode "Jolly Molly Christmas", Molly dreaming of a white Christmas is a plot point. The climate in Cape Suzette is subtropical or tropical, so the adults keep telling her that this is impossible. In the end, [[spoiler: [[ChristmasMiracle it begins to snow]] nevertheless.]]
* The Rankin/Bass Christmas special ''White Christmas'' has this as part of its storyline.
* The beginning of the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''Putty Tat Twouble'' has Tweety shoveling snow out of his nest and lamenting "This is what I get for dweaming of a White Chwistmas!"

* Films and stories about the life of Jesus usually feature warm if not desert-like weather. However, Christmas nativity scenes sometimes (thought not frequently) portray Jesus' birth as having taken place during snow. Snow in Bethlehem is only slightly more likely than it is in Jerusalem, where it is exceedingly rare (just over 30 days of snow, cumulatively, in the last 60 years), and has never been recorded to occur before January. Not to mention the fact that the Roman Empire saw global temperatures several degrees ''higher'' than they are today. However, it's quite likely to have been raining. And this is, of course, assuming that Jesus was actually born in December... many historians are convinced that the Roman Catholic Church placed Christmas in the early winter to coincide with the Winter Solstice in order to attract pagans and that he was more likely born in March or April.
** This isn't really debated among historians at all. It's an established fact that the birthday of Christ was moved by the Roman church to coincide with Saturnalia (Roman Winter Solistice), just like nearly every Christian holiday was moved to co-opt a more popular Pagan holiday the locals refused to give up.
*** The question of time of birth comes from cues in the Biblical text that are not consistent with winter. For one, shepherds would not be tending sheep flocks at night during the winter (but they would in Spring).
** At least one Nativity carol, "In the Deep Midwinter", is guilty of this.
** [[ChristianityIsCatholic Not everyone celebrates Christmas in December. Orthodox Christians celebrate it in January]], if only because the Orthodox Church still uses the old Julian calendar, which is currently off by two weeks (Christmas thus being January 7). In the Julian calendar Christmas is still December 25. Note, though, that not all Orthodox Churches use it; some have switched to the modern (Gregorian) calendar and thus celebrate Christmas in line with the non-Orthodox churches.
* Beyond the 60th North latitude (or 50th in a deep continental area, like the entirety of Russia), a white Christmas is almost guaranteed. The first snowfall will be in late November, and the permanent snow cover has usually arrived at latest for St. Anna (9th December). The further north, the earlier.
* A variation was intentionally averted for many years by the National Football League with the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl. The game has traditionally been played in late January or early February, when many big football cities are covered in snow. However, up until the NFL pardoned the Meadowlands (just across the Hudson from New York City), who eventually won their bid for the 2014 game, they required host city candidates to have either a domed stadium or average temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Now there's a chance that Dreaming of a White Super Bowl will become a reality.
* Parts of Australia [[http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/12/20/3097298.htm nearly had a white Christmas in 2010]] which for Australia would be rare, considering Christmas is in the ''summer'' there.
** In 2006, freak weather conditions resulted in up to 30cm (a foot) of snow falling in some areas of the Victorian and New South Wales highlands on Christmas Day.
** At least one hotel in southern Australia has been known to arrange "Yuletide Festivals" in June, when there ''is'' snow in those parts.
* In 2009, a December 22-28 snowstorm that hit the Midwestern US hard stretched far enough south to give Dallas, Texas its first White Christmas since 1929. Other parts of Texas had snowfalls of 9 or more inches.
** In 2004, a Christmas snowstorm brought significant snowfall to parts of southern Texas and Lousiana. El Campo, Texas, saw 11 inches on Christmas Eve. In Brownsville (a far-South Texas city bordering Mexico), it was their first measurable snowfall since 1899.
* The city of Raleigh, capital of North Carolina, has never had snowfall on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day since the city was founded in 1796. Yet there have been white Christmases in other relatively nearby cities (like Durham and Chapel Hill), just NEVER Raleigh itself.
** Coastal North Carolina is worse-- we're lucky enough for it to snow even once a winter, let alone accumulate. Even then, the snow comes in late January or in February, which are normally colder months than December. Though it did snow on the night of Christmas Day in 2010, and wound up dumping ''15 inches of snow'' the next day. What's worse, the coast is absolutely '''frigid''' during the winter, with lows frequently dipping down into the 20s and even teens. It just doesn't snow, ever.
** Speaking of Norfolk, Virginia, it does snow there during winter at least once almost every year. But hardly ever in December. Nevertheless, because of cultural conventions, we always (vainly) dreamed of a white Christmas while growing up.
* During the holiday season of 1989 the United States experienced near-record low temperatures. It snowed on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in five decades, and on Christmas Night it got cold enough nationally for a light snowfall to occur in ''Southern California'' of all places.
* After the holiday season of 1999, eastern Massachusetts has only had two white Christmases, in 2009 and 2010, even though during the rest of the winter the region is often very snowy.
* Downplayed by Thomas Kinkade, of all people. His city Christmas pictures are realistic enough to have slush in the streets instead of everything salted down clean and dry.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherRainforest The Pacific Northwest]] has a good snowstorm about once a decade. But the wet, windy Decembers are enough for a carol ("Christmas in the Northwest") to have a chorus saying it's a "gift... trimmed in green"
* Averted in the Midwest during the 2010s, in the Decembers of 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 (the latter two had theirs in November instead).