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Christmas is still a few weeks away, but people are already wondering if Michigan will have a white Christmas this year. Whether or not it’s a white Christmas, rest assured that Santa has all kind of modern technology on his sleigh, so he really doesn’t need snow to get the job done. That’s all the more reason why I prefer to not have a white Christmas, but that’s just me.

Historically, Michigan has record highs and lows ranging from -29 degrees to 82 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That’s pretty insane. Chances are, we won’t be near any of those extremes on Christmas this year.

So, who has the answer as to whether we’ll see a white Christmas this year? Let’s turn to the Farmers’ Almanac, which has been known to accurately predict weather trends for generations.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, Michigan is in the almanac’s “Zone 2,” which also includes the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin. “Merry mushy Christmas! Christmas weather: turning milder with a few showers of wet snow, rain,” the almanac states for our area. So, yeah, we won’t be getting much snow. Elsewhere, in “Zone 1,” which includes New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C., there also won’t be much snow. “Sorry snow lovers – your Christmas weather looks more wet than white!” the almanac’s Zone 1 prediction states. The only areas that look like they could get snow are “Zone 6,” which is Northwest America; “Zone 5,” which is South Central, but only the northern portion; and “Zone 4,” which is the Rockies and Plains. Find the full list of snow predictions across America here. I’m happy about the possibility of not having a white Christmas, but I know many people do enjoy the beauty of it.

4 Michigan Towns Named the Most Magical for Winter in America

  • Munising, Michigan

    Munising, Michigan, is one of the top picks on Trips to Discover’s list. The outlet states, “The breathtaking ice walls can be marveled at from various angles, or even climbed, with rental equipment and lessons available for beginners. Over the second weekend in February, the annual Michigan Ice Fest offers climbing classes and seminars conducted by world-class climbers.” Sounds like fun!

  • Holland, Michigan

    Of course Holland, Michigan, is on this list. My uncle lives near there, and it’s a delightful spot. Trips to Discover states, “Nestled along Lake Michigan, Holland may be medium sized but it feels more like a small town.” I usually travel to Holland in the summer, but it definitely has its own charm in the winter, too. I’m glad to see it made this national list.

  • Marquette, Michigan

    Going up north to Marquette, Trips to Discover states, “Marquette sees an annual average of 200 inches of snowfall. It sits along the shores of Lake Superior and is often blanketed in the white powder while nearly 75 miles of cross-country ski trails, 60 miles of groomed trails for fat bikes, and 400 miles of snowmobile trails await. The daring can even try winter surfing.” It’s certainly beautiful this time of year.

  • Frankenmuth, Michigan

    Frankenmuth is the Christmas spotlight of America. Trips to Discover states, “Frankenmuth is a Bavarian-style town that’s ideal to visit around Christmas, drawing many to enjoy the festivities that include everything from a Christmas tree light show to sleigh rides.” It offers so much holiday fun.

  • Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

    Of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Trips to Discover states, “The charming town of Elkhart Lake is the quintessential winter wonderland during the season. You’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy it from snowshoeing and ice fishing to spa experiences and brewery tastings.”

  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, sounds like a great Christmas town, judging by the name, and it is a perfect holiday spot. Trips to Discover states, “Bethlehem is an obvious place to visit for Christmas, with its annual Christkindlmarkt inspired by the markets of Germany and a top Christmas market in the U.S., but it offers a whole lot more throughout the winter months.” It’s a great area for skiing and snowboarding.

  • New Hope, Pennsylvania

    New Hope, Pennsylvania, is beautiful this time of year. Trips to Discover states, “New Hope is like walking into an antique snow globe in the winter and as you stroll the streets downtown, you can check out unique boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, and more.”

  • Lake Placid, New York

    Heading to the New York area? Lake Placid, New York, is a choice stop for the holidays. Trips to Discover states, “Nestled in the Adirondacks, Lake Placid has hosted the Olympic Winter Games twice, so you know your odds are good when it comes to snow and winter activities. Visitors can even ride the Lake Placid Toboggan Chut, which was converted from a 30-foot-high ski jump.”

  • New York City, New York

    There’s no city like New York City! Trips to Discover states, “Temperatures may be below freezing, but New York City will be livelier than ever in the winter. Enjoy the scene at Rockefeller Center with its famous ice rink, snow-covered Central Park, and winter markets throughout the season, or visit for larger-than-life holiday attractions, including the Times Square Ball, which drops from a height of 141 feet to mark the New Year.” If you’ve never been to New York City during the holidays, now if your chance.

  • Skaneateles, New York

    Another popular New York holiday destination is Skaneateles. Trips to Discover states, “Set on one of the scenic Finger Lakes in Upstate, the town of Skaneateles has a vibrant downtown with lots of festivities to enjoy during the holidays along with plenty of dining, shopping, and opportunities to sample the local wine.” It offers plenty of skiing, too.

  • Lake Placid, New York

    One more New York destination is Lake Placid. Trips to Discover states, “Nestled in the Adirondacks, Lake Placid has hosted the Olympic Winter Games twice, so you know your odds are good when it comes to snow and winter activities. Visitors can even ride the Lake Placid Toboggan Chut, which was converted from a 30-foot-high ski jump.” Sounds delightful.

  • Source: Trips to Discover

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Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!