A Look Back On NYC’s Last 5 Snowy Decembers

Brianna Perry Brianna Perry


Believe it or not the last time New York City experienced a white Christmas was a long 12 years ago. That’s right, 2009 was the last time our dreams of a white Christmas actually came true.

This year the halls are decked, the presents are wrapped, and while we were surprised waking up to a winter wonderland this Christmas Eve, sadly it looks like some late night rain is going to wash it away overnight. So this year we’re transporting you back to some of NYC’s past snowy Decembers to help get you into the Christmas spirit.

December 2016

December 2016 had one of the coldest days recorded in December in 7 years, but that unfortunately still wasn’t enough to give us a white Christmas. NYC did see some snow a couple of weeks before Christmas though, so we at least got half of the song right.

December 2017

December 2017 showed New Yorkers 4 separate days of snowfall. Unfortunately, none of those snowy days landed on the 25th, but we still were able to get a look at the city’s Christmas decor in all of its snowy glory.

December 2018

NYC in 2018 saw a scarce amount of snowfall, but in true New York fashion city dwellers didn’t miss the opportunity to snap a few photos mid-snowfall while they had the chance.

December 2019

In 2019 NYC saw about an inch and a half of snowfall in early December. So while it wasn’t late enough in the month to give us a white Christmas Day, it did give us all an opportunity to photograph a picturesque Christmas season in NYC.

December 2020

2020 arguably didn’t go the way we would have liked it to in any sense, including giving us a white Christmas. NYC did get hit with a nor’easter a few days before Christmas though, giving us its greatest snowfall in 10 years.

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