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Xmas Specials: Betting on a White Christmas and more

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Betting on a white Christmas? Ho ho ho

Christmas is the season of snow, song and, err, TV, so you can bet on them all on Betfair. Here's our guide to the kind of Christmas markets where you won't find candles and Gluvine...

Christmas Day Top TV Programme

"There's loads of good TV this Christmas but which show will come out on top in terms of viewing figures on the big day itself?"

White Christmas

It used to be that you could simply bet yes or no on a white Christmas in the UK. But after many years of "no" winning, Betfair have made things more interesting by offering a range of markets and locations for white Christmas betting.

This means that, while it's 10/1 for a white Christmas at Heathrow Airport (with the temperature an unseasonal 12 degrees in London today it does look unlikely), it's 1/25 that Winnipeg, Canada will see snow on 25 December. The places in between are where you might look to make money: 3/1 on a white Christmas in Aberdeen, for example, or 6/1 in Dundee.

Christmas number one

"So this is Christmas/ And what have you done?" sang John Lennon. Have you had a bet on the Christmas number one, the most coveted chart spot of the year? If not, you better hurry as it's announced today. All you need to know is that Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next", Ava Max's "Sweet But Psycho" and Lad Baby's cover of "We Built This City" are the key contenders bidding to join an august list of previous Xmas number ones which includes last year's winner Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey (of course) and the Beatles.

Christmas Day Top TV Programme

There's loads of good TV this Christmas but which show will come out on top in terms of viewing figures on the big day itself? You can bet on your favourite on the Exchange, where Mrs Brown's Boys [2.5] is the current market jolly. As the price indicates, though, this one's no shoo-in, so could the likes of Call the Midwife [3.2], Strictly Come Dancing [3.7] upset the odds? Have a look at the odds on this intriguing market and see if you fancy getting involved. Also, bear in mind that if you do bet against the current favourite, you'll be increasing your chances of a winning event by not watching it. Win-win.

Max Liu,

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