Christmas in July in the Blue Mountains is almost here for 2016!  It’s the most popular time in the year in Blue Mountains – the cool weather and chance of snow brings with it the prospect of Christmas celebrations – log fires, roast dinners, and the many fantastic Yulefest activities on offer in the region.

The History of Christmas in July

Over 20 years ago, some locals decided that they wanted to celebrate Christmas northern hemisphere style!  The cozy Winter months in the Mountains became the perfect backdrop for some fantastic celebrations.  Word soon spread and now Yulefest is by far the most popular time if year for guests to visit the Blue Mountains and to soak up the wintery Christmas atmosphere.


What’s on – Christmas in July in the Blue Mountains 2016

  1. The Goon Show – it’s 4th year at Yulefest in the Mountains.  Each year the show features hilarious British comedy classics by Spike Milligan paired with a special Christmas in July menu.  This year will be ‘The International Christmas Pudding’ episode.
    WHEN?:  Every Saturday in July, 2016 at 6:30pm plus an Afternoon Tea show on Sunday 24th July 2016
    WHERE?: Hotel Blue, Katoomba
    HOW MUCH?:$135 each (incl dinner) or $999 for groups of 8.
    FIND OUT MORE: http://thegoonshow.com.au
  2. Yulefest at Jenolan Caves – Jenolan Caves are celebrating Christmas in July again this year.  On Friday and Saturday nights throughout July, Chisolm’s Restaurant will serve Christmas fare.  Adult diners will receive a small Christmas gift and kids will receive the best gift of all – Santa inside one of their famous caves at 5:30pm.Christmas in July Blue Mountains 2016

    WHEN?:  Every Friday & Saturday evening in July.  Santa will be in the cave at 5:30pm.
    WHERE?: Jenolan Caves
    HOW MUCH?:$95 per adult for dinner and gift, $45 per child including Santa visit and gift
    FIND OUT MORE: http://www.jenolancaves.org.au

  3. Winter Magic Festival Grand Parade  – in it’s 23rd year, the Winter Magic Festival is set to draw record numbers of visitors to the area.  Each year, the Grand Parade is held in Katoomba, when the main street is closed to traffic and becomes a performance space for over 500 artists, acrobats, musicians, dancers, choirs and much more.  The streets will also be lined with market stalls.  Everyone is encouraged to dress in a colourful costume to make the event even more special.  The theme this year is ‘where the magic things are’.
    WHEN?:  Saturday 18th June 2016
    WHERE?: The parade starts from the intersections of Waratah and Lurline Sts, Katoomba at 11:30am
    HOW MUCH?: Free!
    FIND OUT MORE: http://www.wintermagic.com.au


Award Winning Self Contained Accommodation for Christmas in July
Christmas in July Blue Mountains 2016 accommodation

Regardless of the time of year, the Blue Mountains is a special place to visit with friends or family.  ‘Glen Isla’ is an award winning historic weatherboard icon which can accommodate up to 12 people.  Our availability for the busy Winter months is rapidly booking up so be sure to check our availability calendar and get in touch to secure your chosen dates!

All the best for a wonderful Christmas in July!


Amy xx