It’s hard to believe that Christmas has almost arrived. This year, as well as every year, the Blue Mountains will be a wonderful place to spend the Christmas holidays. Here are just a few of the fantastic events planned for the Blue Mountains for Christmas 2015:
- Christmas Twilight Markets – Penrith
Enjoy some Christmas shopping at the Christmas Twilight Markets in Penrith. There will be a wide variety of stalls. The markets will run every Friday and Saturday night from Fri 13th November up until Christmas Eve.
When: Fri/Sat nights (13 Nov – 24 Dec 2015)
Where: Pop up park, High Street Penrith
- Springwood Late Night Shopping
Springwood Village will come alive for some late night shopping. Meet up with friends and soak up some festive Christmas spirit! There will be Christmas stalls, activities for the kids, carol singing and lots of entertainment.
When: Thurs 10 Dec 2015. 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Macquarie Rd, Springwood
- Santa Arrives by Steam Train
Say hi to Santa and his elf as they arrive aboard the historic Sydney Steam Train. Catch the action at 11am or 2pm on the special open day. The admission fees include unlimited steam train rides and a free gift for the kids.
When: Saturday 12th December 2015
Where: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
17B Tusculum Road
Cost: Adult $14, Conc. $12, School Student $10 (Children 4 and under are FREE), Family: $45 (2 Adults, 2 Children or 1 Adult, 4 Children).
- Wentworth Falls Christmas in the Park
Join in the Christmas celebrations with carols, a puppet show, supper and a sausage sizzle.
When: Sunday 13 December 2015, 5 – 7pm.
Where: Holy Trinity Anglican Church Wentworth Falls
Merry Christmas from All of Us at Glen Isla
For me personally, Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. Despite the stress that comes with gift-buying and getting organised for the holidays, it’s also an important time to reflect on the year that has come and gone, and the importance of family. 2015 has been an absolutely fantastic year for us at Glen Isla. We have hosted many wonderful groups who we look forward to seeing again soon. One of my favourite things about the house is how many people contact me afterwards and tell me how Glen Isla helped bring families together from all over Australia (and sometimes from overseas too!). Whether it’s for a milestone birthday celebration, a wedding, or just because it’s been a long time, the house is a wonderful location to make memories. Lets face it – life is short – we need to do all those things we want to do while we can, and make sure that those we love know it!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support again this year. Every year the popularity of the house seems to grow which is such a welcome surprise. When we bought the house in early 2013 and set about turning it into an accommodation venue, we never dreamed that we could achieve the amount of success we have. The icing on the cake for us this year was winning our award at the Blue Mountains Business Awards. Thank you to everyone who has helped us achieve this. We look forward to what 2016 has in store!
Very best wishes from our family to yours.
I’m so excited to announce that we are a finalist in the Blue Mountains Business Awards 2015. We are finalists in 2 categories which is such a wonderful honour! I would like to thank everyone for their support in voting for us. We are now nervously awaiting the official gala dinner on October 23 to find out who the winners are. We are crossing our fingers, eyes and toes that we might win at least one category although there are so many wonderful businesses in the area. Fingers crossed!
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We also invite all our guests to tag us #glenislabluemtns or @glenislabluemtns for the chance to have your images featured on our website.
We’re excited to be nominated for the Blue Mountains People’s Choice Award for 2015. The Awards are hosted by the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber and have categories celebrating the best businesses in the Blue Mountains. The People’s Choice Award is the only category which is open to voting so we would REALLY appreciate your support. You can find the link to vote for us here:
You will need to confirm your vote by clicking the link on the email sent to you.
The 10 businesses that receive the most votes will become finalists. Entries close next week so get busy 🙂
We really appreciate your support!
Snow in the Blue Mountains does happen occasionally, but not very often. Although the weather gets quite cold in the Winter, in the 3 years since we’ve owned Glen Isla we had yet to see snow there – until this year! In July, we woke to the news that Wentworth Falls and the Upper Blue Mountains had been blanketed in snow. The roads were closed temporarily but reopened by the afternoon so none of our guests’ plans were interrupted.
Our wonderful cleaner managed to get to the house in her 4×4 and was able to get these photographs for us. The house sure does look beautiful with snow in the garden!
The Blue Mountains is famous for its’ gorgeous natural beauty, but another big drawcard is the annual Christmas in July Yulefest. Our Xmas season, although special in its own way, isn’t what most people think of when they think of Christmas. Being in the hot Australian summer, our traditional holiday season is more about lazy days by the pool or beach, outdoor BBQs, and backyard cricket with the family. If you’re craving a more northern hemisphere style of Christmas celebration, then the Blue Mountains Yulefest Christmas in July celebrations might just be the ticket.
The winter months of June, July and August are peak season here in the Blue Mountains. Many of the local restaurants and establishments hold Christmas celebrations complete with Santa, log fires and if you’re lucky the occasional snow fall. Last year some of our July guests were fortunate enough to experience some snow while staying at Glen Isla. A truly spectacular sight.
Here are a list of our pick of the top events on for the Blue Mountains Yulefest 2015:
Winter Magic Festival – 20th June 2015
When: 20 Jun 2015
Winter Magic is the Blue Mountain’s highest profile and most anticipated annual event. During the event, the main street of Katoomba is closed to cars and opened to pedestrians only allowing it to become a performance space. The streets are lines with market stalls and artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs, stalls and community take over one of Australia’s most famous towns.
More info: www.wintermagic.com.au
The Goon Show Yulefest 2015
Based on original BBC broadcasts starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers & Harry Secombe, the shows include original scripts & unique sound effects engineered especially for you. If you love British comedy, yule LOVE The Goon Show LIVE!
Kids meet Santa inside a cave & grownups enjoy that Christmas feeling. The Caves also host a special Yulefest menu on Friday and Saturday nights in July which include a glass of wine with each course and a Christmas gift.
More information: www.jenolancaves.com.au
Our weekend bookings for the Winter Season are going fast so if you’d like to spend Yulefest 2015 in style at Glen Isla, be sure to contact us ASAP!
Happy New Year to everyone! We hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and the holiday season. We have been very busy over the past few weeks taking lots of bookings for the coming year. We often find over the summer holidays, families get together to plan out their big get-togethers for the rest of the year resulting in lots of bookings for us at Glen Isla. Glen Isla is a very popular venue for family groups coming together to celebrate a special occasion such as a parent’s milestone birthday. It’s lovely that the house can host so many unforgettable memories for our guests.
Over the break, our next door neighbour’s tree was struck by lightening. It was apparently a most incredible sight!! The tree has virtually exploded and the trunk twisted around from the energy of the strike. Unfortunately it has resulted in lots of debris and branches being strewn in our garden which our wonderful gardener has been working hard to fix. For the time-being, one corner of the garden has been taped off for our guests safety until the large branches can be cut up and removed from the site. We are sorry to our guests for the inconvenience.
Our vacancies are filling fast for the reminder of the year so to secure your preferred dates, please do get in touch with us ASAP!
Best wishes for 2015 everyone!