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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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
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!
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All the best for a wonderful Christmas in July!
Blue Mountains National Park
Blue Mountains National Park is a world famous 662,000 acre national park located 80 kilometres west of Sydney. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000 in recognition of its cultural and geographic significance.
The Blue Mountains National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia. Most tourists visiting Sydney make the journey west to see the park from one of the scenic lookouts between Wentworth Falls and Blackheath.
The most popular destination in the national park is the Three Sisters – a spectacular rock formation of three “sisters”, each being several hundred metres tall.
Things to do in the Blue Mountains National Park
The Blue Mountains are also famous for short walks, waterfalls, overnight and longer walks and activities such as canyoning, abseiling, rock climbing and mountain biking. Here is a list of our top recommended things to do in the Blue Mountains
- Get your adrenaline pumping by experiencing some of the great adventure activities on offer in the Blue Mountains National Park. Some of the activities on offer include horseriding, mountain biking, caving, rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing. You can do these on your own or as part of a tour.
- Experience all the beauty of the region by going on a short (or long!) bushwalk. There are lots of tracks to explore ranging from easy and accessible paths, to long and difficult treks taking several days. You can also find lots of lakes, swimming holes, waterfalls, caves and much more.
- Scenic World in Katoomba is an historic icon in the region (and one of my most favourite places to visit as a child!). The Scenic Railway (the steepest railway in the world), Cableway, Skyway and Walkway offer wonderful ways to experience the unique beauty of the region.
If you’re visiting Blue Mountains National Park, the best place to stay for groups of up to 12 is Glen Isla! Glen Isla is located in Wentworth Falls, only 200 metres from the escarpment and the beginning of some of the best walking tracks in the region. We are also only a short 10 minute drive from the Three Sisters, Katoomba and Leura. Be sure to check out our availability calendar and book in early as our dates (particularly during the peak Winter months) are very popular!