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!
>CHECK OUR WINTER AVAILABILITY
All the best for a wonderful Christmas in July!
Many of our guests come to us seeking family accommodation in the Blue Mountains. Often it’s for a parent’s milestone birthday, or sometimes it just for an annual get-together of all the extended family. We love hosting large family groups at Glen Isla. We’ve received some really lovely feedback and testimonials recently from family and friend groups who have enjoyed staying at Glen Isla. Here are just a few things that our guests have had to say about staying with us:
“My extended family and I recently stayed at Glen Isla in wentworth falls and had a wonderful time. We were 8 adults, 4 children and 2 babies and we fit very comfortably in this gorgeous home. We even had a spare room which nobody used. The house is fitted out with the latest technology, a huge DVD library, an amazingly stocked kitchen for all of your cooking, pool table and seriously comfortable beds. This is our second time booking this great house and we hope to be back again!” – Nayana, July 2014 (Stayz)
“We had a wonderful stay at Glen Isla, it was very comfortable like home away from home, child friendly & everything we needed was there. A beautiful setting among the pine trees & close to Leura & Katoomba. Would love to stay again.” – Jan, June 2014 (Stayz)
Virtually all our accommodation dates for the Winter months have been booked out. We have started taking enquiries for Winter next year so if you’d like to experience Glen Isla and the Blue Mountains in the beautiful winter months, please send us a booking request so you can secure your preferred dates. We hate disappointing people who we are unable to accommodate at the last minute so be sure to get in early!
Thanks as always to our wonderful guests for your support in making Glen Isla a very special place for accommodation in the Blue Mountains.
Well Winter is officially upon us! And with the cooler months comes one of the busiest times in the year for us at Glen Isla. All weekends (Friday and Saturday nights) are now fully booked between now and the beginning of September. We do however have quite a few mid-week nights available so if you’re able to stay during the week, please do check our Accommodation Availability Calendar
We were thrilled to take part in the recent Bicentennial Flyover. It was an absolutely stunning day and the view from the skies was just superb. We flew from the Hawkesbury Area up following the highway all the way to Bathurst where we stopped for lunch at the Bathurst Airport. The locals in Bathurst were so hospitable and I got to sample the best scones I think I’ve ever eaten. They were amazing!! On the flight back, we took a slight detour and I managed to get a few shots of Glen Isla from the skies which I’ll be adding to the website shortly.
The gardens at Glen Isla have been covered in lots of beautiful Autumn leaves over the past couple of months. Here’s a shot of our 18 month old daughter Chiara enjoying them!
Last weekend we were excited to add yet another feature to the house for our guests – a pool table! We hope that our future guests at Glen Isla will enjoy it!
Thanks again to all our guests for your support. We have been so grateful for all the lovely reviews.