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!
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!
Winter time is the most popular time of the year for the Blue Mountains with Christmas in July & Yulefest celebrations attracting a huge amount of tourists to the Blue Mountains. Many of our guests at Glen Isla enjoy celebrating Christmas in July by soaking up the beautiful atmosphere in our gardens and then relaxing with friends and family next to the warm fire with a glass of wine. Although we do have ducted heating throughout the house, there’s nothing quite like having a nice fire going so we’ve kept our old fireplace in the living room for those chilly winter nights. You’ll also enjoy snuggling up in our comfy beds with electric blankets.
All of our weekends for the Winter months have now been booked, however we do have availability for mid-week stays so please contact us via the booking form to enquire about availabilities and rates. If you’re already booked to enjoy Winter with us at Glen Isla, you’ll be glad to hear there are lots of planned local activities for you to enjoy. Here are just a few:
Blue Mountains Christmas in July Events 2014
- 2 – 30 July – Kids can meet Santa inside Jenolan caves. Also on Saturday and Wednesday nights throughout July, Chisolm’s restaurant will service festive fare. Visit www.jenolancaves.org.au for more information
- 1 Jun – 31st Aug – Explore the Winter Wonderland of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden on a self guided trail.
- 21st Jun – Winter Magic Festival. Enjoy a fun festival of local artists, musicians, dancers and dummers. The theme for the grand parade this year is ‘Phoenix Dreaming’.
Whatever you plan to do in the Blue Mountains this Winter, we hope that you enjoy your Christmas in July Yulefest celebrations at Glen Isla!
Christmas in July Yulefest in the Blue Mountains is a very popular activity every June to August. It is one of the busiest times to visit the Blue Mountains but as most Australians don’t get to experience European-style winter Christmas in December. Celebrating Christmas in July in the Winter period is a beautiful way to experience the Blue Mountains. Warming up next to our cozy log fire is a great way to relax with family and friends. There’s lots to do here in the Blue Mountains for Yulefest!
Here are our tips on some of the top things to do in the Blue Mountains for Yulefest:
- Cook a turkey in our fully equipped kitchen. Dine with 10 of your closest friends and family at our large dining table, then curl up on our cozy lounges next to the log fireplace for a night cap.
- Have a laugh at The Goon Show in Katoomba
- Join the locals in June for the annual Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival. Each year on the Saturday closest to Winter Solstice, Katoomba comes alive with a vibrant parade of jugglers, gymnasts, musicians, dancers, choirs, troubadours, buskers, storytellers and poets. There are also markets and unique Blue Mountains experiences, including a Christmas feast aboard the puffing Zig Zag Railway. This year the Winter Magic festival will be held on the 22nd June 2013.
With the tinsel and turkey, crisp days and storybook scenery, it’s easy to see why in the Blue Mountains, Christmas comes early.