The Blue Mountains are magical in winter, and Yulefest brings extra festive cheer. Enjoy beautiful mountain valleys wreathed in mist, crackling log fires, spicy mulled wine and traditional roast dinners with all the festive trimmings at a comfortable hotel or restaurant. You may even experience beautiful snowfall and a visit from Santa himself.
Book a table at the iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel, themed in festive finery, and savour a decadent five course Christmas feast at the Wintergarden Restaurant. Enjoy canapes and carols followed by the Gala Yulefest Dinner at The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba or taste the old world ambience of The Palais Royale over a traditional roast.
The kids will be thrilled to receive a gift from Santa inside one of the magical Jenolan Caves while the whole family can enjoy the Yulefest cheer with a festive feast at heritage-listed Jenolan Caves House, complete with Christmas tree and carols. Kids can also decorate their own gingerbread men at The Gingerbread House in Katoomba or join the gourmet festive buffet at the Fairmont Resort in Leura.
The annual Winter Magic Festival lights up the streets of Katoomba on Saturday June 24, bringing the mountain community together for a street parade packed with performers and poets, musicians and market stalls. The kids will love the costumes and music and delicious food, especially the handmade chocolates from the renowned Paragon Cafe.
While you are in the area don’t forget to say hello to The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Katoomba. Take a walk through a winter wonderland and explore one of the many accessible bushwalking trails, which are open all year round.