Yulefest in the Blue Mountains
With its high elevation, cool temperatures and even the occasional snowfall, winter is a magical time in the Blue Mountains, channelling the festive spirit of a traditional European Christmas. As soft mist swirls around the rugged sandstone cliffs, warm up before a crackling fire with a glass of spicy mulled wine or enjoy a roast dinner feast at one of the mountains’ atmospheric hotels or restaurants as you celebrate Christmas in July!
Dining with Santa
The Mountains’ grandest hotels are transformed during Yulefest with Christmas trees, fairy lights and visits from the man in red. Savour a decadent five-course Christmas-themed feast at the Wintergarden Restaurant in the iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel; or enjoy drinks and canapes at a gala Yulefest dinner at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba.
The family-friendly Fairmont Resort & Spa also offers winter festivities, with a Yulefest Christmas buffet, a roaring fire and a new ice skating rink to open in 2021.
You’ll 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 Chisolm’s Restaurant in heritage-listed Jenolan Caves House, complete with Christmas tree and carols.
The annual Winter Magic Festival lights up the streets of Katoomba in June, bringing the community together for a parade packed with performers, musicians and market stalls. The kids will love the costumes and delicious food supplied from local cafes and eateries.
Check out the vibrant events calendar for more festive cheer. You will also find a range of accommodation near spectacular attractions, including luxury resort options.
For a great road trip, the Greater Blue Mountains Drive is an awesome series of routes that takes you from natural wonders to wineries and country markets. The drive from Sydney to Katoomba is 90min, and trains regularly depart from Central Station. There are also local buses in the Blue Mountains that stop at spectacular attractions, information points and accommodation.