21 May 2013
Is there any better place in NSW to embrace winter than in the charming town of Katoomba? Located in the heart of the majestic and scenic Blue Mountains, Katoomba is one of Australia’s most well-known towns – and its famous winter festival is a great opportunity to welcome a new season.
Taking place on June 22, the Katoomba Winter Magic Festival offers up something for everyone – including plenty of surprises! This family-friendly event is a true celebration of the arts, and with so many great attractions to take in, you will be treated to a stunning feast of the senses.
Artists, musicians, dancers, clowns, pantomime artists, choirs and drummers descend on Katoomba for this exciting event, which cements the town’s place as the artistic capital of the state.
You’ll find no shortage of family-friendly activities, attractions and lots of surprises to enjoy during the festival – the biggest event on Katoomba’s social calendar.
ArtStreet, for example, is a local exhibition of community art, while more than 500 people turn out each year to march in the Grand Parade, which is always a festival highlight.
Elsewhere, make sure you sample the delicious food and drink or browse your way through the market stalls – you are sure to find something for everyone!
It is important to note that while the festival itself is free, there may be some attractions or events that charge admission. Of course, chilly weather means you should also pack some of your warmest and most colourful winter clothes so you can make the most of the festival atmosphere.
The main street of Katoomba is closed to traffic during the festival – if you are driving to the Blue Mountains, it is wise to park your car in one of the other villages, such as Lithgow, Blackheath and Medlow Bath. A number of transportation options are available to get you to the venue itself – shuttle buses run frequently and you can even take a ride on a heritage steam train in a nod to the area’s rich history.