Yulefest in the Blue Mountans 2013!
The magical winter time (June, July and August) is Yulefest in the Blue Mountains.
While cold winds blow and the occasional snow falls, experience warm 'Mountains' hospitality, log fires, Xmas fare, sing-alongs and perhaps even Santa. The Blue Mountains is truly a 'Winter Wonderland'.
Like so many eccentricities, Yulefest was born quite by accident. This quirky seasonal anomaly came into being three decades ago at Katoomba’s Mountain Heritage hotel when proprietor, Gary Crockett, was chatting with guests from Eire on a cold July day. One of them noticed the irony, for them, of winter
weather in July. With snow falling outside, he asked if the hotel could perhaps arrange a few Christmas–style food and festivities that evening.
That night Mountain Heritage served turkey and traditional trimmings, Christmas crackers and mince pies by the fire, and Yulefest was born. The following year the hotel declared ‘Christmas in July’ to be a permanent Mountain Heritage event and word spread quickly. By next season, many Mountains guesthouses, B&Bs and resorts had realised the conceptual value for visitors and the regional economy, and organized similar festivities for their own guests.
Within a couple of years Yulefest had become an established winter holiday escape for Blue Mountains visitors.