Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival, Blue Mountains, NSW
In the Blue Mountains you don't have to wait until December for Christmas cheer. Every year from June to August, thousands of people flock here for Yulefest - roaring fires, roast dinners, sing-alongs and the occasional snowfall. Enjoy a sumptuous Christmas feast at the grand old Katoomba guesthouse where Yulefest began. Sing carols around the piano in Leura, meet Santa in front of a roaring fire in Mount Victoria or have a romantic candlelit dinner in Blackheath.
It all started in 1980, when a group of Irish guests saw snowflakes and got nostalgic about a cold Christmas with all the trimmings. Their one-off dinner spawned a winter tradition that has been warmly embraced by guesthouses, hotels, resorts and restaurants across the region.