July in Sydney and Yulefest in the Blue Mountains
idea for "Christmas in July" supposedly came from the Blue Mountains.
European visitors who were missing winter back home. From this sentiment
came a string of hotels and restaurants all rushing around to recreate
a Christmas that Europeans would recognise and savour. Whether this works
as a good substitute is hard to say but it has certainly become popular
with hoteliers and traders in the Blue Mountains and has spread its way
down to Sydney. So we say Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Xmas everybody! And a happy
Where in Sydney
is Christmas in July being celebrated?
What an excellent
question! Details of
who is doing what are still a little scarce so be careful if you look
elsewhere as some of details are out of date (e.g. last years) and in
some cases it has been cancelled but the postings for it haven't.
Balmain and Rozelle
- 14th July - 17th July
Christmas in Balmain
and Rozelle appears to be going ahead with its Yulefest bash and has history
of doing so it probably will happen, what and when still appears to be
in Balmain and Rozelle
Cool Yule - Darling Harbour
- Friday, 13th June to Sunday, 13th July
Ok, I know it's not
called Christmas but there is a Yule in the name (short for Yuletide I
believe) and we are promised a 'winter wonderland' including ice-skating,
icebergs, ice-carvings and lots of cool yule fun. The other thing you
might be thinking is yeah, 'but it starts in June' which you have got
me on but hey, Octoberfest starts in September and Christmas comes but
once a year... Follow the link below for more on Cool Yule.
Support your right
to Christmas in July or it may retreat back up the Blue
Mountains from whence it came.
Captain Cook cruises
attempts to conjure up a little bit of the old magic of a July Xmas with
a 'High Tea' of treats, pink bubbles and Sydney Harbour views.
High Tea on land
If you aren't all
that keen on High Tea afloat you could just 'High Tea' it on land.
Tea in Sydney
- Slide, 41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst - Wednesdays in June and July
Circo is Circus in
Spanish, but don't worry about that, it's all Europe now so the show is
a Russian Winter fairy-tale with the flavour of Parisian cabaret. Added
to that, you can look forward to 'aerial acts, illusion and soaring vocal
prowess'. “An average night out this is not” to quote the
SMH. You also get a nice feed which will presumably continue on the European
theme so an English style Christmas Dinner would kind of work, or maybe
Christmas in July?
In the Blue Mountains it's Christmas everyday! Well every day from June...more
likely July to August. Up here it's known as 'Yulefest' and it's the second
best reason to visit (after the mountains themselves of course).
If you've never experienced
'Yulefest' then you're in for a Christmas treat. Many of the region's
guesthouses, hotels, motels, resorts and restaurants provide all the treats,
and trappings, of a traditional northern hemisphere Christmas. We are
talking turkey here folks along with ham and chicken and stuffing and
the cranberry sauce and the Christmas pudding. This is an enlarging experience.
All this food is
accompanied by live entertainment, from carols around the piano, to live
shows, group dancing and bush bands. Oddly perhaps, but Yulefest appears
to be mostly aimed at adults. This may change over time of course, (we
give it about five months :) but if you were thinking of taking your kids
up the mountains to meet Santa like we were, well, you might want to reconsider.
it's my turn to pull the sleigh!)
can be a little hard to find in Australia, even in the Blue Mountains,
but kangaroos are a close approximation in a bouncy kind of way.
Mountains Heritage listed National Park
beauty of the wilderness of the Blue Mountains Heritage listed National
Park scenery is the main attraction for most so to be able to experience
it with tiny bit of Christmas thrown in is the icing on the cake. Open
fires, traditional Christmas fare and winter warming drinks all help to
make July in the Mountains a magical experience.
to go? What to see?
Goon Show, Jenolan Caves, Leura Gardens, Carrington Hotel are just some
of the many activities and places that celebrate Yulefest but this is
far from a comprehensive list and it changes each year. Our suggestion,
just go and have a great Yulefest.
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