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Christmas in July

Christmas in July in Sydney and Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

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santa on sydney harbourThe 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 new month?

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 Details of who is doing what are still a little scarce so be careful if you look elsewhere as some of details are out of date (e.g. last years) and in some cases it has been cancelled but the postings for it haven't.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 decided:

Xmas 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.

Cool Yule

Support your right to Christmas in July or it may retreat back up the Blue Mountains from whence it came.

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Cruise

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.

Captain Cook

High Tea on land

If you aren't all that keen on High Tea afloat you could just 'High Tea' it on land.

High Tea in Sydney


El’Circo Blanc - 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 not.

El’Circo Blanc



Yulefest in Sydney

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.

Blue Mountains Kangaroos

 Kangaroos  in Australia(Hey! it's my turn to pull the sleigh!)

Reindeer 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.

Blue Mountains Heritage listed National Park

The 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.

Where to go? What to see?

The 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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