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Posted on Apr 2, 2017

Plan Now for Christmas in July in the Blue Mountains of Australia

Plan Now for Christmas in July in the Blue Mountains of Australia

No matter where you are from in the world, you have likely heard of “Christmas in July”, but do you know where it originated from? Surprisingly, it isn’t that old of a tradition, as far as Christmas traditions go, and it comes from the Blue Mountains east of Sydney, Australia. The Blue Mountains are located just about a 2 hour drive from Sydney, but it will seem like worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the busy, metropolitan city. You can hire a car from Sydney Budget Australia and that way, you can take a leisurely drive to the Blue Mountains and see all the beautiful surrounds that this region has to offer in addition to celebrating Christmas in July, or Yulefest as the winter-long celebration has now become known as. It is a great event for families and a great way to sneak in an extra Christmas celebration!

Three Sisters

The Origin of Christmas in July

So how does Christmas in July begin in the mountains of Australia? In July of 1980 some vacationers from Ireland were visiting the Blue Mountains and stayed at the Mountain Heritage Hotel. They were relaxing in the hotel by the fire and commented on how it felt just like Christmas time back home with the fire roaring and the snow falling outside. They decided to order turkey, stuffing, and all of the traditional Christmas dinner fixings complete with plum pudding. After dinner, they sang Christmas carols by the fire and the tradition was born! Since then, the hotel and the entire region has carried on the celebrations that are now referred to as Yulefest because they don’t just happen in July, but all winter long.

Things to Do in The Blue Mountains

Winter Magic Festival

If you decide to go to the Blue Mountains to celebrate Christmas in July, you will be in for a treat as the mountains are beautiful year round. During winter, you can experience a host of different celebrations for Yulefest including the Winter Magic Festival, feasts, and look for Winter Yulefest packages. You might even spot Santa! All of the resorts, restaurants, and attractions in the area have embraced the Yulefest celebration and have something going on. Even still, not everything is about Christmas celebrations though because you have the beautiful nature and scenery of the Blue Mountains to celebrate too. The name “Blue Mountains” comes from the blue hue that the eucalyptus trees predominant in the region give off in the sunlight. Among the things to do include:

  • Winter Sports
  • Bush Walking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • The Jenolan Caves
  • ScenicWorld – a must see where you can see the mountains above and the Jamison Valley below from high above everything on the Skyway, Walkway, Railway, or Cableway
  • Blue Mountains National Park – Home to Aboriginal legends and dreamtime stories and amazing sights like the Three Sisters that are all protected thanks to the national park status.


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Images credit (under CCL) by order: feature, Winter Magic Festival, Three Sisters,