Winter 2018 in the Blue Mountains

Autumn and Winter are magical times in the Blue Mountains

Enjoy the vast natural beauty of the mountains, the wonderful gourmet food and wine of the region, and the cozy nights by the wood fire with a hot drink and a good book.

Caribay Hotel is the perfect respite for pure relaxation.

What’s on during Winter in the Blue Mountains 2018

Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba – Saturday 22nd June 2018

The Winter Magic Festival is a free, annual community event, celebrated around the Winter solstice in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. The Winter Solstice in 2016 (Yule) falls on June 21st, 8:34 am AEST.

Winter Magic is the Blue Mountain’s highest-profile and most anticipated annual event. The Blue Mountains is NSW inaugural City of the Arts and Katoomba is the heart of that city. It is the weekend when artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs, stalls and community take over one of Australia’s most famous towns.

During the event, the main street of Katoomba is closed to motor traffic and open to pedestrian traffic. This allows the whole town to become a performance space. The streets are lined with market stalls and everybody who attends is encouraged to dress in costume.

Unlike many Festivals run by Chambers of Commerce and Councils, this event is run by community volunteers. It has a strong local focus and very wide general appeal. The setting is a town sitting on a narrow ridge and bound north and south by a World Heritage-listed National Park.

The festival itself is free, however, some activities charge a fee.

The Changing of the autumn leaves