Friday, May 11, 2012

Yulefest magic in the mountains

Toasty fires, roast dinners and puddings, decorations and Santa: it may not be Christmas just yet, but in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region it's all about the winter wonderland! The magical Yulefest celebrations see this unique landscape transformed into an icy winter retreat as the many great hotels, motor inns and guest houses,restaurants and cafes become warm havens with roaring fires, hearty meals and hot drinks to retreat from the chill.

The history of Yulefest in the Blue Mountains goes back about 30 years to a small group of Irish visitors relaxing in front of a fire after enjoying the crisp, clear winter climate. They commented on how the conditions and atmosphere reminded them of Christmas celebrations back home so a savvy hotelier offered to re-create a similar festive atmosphere and meal for his nostalgic Celtic guests. That first Yulefest was a hit. Word spread throughout the region and before long, St Nick was doing the rounds twice a year.

Mountain Heritage Hotel and Spa Retreat, Katoomba is popularly regarded as the ``Home of Yulefest’’ in the region, and this year the hotel will be having celebrations on Saturday June 30th and July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Pre-dinner drinks will be served from 6pm in the lounge followed by a five-course dinner and entertainment, a visit by Santa, a souvenir photo and after dinner treats. It's a special experience that locals and visitors alike all love. 

Cost: $149 adults, $66 children (5 – 12 years), $15 children (0 – 4 years). Accommodation packages available. For bookings and details email or phone (+61) 2 4782 2155.

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