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Winter Magic in Katoomba

Most folk would hide away over Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year; but not the fine people of Katoomba! Join them for a weekend of markets, music and merriment.

Katoomba Winter Magic Festival_MUST CREDIT_David Mapletoft 2011.jpgImage: David Mapletoft, 2011

Drop everything – the most anticipated event in the Mountains, Winter Magic Festival, is upon us!

  • THE 2020 WINTER MAGIC FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED, BUT EXPECT AN AMAZING CELEBRATION IN 2021!
  • Totally free
  • Market stalls and musicians and performers, oh my!
  • BYO costume. Seriously.

As tempting as it may be to hide away on the darkest, shortest weekend of the year; we have something even more scrumptious for you! The fine people of Katoomba know how to embrace life in all its facets, so they close down their city’s main road for a day and line it with quirky market stalls, food trucks, roving performers, musical stages and artists to celebrate the wonder and whimsy that comes with winter months.

The theme for is Rejuvination, celebrating the resilient spirit of the fine mountain folk who have made it through a summermarked by fire and flood. Less than two hours by train from Sydney, come join this beautiful community in celebrating bouncing back with music, dance, food and so much more!

The road is closed to vehicles, and with an expected 50,000 visitors it’s a bloody good idea at that! Come prepared to eat, drink, laugh, wander and wonder - what else could you ask for in a cheeky weekender?

Blue Mountains YHA

Where will I snooze?

Never fear - we know a place. The heritage-listed Blue Mountains YHA is smack-bang in the middle of the action, right on the main street so you can stumble on back to your room when you’re full of artisanal treats (and/or mulled wine) to rest and rejuvenate before heading out and exploring even further. With Multishare beds from $25 and Private Rooms from $80, there’s a bed perfect for you and your budget! Click here to book, and thank us later. 

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