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Friday 23 June 2017

Christmas in July and August in the Blue Mountains

There are a lot of people for whom it doesn't seem right to celebrate Christmas on the beach, or beside a swimming pool. 

Usually British, or European-born, they are scornful about prawns and beer; demanding a traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, along with brisk winds and maybe the odd flurry of snow. 

That's how Yulefest came about; an Australian celebration of all things Christmasy when it really is winter Down Under. 

This weekend marks the start of the Blue Mountains’ annual Yulefest, and while the stiff breezes are blowing and sleet threatening there’s no better place to be than beside the log fire in the lovely surrounds of Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel.

To celebrate the reverse season, Fairmont Resort is set to host lavish Yulefest feasts each weekend from June 24 to August 12. 

The newly refurbed Jamison’s Restaurant will be transformed "into a winter wonderland" with a roaring fire, festive feast, storybook scenery, and even the occasional snowflake. Come dinner time guests can craft their own menu from an extensive gourmet buffet, complete with festive favourites such as roast carvery dishes and desserts.

Taking things beyond parody into a world of Hansonesque absurdity, Fairmont Resort will also welcome special guest Santa Claus, "who will pay the children a visit and wish all a merry Yulefest".

I wonder if you can pay him to stay away? 
Friday and Saturday Yulefest dinners cost $92 per adult, $49 per teen (13-17) and $29 per child (5-12). Kids under four eat free. Bookings are essential. 

For those that want to extend the Yuletide cheer, the resort is offering a Bed and Breakfast package from $339 per night which includes overnight accommodation for two adults and adults and two children, plus buffet breakfast the following morning.

For more information visit, call (02)  4785 0000 or email

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