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Thursday 5 July 2018

Yulefest: a taste of Christmas in July and August

The Blue Mountains, just a short drive from downtown Sydney, does winter in style with opera performances, fine dining, the intimacy of crackling fireplaces and even the possibility of snow-dusted landscapes. 

Yulefest, the Christmas in July festival, means guests are welcomed into Escarpment Group boutique hotels for warming drinks, fireside dining and entertainment. 

Hotels involved in the festivities include the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath and Lilianfels Resort and Spa. 

At the Hydro Majestic, enjoy a five-course degustation experience in the elegant Wintergarden Restaurant overlooking the Megalong Valley.

Alternatively, nibble on delicate finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with homemade jam and fresh clotted cream, and a selection of Yulefest sweet treats beside a cosy fireplace at Lilianfels. 
The Yulefest experience includes degustation dinners each Friday and Saturday throughout July in the historic Darley’s Restaurant on the Lilianfels property, as well as in the adjacent Echoes Restaurant and the Wintergarden Restaurant at the Hydro Majestic.

Escarpment Group guest services manager Meagan Iervasi encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere by timing their Blue Mountains winter escape to coincide with an event.

"Yulefest in the Blue Mountains offers the European-style atmosphere people associate with Christmas – a chilly landscape outside and cosyness inside with roaring fires, hot food and drinks, traditional decorations and festive music, but without the stress and frosty relatives. Sometimes there’s even snow."

The winter events range from rock concerts to opera performances and music evenings. 

On August 25, the Hydro Express vintage train returns to the Blue Mountains. Travel from Central Station in Sydney aboard a heritage train hauled by restored 1950s diesel locomotive 4201. 

After a scenic two-hour rail journey to the Blue Mountains, be guided to the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel for a luxe afternoon high tea.

Go to or phone (02) 4780 1200 for more information about accommodation packages, dining options and events.

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