Winter Magic Festival
Each year Katoomba becomes a wonderland of musicians, dancers, poets, and other performers during the Winter Magic Festival. This absorbing mixture of family-friendly, amusing entertainment transforms the Blue Mountains in New South Wales into a wonderful event to center a holiday around.
General InformationThe date for the 2015 Winter Magic Festival has yet to be confirmed, but will be close after the winter solstice, as the festival itself is a celebration of that day. During this event, Katoomba’s main street closes to motor vehicles of all kinds to create an atmosphere of performance space. Streets lined with market stalls provide ample opportunity for visitors to shop and see the local culture. The Winter Magic Festival is free, but some of the events may cost for participation.
The Grand ParadeThe Grand Parade begins at the intersection of Waratah and Lurline Streets and kicks of promptly at 11:30 a.m. Consisting of only people participants, there are no floats or motorized vehicles in the parade at all. Many local groups play a part in the parade, but anyone can join in. Individuals of families may apply and become part of the over 500 walkers in this event. Parade coordinators suggest colourful costumes that are fun and warm along with noise-makers and other musical instruments.
Applications for 2015’s Winter Magic Festival are now open! There is sure to be a nice variety of talented performers on tap for the day. Past performers from past years include:
- 100 Drums
- The Kitchen Floor Party
- Blue Mountains City Band
- Bonnie Dune
- Ghosts Train
- Paper and String
- King Brown
With this type of talent in past years, it is a sure to be an indicator of what’s in store for 2015!
About the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains region in New South Wales is a stunning environment year round. These mountains get their name from the dense population of Eucalyptus trees that release tiny drops of oil that mix with water and dust to create the blue haze surrounding the mountains. The Greater Blue Mountains joined the World Heritage List in 2007 as one of the world’s greatest places.
Katoomba is home to the Winter Magic Festival and is the most popular destination in the Blue Mountains for good reason. The area surrounding Katoomba is a natural wonder and offers a plethora of activity. Visitors will enjoy a scenic ride through the mountains on a Scenic Railway tour or a hike to one of the several popular lookouts in the area.
In historical Katoomba, visitors delve into the past at the Explorers Marked Tree where original explorers carved their names into a tree or visit convicts’ graves or a church service on Pulpit Hill.
Accommodation in Katoomba
With so much to do besides the Winter Magic Festival, travellers should consider making a holiday of their Katoomba visit. Choosing a holiday rental offers many perks and amenities. These private residences offer quiet, separate sleeping areas, a fully functioning kitchen, and ample room for guests to relax. Many nearby rentals are quaint bungalows or mountain cottages that will feel like home.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of July 29th 2014