The Best Places To Celebrate Christmas In July In Sydney 2020

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Snow falling softly outside, mistletoe hung from the rafters and a cosy fireplace with carols playing in the background... it's the picture-perfect Christmas setting that Australians only get to see in movies filmed north of the equator.

Although we love our warm Decembers Down Under, why not bring the festivities to Sydney's winter with a taste of Christmas in July – added local fun included!

Blue Mountains Yulefest

Yulefest is the annual Christmas in July celebration that began over 20 years ago in the Blue Mountains. The tradition continues every year with many of the regions most loved locations embracing the festive spirit. 

One of our favourite out-of-town family-friendly destinations is The Fairmont Resort - and it doesn't skimp on luxury in July! It transforms into a winter wonderland during their Yulefest, complete with roaring fires, storybook scenery and even occasional snowfall. A big highlight is the festive Yulefest Dinner at Jamison's View Restaurant on Saturday evenings throughout July. The three-course meal includes seafood, traditional roast turkey with rustic veg and accompaniments, plum pudding and pavlova, plus complimentary dessert wine, tea or coffee. Don't forget to book! Adults $99; Teen (12-17) $52; Child (5-11) $29; Children 4 and under free. 

Find more of the Best Yulefest Events In The Blue Mountains 2020.

Have A Cruisey Christmas In July

Sail away on 'Christmas Day' with a three-hour Vagabond Christmas In July Cruise, complete with a delicious buffet of seafood and carvery and traditional Xmas pudding with coffee & tea, plus Xmas décor and bon bons, live music and the stunning Sydney Harbour backdrop – all from just $70/adult and $50/child or $225 for a family of four. Under 5s are FREE. Wear your best (ugliest!) Christmas swater for a chance to win great prizes. Bookings essential. 

Roast With All The Trimmings

The Duke of Clarence

Nothing says winter or Christmas in July better than a roast with all the extras! We love Four In Hand's $25 Sunday roast with all the trimmings. The Woolwich Pier Hotel also has a Sunday roast for $30 - pork belly and crackling with roast vegetables, pumpkin mash, apple purée, Yorkies & gravy and The Tavern at The Duke of Clarence in the CBD has a much-lauded award-winning Sunday roast offering of beef, pork or lamb with the lot!

Check out our guide to Sydney's best roasts.

taphouse darlo christmas in july

Paddington's legendary Lord Dudley has a delicious Sunday roast - your choice of lamb or pork with all the sides for $25 - and are adding a special Christmas in July menu for lunch and dinner.

Down at the Rocks, the Tap Rooms hosts a Christmas feast for lunch & dinner every day in July, designed specially by their Head Chef, with a glass of mulled wine or schmiddy to start and dessert to finish.

The Taphouse in Darlinghurst transforms into a Christmas wonderland all July with a three-course roast lunch or dinner, drinks, Christmas crackers and house-mulled cider on arrival.

From 24th to 26th July, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel will transform their Sunset Room into a Winter Wonderland for Christmas In July with a 3-course feast and 2 hours of bottomless drinks. We hear that Santa might make an appearance! 

Bottomless Watsons Christmas

Experience A Magic Winter Festival

Many of Sydney's fantastic winter festivals will not be happening, but if you want to venture beyond the city you'll find the Christmas spirit in some of our favourite country towns. The Bathurst Winter Festival is on during the school holidays from 4 – 19 July 2020, and they're celebrating the season with both online and real-life experiences. Highlights include the magical illumination light display and a new drive-in cinema.

The Orange Winter Fire Festival is happening over three days from 31st July and will showcase an authentic country winter experience through a series of bonfire events. A winter night market in historic Millthorpe Village will kick off the festival, with winter feasts and campfire cookouts to follow throughout the region.

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