Winter Magic - 22nd June, 2013!
The Winter Solstice in 2013 is June 21st, 5:04am.
Winter Magic is the Blue Mountains highest profile and most anticipated annual event. The Blue Mountains is NSW inaugural City of the Arts and Katoomba is the heart of that city. It is the weekend when artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs and community take over one of Australia's most famous towns.
During the event, the main street of Katoomba is closed to motor traffic and open to pedestrian traffic. This allows the whole town to become a performance space. The streets are lined with market stalls and everybody who attends is encouraged to dress in costume.
Unlike many Festivals run by Chambers of Commerce and Councils, this event is run by community. It has a strong local focus and very wide general appeal. The setting is a town sitting on a narrow ridge and bound north and south by a World Heritage listed National Park.
The festival itself is free, however some activities charge a fee.
New to the festival this year...The Winter Magic Festival brings so many people to Katoomba and we on the committee felt that we also needed to lighten our footprint in the mountains and so, we have created a 3 year sustainability plan. Check out the sustainability page to see what we're up to...
For those who like to dress up, our theme this year is......
We are celebrating the bicentenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains (200 years!!), the 20th anniversary of Winter Magic itself and the Carrington Hotel is celebrating it’s 130th Birthday!
A huge year indeed, so come and party with us.