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Planning for 2020 begins!

The Katoomba Winter Magic Festival Inc Association met on 2 September 2019 and elected a new committee, which was finalised at the General Meeting of 16 September.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is on 2 September 2019 at 7pm at Palais Royale Hotel, 230 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.

Winter Magic 2019 a success!

The new, smaller footprint of the Winter Magic Festival and the program of local entertainment and community arts received a ringing endorsement on 22 June 2019 when 30,000 people brought Winter Magic back to Katoomba on 22 June 2019.

New busking registration system

At this year's Winter Magic we're going to have three blackboard stages for buskers and we have a new registration policy to ensure everyone gets to shine on the day.

Lawson Winter Magic eco-benefit fundraising concert

The Ecological Funding Group has organised a cool benefit at the Lawson Mechanics' Institute, 7pm to 11pm, 8 June 2019.

A Touch of Magic: Winter Magic Fundraiser

Music in the Mountains has organised a benefit gig at Wentworth Falls Country Club on Saturday 25 May 2019 to help raise funds for Winter Magic.

Pozible campaign to fund our performance programme

Katoomba Winter Magic Festival Inc. has launched a month-long Pozible campaign to raise funds to support our performance program.

Launch party will dazzle on 2 May

The launch party at The Baroque Room, Katoomba, from 68pm on 2 May, is shaping up to be a glittering event, and the RSVP list is looking healthy indeed.

Gonna take some magic to make Winter Magic

Winter Magic brings visitors to our town, it fills our hotels and AirBNBs and restaurants, and sometimes it even persuades people they should buy a house in the Blue Mountains. But it all takes money!

Performance lineup coming soon - want to help out?

We've had an incredible response to our call for performers but we need help!

Fill out our quick fundraising survey

The Winter Magic Festival needs funds to ensure its long term survival. You can help us by filling out our survey.


We will be closing our applications for stalls on Friday 22 March 2019 and advising successful stallholders by 14 April. We're closing off applications for performers on 30 March 2019, so get in quick!

Winter Magic arts and performance program is taking place

We're well on our way! Taking applications for performers and artists now and stallholders too.

Would you like to work for Winter Magic?

Would you like to work for Winter Magic?

We are recruiting! We need an Event Coordinator, Performance Coordinator, Community Arts Project Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and a Media, Communications and Sponsorship Assistant. Please see the website for further information.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

It's time for this page to wish all our supporters a restfully festive Christmas and New Year and to close up for the holiday season but we are so pleased to be able to say that Winter Magic 2019 is becoming a solid reality.

So what will Winter Magic look like in 2019?

On 22 June 2019, Katoomba Street will be closed and converted into a performance space and we will fill the surrounding open areas and laneways with music, installations and theatre. Roving performers will entertain people throughout the day and 110 stallholders will present locally-made wares as well as food.

2018 AGM

2018 AGM

The Katoomba Winter Magic Festival annual general meeting was held on Monday 26 November 2018. We were welcomed to Gundungurra country by David King and 21 people either attended or provided their apologies.

Winter Magic to relaunch in 2019 with new format

The 2019 Winter Magic Festival will emphasise community arts, performance, and magic, but the committee has had to make some difficult decisions about the parade.

Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Call for Submissions

Call for 2019 Community Arts Project Submissions

Committee Progress Report, 14 Oct 2018

Winter Magic is returning in 2019 with a fresh, community-based artistic vision

Are you a fan of Winter Magic? Have you thought about donating?

We know we've been quiet lately but believe us, we have been super busy laying the groundwork for a refreshed and re-energised Winter Magic in 2019. We've also realised we need to ask our community for support. We're looking for donations and we hope you can help.

Committee progress report, 23 July 2018

The Winter Magic Festival Association has begun planning for the 2019 festival.

Committee progress report and call for Association members, 16 July 2018

Association members are invited to attend the next committee meeting, where we will be making important decisions about the artistic vision of the 2019 Winter Magic Festival.

Committee progress report, 11 June 2018

On Monday 25 June, the weekend after the Winter Magic that wasn't, we are conducting a planning workshop to identify what we need to do right now to make 2019 happen.

Committee progress report, 28 May 2018

Progress update from the President: the Winter Magic Festival committee had its regular meeting last night and decided it is a good time to answer a few questions about how the Winter Magic Festival came to be in hiatus in 2018, and explain what the association and the committee do.

Committee progress report, 14 May 2018

The new committee of Winter Magic was elected on 26 March 2018 and we have been busy, so we thought it was time to update the public about our progress towards relaunching Winter Magic on 22 June 2019.

Winter Magic back in 2019

Winter Magic is in hiatus in 2018, so will not be held this year. This decision was not made lightly, but the festival will return, refreshed and invigorated, on 22 June 2019. We're getting a handle on things!

2019 WMF Committee

The next Winter Magic Festival will be held in 2019.
A new committee has been formed to plan for the 2019 Winter Magic Festival, which will be our 25th anniversary.

What is Winter Magic?

The Winter Solstice has been celebrated by civilisations ancient and new over millennia.

Often concealed beneath myth, elaborate artifice and tradition, at its core it is a physical event.

The Beginning of Winter Magic

It's nice to have something you can call your own.

The Winter Magic Festival began in 1994 after a meeting where business invited community to discuss ways of making Yulefest more relevant to local residents and encourage their participation.

The result was a completely new concept - Winter Magic. The festival ran continuously until 2017, and will return in 2019.

It is now in its 25th year and is managed in its entirety by the local community.

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