We will drench ourselves in the light of all things good: the warmth of the fire, friendships, food and mead!
"Yulefest was great and an enjoyable way to mingle with other guests, strangers who became 'family' after a night of feasting, laughing and drinking warm mead."..... Cherry L, June 2018
Escape to the beautiful Snowy Mountains and experience the warmth of winter with Yulefest at Valhalla! Based on Viking Yule traditions, it's the coming together of family and friends, new and old, in celebration of winter nights and lighter days to come. Good friends, good laughs, good times.
The Feast of Yule celebrations begin at 5pm with pre-dinner cheese platter by the fire and a glass of warm mead (only served to guests 18years or over). Try your hand at hnefatafl, make a wish on Yule Log Wish Sticks and enjoy the warm friendly ambience. When the bell rings it will be time to take your seat in the cosy alpine dining hall of Valhalla. Here you'll feast with fellow guests on a delicious Yule inspired 3 course dinner. Cap off a fun night in our licensed lounge with tea, coffee and merriment.
Yule Themed Dinners are featured on set nights with additional dinner dates available by prior arrangement.
Saturday 6th June - Yule Dinner & Peak Festival Weekend
Saturday 13th June - Yule Dinner
Sunday 21st June - Winter Solstice Yule Dinner
Saturday 27th June - Yule Dinner
Sunday 4th July - Yule Dinner
Other dates available by special request
We can accommodate up to 24 adults in 12 en suite rooms. If you would like exclusive lodge use, we're more than happy to tailor our packages to your groups needs. Special Yule Dinner dates can be added for your group. We can also help you organise day tours, activities and transport. Please contact us for more information for your Yulefest Snowy Mountains winter getaway.
June is the beginning of our ski season. It's at this time that the seasons are truely transforming Perisher Valley into a magical winter wonderland.
Perisher Ski Resort is scheduled to open each year on June Long Weekend for skiing and snowboarding. Our season also kicks off with Yulefest at Valhalla and 4days of music with the Perisher Peak Festival.
Enjoy the fresh mountain air, wide open spaces, the alpine camaraderie and lunching in one of the many restaurants, pubs or cafes. Explore our beautiful winter wonderland; hike, walk, snowshoe, toboggan. Organise a winter picnic, an adventure or day tour with local experienced guides.
Vikings liked to party, celebrations included days of feasting and drinking. Because it was so cold outside and the sea was not safe for sailing, winter activities would be mostly indoor. Yule offered a rare chance in the cold winter months for large gatherings, for competitions and games and for making plans for summer.
Vikings used skis, sledges and skates to get about in winter. Skiing was a very significant means of travelling, transport and hunting in the Viking Age.
On opening weekend, 7th June - 10th June you can add to the fun of Yulefest with Australia's Coolest Festival, the Perisher Peak Festival. Special Peak Packages include 4 day Peak Festival Tickets.
Decorating evergreen trees was a Viking ritual. The evergreen trees of the Scandinavian forests represented the promise of life even in the middle of winter. All other plants appeared dead but the evergreen still looked full of life, a seed to begin the new cycle symbolising the continuity of life.
A Yule log was set alight on Winter Solstice and burned down over many days until nothing but a small piece remained. This small piece was kept to be used as the lighter for the following year's Yule fire.
Holly leaves and berries would be used to make circular wreaths or Wheels of the Sun. They would be used to decorate houses and sometimes burnt and rolled down a hill. It was a promise of warmer days to come. A representation of the continuation of life and that winter flows into summer and back into winter again.
Midwinter is traditionally a time of feasting. History shows us that the Vikings enjoyed a midwinter celebration, giving thanks to Mother earth and the rebirth of the sun. The Feast of Juule was mainly centred around the Winter Solstice.
Winter Solstice is the shortest day in the year and marks the rebirth of the sun (new solar year). Days gradually become longer and nights become shorter. It was a time to count blessings from the previous year and encourage hope and prosperity in the new solar year.
It was believed that the last sheaf of harvested corn contained the power of that year's harvest. This cut of grain was made into a festive goat for Yuletide to keep the evil spirits at bay. Many different stories have evolved regarding the Julebukk (Yule Goat) with its' role seeming to change over the years.