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Yulefest at Valhalla Perisher

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

5 June - 6 July 2020

The Warmth of Winter

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. 

Feasting, Fun and Festivities

The Feast of Yule celebration begins at 5pm in our lounge. Enjoy a glass of warm Viking's mead (for guests 18years and over) and pre-dinner nibbles by the fire. Try your hand at the Viking game of hnefatafl, discover the secrets of a rune reading and make a wish on our Yule Log Wish Sticks. 

When the bell rings, it's 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.  

Feasts of Yule Dates

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 5th July - Yule Dinner

Other dates available by special request

Relaxing winter getaway accommodation. King or Twin Rooms with En suites.

Your Inclusions

  • Arrival and departure oversnow transfers
  • Accommodation in a king or twin ensuite room with daily room tidy
  • hot breakfasts cooked to order
  • 5pm cheese platter
  • 3 course dinners (Yule Themed Dinner on set nights or by prior arrangement)
  • daily after ski transfer 
  • wifi 
  • self serve tea/coffee/hot chocolate/milo and fresh fruit.

Lemax display for Yulefest at Valhalla Perisher.


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.


Winter Wonderland

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

Walking in Perisher Valley, June Long Weekend. Yulefest At Valhalla. Snow matter of the weather.

For The Non-Skier

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. 

viking yule

The Warmth of Winter

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. 

Ski Like A Viking

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.

Peak Festival Weekend

On June Long Weekend 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. 

Evergreen Trees

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. 

Yule Log

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. 

Wheels of the Sun

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. 

The Feast of Juule (Yule)

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

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.