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Celebrate Christmas in July Canowindra style!

Forget navigating snowy roads and slippery pavements, Canowindra is the place to do a Wintery Christmas! Don’t miss out on the Old Vic Inn’s Christmas in July celebrations planned for Saturday 8 and 22 July.

There is something magic about the full hot Christmas dinner!

I don’t think many would disagree that a hot Christmas meal on a cold Wintery eve is very appealing. Our Christmas in July banquets will include nibbles, banquet style traditional Christmas fare and of course Christmas Pudding.

The origins of Christmas in July

People often ask what Christmas in July is all about and why should we celebrate it? It is a hotly debated topic. There are many theories.

Is it a nod to our heritage and the traditional celebration of a Winter British and European Christmas?

Is it an invention of Hollywood?

Is it simply a commercialised marketing campaign designed to boost July spending?

Is it the work of manic Christmas enthusiasts out of control? Don’t laugh these people exist and even have their own Facebook page. Their tag line is ‘We'll bring you Christmas Cheer all throughout the year’.

Some believe the earliest known occasion to mark the phrase ‘Christmas in July’ was in 1933 at Camp Keystone, a girl's summer camp in North Carolina where they went all out with a Christmas themed celebration.

The term gained greater ground with the release of the Hollywood movie comedy ‘Christmas in July’ in 1940 and then grew legs with a church, the postal service and the U.S Army and Navy conducting celebrations into the 1940’s.

It’s believed marketing grabbed hold of the concept around 1950 in America, but it is not thought to have taken hold in Europe until the 1980’s when it began as bid to celebrate Christmas in Summer.

It is also thought Christmas in July may have been started in the Southern Hemisphere around the same time by some Irish tourists who were travelling in the Blue Mountains. Overjoyed with the sight of snow, they apparently convinced a local hotel to hold a “Yulefest” party to celebrate.

The phrase 'Christmas in July' is now also found in other countries in the southern hemisphere like New Zealand and South Africa.

Gather your tribe and book a table NOW!

Whatever your beliefs, it is undoubtedly a great idea to gather your family or your chosen tribe of friends in the warmth for a few drinks, some great food and good company. Any excuse for a celebration is a good excuse!

Get in quick and reserve your table of eight for $45 a head. Book a cosy room to stay and you won’t even have to leave the warmth of the building!

Bookings are essential - call 02 6344 1009. Vegetarian and gluten free choices are available – please ask when booking.

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