Winter Magic looking to 2022

It's crunch time for Katoomba's Winter Magic Festival.

It had to be cancelled in 2020 because of COVID and again can't be staged this year, but the committee is aiming for a return in 2022.

Treasurer Phil Nelson said that Winter Magic can shine again.

"What's needed are a few committed and creative people who are willing to risk putting in the effort for the reward of Winter Magic returning vibrancy to Katoomba Street."

This year's AGM will be the first gathering of those who will start planning for next year.

The AGM will be held on Monday, July 12 at 7pm at the Gazelle Restaurant, Palais Royale, in Katoomba Street. Festival members and the community more widely are encouraged to attend.

Winter Magic 2019: The committee is hoping for a return in 2022 but needs some extra hands.

Winter Magic 2019: The committee is hoping for a return in 2022 but needs some extra hands.

Winter Magic for years was the Upper Mountains' foremost festival, attracting crowds of up to 40,000.

It actually became the victim of its own success, forced to put celebrations on hold in 2018 because of soaring insurance and traffic management costs.

It returned for its 25th anniversary in 2019, with street music, performance spaces, dancing, art and an extensive range of stalls along Katoomba Street.

Mr Nelson said the 2020 cancellation cost the festival dearly, with many payments already made and contracts and commitments etched in stone.

The festival remains solvent but will need to build on this to ensure a successful return in 2022.

The committee added a sign off: See you at the AGM, brave souls.