Bathurst Winter Festival 2019 will run from July 6 to 21

Lights and music: The illuminations on Bathurst's historic buildings are always a leading attraction for locals and visitors at the Bathurst Winter Festival. (inset) Neil and Kylie Evans travelled from Oberon to last year's festival. Photo: Australian Community Media.
Lights and music: The illuminations on Bathurst's historic buildings are always a leading attraction for locals and visitors at the Bathurst Winter Festival. (inset) Neil and Kylie Evans travelled from Oberon to last year's festival. Photo: Australian Community Media.

Thousands of people from across western NSW will descend on Bathurst later this year to celebrate all the great things about winter at the town's annual festival.

Over two weeks in July the town will host the fifth annual Bathurst Winter Festival where there will be plenty of amazing illuminations and activities for all to enjoy.

The festival has continued to grow in popularity since it first began, and injects an estimated $1.6 million into the economy and $900,000 in household income.

Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said it is estimated that 55,000 attended the Winter Festival last year with 47 per cent of attendees from outside the 2795 postcode.

"Thousands of people have come to our city over the past couple of years to witness and experience the illuminations, food and wine, entertainment and winter activities with the event emerging as one of the region's finest attractions during the cooler months," he said.

Cr Hanger said the Bathurst Winter Festival is a marquee event on the town's social calendar and is loved by locals and visitors.

"The economic return to the region in winter has significantly grown over the past few years in what is usually a quiet time of year," he explained.

This year's theme is Cosmic Paradise - a place of great happiness.

Some of the festival favourites will include the McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink and giant ferris wheel and the 2019 will also see the return of the popular two-storey carousel.

There will also be markets, great food, wine and craft beer and illuminations.

The ever popular Ignite the Night will be held on Saturday, July 6 and Brew & Bite will be held Saturday, July 13 from midday to 9.00pm.

"These feature events will have gourmet food, and there will be a variety of live entertainment and children's activities," Cr Hanger said.

The McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink, two-storey carousel and ferris wheel will run every day of the festival with illumination running nightly from sundown to 10pm.