The special magic of Christmas in Ireland will come alive once more at the end of November at Waterford’s Winterval Festival with 30 different fun events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy at Ireland’s biggest, brightest and best Christmas event.
Now in its fifth year, Winterval begins on Friday, 25th November and organisers hope to build on last year’s success when over 500,000 people from all over Ireland and beyond took part.
Get your Winterval bearings in style with a horse drawn sleigh ride through the Mall, the Viking Triangle and John Robert’s Square or take the Winterval Express Train for a tour of all the festival’s attractions including the Carousel and the Giant Postbox – where those all-important letters to Santa can be dropped off.
Another stop on the Christmas adventure will have to be Winterval Illuminates in Cathedral Square. The now famous light show projects on to the Deanery Building and will see the Square burst into life and light. The free show is definitely one of the not-to-be missed highlights of Winterval.
So too is the Winterval Christmas Market where visitors will be able to savour top class food as they explore and shop for unique and imaginative gifts for all their family and friends.
Tired and famished from all the festivities? Keep an eye out for the Local Business Supporters stickers, such as at Athenaeum House Hotel and Bodega Restaurant & Wine Bar – just two of the great local restaurants and hotels that are open for business throughout the festival.
A Christmas festival would be nothing without the man himself and this is another area where Winterval comes up trumps. Families will be able to explore the Enchanted Gardens and the elves’ living quarters before visiting the Big Man at Santa’s Grotto for a chat, a gift and a photo that will live through the years.
The theme for this year’s free Toy Museum is Gaming through the ages. Visitors will get to see and play with some of the first video games ever invented to journey back to where it all started and to see up close how gaming has changed over the decades.
The Winterval Festival takes place from 25th to 27th November, 2nd to 4th December, 8th – 11th December and 15th to 23rd December. Booking tickets in advance at www.winterval.ie is highly recommended for ticketed events.