October 19, 2021

It’s back! Winterval to kick off festive fun on November 23

The county’s, and some would say the country’s, favourite Christmas festival makes its welcome return next Saturday, November 23, when Winterval kicks off.

Ireland’s biggest Christmas festival will start the (snow)ball rolling when the main man Santa arrives at 4.15pm, before switching on the lights at 5pm.

WLR will be on hand to broadcast the festive fun while Brass & Co will liven up proceedings at John Roberts Square.

This year’s Winterval, which organisers say attracts half a million people every year,  runs until December 23 and will have more than 60 events.

“We are delighted to welcome Santa to Waterford city on Saturday to celebrate the start of Winterval and to help the Mayor Cllr John Pratt switch on the Christmas lights,” Festival Director Tommie Ryan said.

“Santa will be ready to meet, shake hands and pose for selfies with all the girls and boys who have come out to see him.

“We invite everyone to come down to Waterford city on Saturday as it is sure to be an exciting evening full of Christmas cheer.

“As Ireland’s Christmas capital, Waterford city will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with over 60 free and ticketed events on offer every weekend right up to December 23.

“Visitors will be enchanted by the brand-new interactive Wizards + Dragons exhibition at Waterford City Hall and the magical Santa’s Grotto experience in Choristers Hall.

“Pop your skates on and take to the 600sqm of real ice at Winterval On Ice on Bolton Street.

“If it is the perfect Christmas gift you are after, then come on down to the Garter Lane Christmas Crafts Fair or the Christmas markets and pop-up shops at Arundel Square and Cathedral Square. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Other great events include:

  • The iconic big wheel, Waterford Eye, at Merchants Quay
  • A new 3D music and lights show for Winterval Illuminates every evening at Cathedral Square
  • Spraoi will put on a never-before-seen free festive wonderland Spraoi na Nollag at Constitution Square between 5pm–8pm
  • The Winterval Express Train and Horse Drawn Sleigh, and Santa’s Giant Post Box will be at The Applemarket, with special shows on Saturdays and Sundays from Waterford Academy of Music & Art

Bookings for all events are available at www.winterval.ie.

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