Winterval Waterford. Pictured at John Roberts Square, Waterford City during Winterval. Picture: Patrick Browne

Waterford Winterval

Calendar Icon 23rd November – 23rd December 2019

Map Pin IconWaterford City, County Waterford

Waterford becomes Ireland’s Christmas capital during Winterval, from 23 November to 23 December.

Winterval kicks off on Saturday, November 23rd with Santa arriving to Waterford to help switch on the city’s Christmas lights! Festivities start at 4.15 pm, and the city’s Christmas lights will be switched on at 5.00 pm with live music from Brass & Co at John Roberts Square.

There is a selection of fantastic events to suit the whole family! From Festival favourites such as Winterval On Ice, located on Bolton Street from November 29th – January 5th. 

Santa’s Grotto located beneath the City Hall, The Mall in the heart of Waterford’s Viking Triangle. Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves will be welcome visitors to the enchanting 750-year-old Choristers Hall. Listen to Mrs. Claus read her favourite Christmas stories! Enter Santa’s Medieval Chambers via. City Hall, opposite the House of Waterford Crystal for an incredible, unique experience this Christmas.

Experience Winterval Express Train, as it journeys through the heart of the city and Winterval along the Mall, going through the Applemarket, and John Roberts Square.

Enjoy festive treats, delicious food and handmade crafts at the Winterval market.

And for something new experience the Wizards and Dragons..

The Wizards and Dragons, a new exhibit at Winterval celebrates the wonder of dragons and gives visitors of all ages the thrill of seeing them brought to animatronic life. You will discover how wizardry and the black arts influenced these mythical and magical creatures through spells, tales and legends. For thousands of years, one mythical creature has captured the hearts and imagination of cultures throughout the world! An unforgettable experience for all ages this Christmas.

With a mixture of over 60 free and ticketed events every weekend, it’s an ideal festive day out.

Accommodation in Waterford

Make a weekend of it and stay in one of our self catering holiday homes in Dunmore East, a picturesque fishing village only a 15 minute walk from the city. We have a selection of holiday homes in Waterford perfect for a mini family winter break or a group getaway with friends and family the perfect destination for a winter escape in Ireland. 

For booking queries: 

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T. +353 (0)51 511 078


Winterval Waterford, John Roberts Square, Waterford City image Patrick Browne
Dunmore East Fishing Harbour, Waterford
Dunmore East, Waterford