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About Winterval Festival

Winterval returns to Waterford this November and December for its 9th year with its biggest and most festive nineteen-day programme of events for all ages. Ireland’s Oldest City, Waterford, will be transformed into Ireland’s Largest Christmas Festival, running from Friday November 19th until Thursday December 23rd.

Look forward to a round-trip non-stop journey to a world of Christmas celebration, festive food and craft markets, live performance, family attractions, seasonal surprises and a plethora of free and ticketed programming for all ages to enjoy.

Brought to you by Waterford City and County Council, the theme of Winterval 2021 ‘Celebrate Together’ marks the gathering back together of families, friends and communities and ushers in the reemergence of large civic events to Ireland.

A joyous celebration of the Christmas season, Winterval 2021 will showcase an elevated and immersive programme of events including themed Festive City Quarters, new festival destinations and Hero Events, the brand new Ar Ais Le Chéile celebrating Irish as a living language for kids and adults, the p-awesome Petstival zone filled with doggie delights and pet programming, Kids Lab Land where we celebrate all thing STEM in addition to enhanced festive food and craft markets including delicious global flavours from the very best of Ireland’s street food scene.  All round entertainment for kids and adults, families, friends and furry four-legged friends alike - all happening under Ireland’s Largest Christmas Tree, shining bright right at the heart of Waterford city.

Five fun-filled Festive City Quarters, this year’s themed Winterval festival destination areas, will be spread across Waterford City for festival-goers to visit and revisit across the 5 week festival run and include the Continental Christmas Market Quarter (John Roberts Square / Broad Street), Elfstival Festival Family Quarter (Arundel Square), The Ever-Greenway Quarter (The Apple Market), Christmas Cultural Quarter (Great George’s Street / O’Connell Street) and the much-anticipated Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter (The Viking Triangle).

Winterval proudly brought to you by Waterford City and County Council

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