December 3rd - 5th

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Elfstival Festive Family Quarter

VIPSanta 2021

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd over 19 Days

11am - 6pm

Please see vipsanta.ie for all pricing and event details

 

Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa, and his team of trusty Elves, are making the journey from the North Pole to the wonderful Waterford Winterval this festive season.

Visit Santa Claus at his Grotto and tell him all about your Christmas wishes.

Every child will be gifted a beautiful book: “The Adventures of Johnny Magory” - written by Irish author Emma-Jean Leeson.

The whole family can then jump in for a photo with Santa, taken by one of his Elves. The Elves will print this photo for you in their Workshop, and they can even print it onto your own custom snow globe or Christmas tree ornament. Then, venture outside into our Yuletide Café and enjoy some of the delicious Christmas treats.

Have you written your letter to Saint Nick yet? You can get creative at our letter-writing station, and pop it into the North Pole Post Box; every evening the Postmaster Elf delivers these letters to Santa himself! Inspire the festive spirit with VIPSanta.

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Continental Christmas Market Quarter

Ireland’s Largest Christmas Tree

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd over 19 Days

Free for everyone

Building upon the wonderfully rich and much-loved 9 year history of Winterval, this year’s world-class festival line-up is bigger and brighter than ever with Ireland’s largest Christmas tree measuring over 50ft tall!

Take your family photo with the spectacular and sparkly Largest Christmas Tree in Ireland this winter season!

 

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Continental Christmas Market Quarter

The Waterford Eye

Nov 19th - Jan 9th
Operates 7 days a week

Mon-Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am - 10pm

Adults - €5
Child (Under 12) - €4

 

Special 2 Adults/2 Children (Under 12) €15 VIP Experience

€50 for a group of four

Pay-in-Person
(no Pre-Booking Available)


It wouldn't be Christmas in Waterford without the Waterford Eye!

The 32 meter high Big Wheel will operate throughout the festival and beyond into early January.

 

A unique experience at Winterval, this iconic Big Wheel will operate throughout the festival. For a special occasion choose the VIP experience.

Enjoy warm blankets, complimentary chocolate and prosecco, or non-alcoholic fizz for children’s groups.

 

Take a spin with your family, with up to four persons (from one household) in each pod. This is the perfect way to see Waterford City and the beautiful river Suir from a new height.

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Christmas Cultural Quarter

Eats N’ Beats at

Christmas Cultural Quarter

Dec 4th & 5th


Live performance and music stage runs: 12pm - 10pm on Sat Dec 4th

12pm - 8pm on Sun Dec 5th

 
Kick back to the live bands, DJs and comedians on the live performance stage on Sat Dec 4th and Sun Dec 5th right at the heart of the Cultural Quarter on O’Connell Street.

Highlights include music from Conor Clancy Band, Richie Hayes, brass band ensembles and choirs, comedy from Totally Wired, magic and street performance from Jack Wise and many more.

Please see timetable for full

Saturday and Sunday music & performance line-up

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Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter

KIDS LAB-LAND

Dec 4th & 5th
12pm - 5pm

Free workshops

 

Slime Workshop 

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/177953552867  

 

Engineering Moving Christmas scene

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/177966882737

 

Electric Art Lab (multiple dates / times)

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/178057824747


Discover the exciting world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Art) at Kids Lab-Land with CALMAST Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM Engagement centre.  

Discover the science and engineering of Christmas and unleash your creativity with three fun filled hands-on

STEM workshops.

Explore the science of polymers making Santa’s Slime, learn about electricity making your own light-up Christmas card or become an engineer making a moving Christmas scene!

Some important T&Cs and Covid 19 mitigation measures to note regarding the Winterval Wonder-Events Marquee:

  • All attendees over the age of 18 must have a Valid Covid Certificate and ID.

  • All Attendees must have a ticket.

  • All Attendees must sanitise their hands on entry

  • All attendees 9+years must wear a mask

  • All adults must wear a mask.

  • Contact details are require for all attendees to allow for contact tracing

  • Events are subject to government restrictions in place at time of event (subject to change)

  • Please take note of any additional and specific terms and conditions outlined by each of the programmers in their ticket links

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Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter

Bricks 4 Kidz

Dec 4th & 5th

12pm - 5pm

Free for everyone

Booking info:
Pre-booking required
here

Become the ultimate master LEGO builder and build 3D and motorised models with Bricks 4 Kidz
- LEGO Masters.

At Bricks 4 Kidz kids will learn the basics of STEAM and practice critical thinking, problem-solving and organisational skills - all while making cool LEGO creations!

Workshops include Space Exploration & The Rocket, Exploring the Moon – The Lunar Rover and even Spiders and Kangaroos - and many more to book in and enjoy!

Some important T&Cs and Covid 19 mitigation measures to note regarding the Winterval Wonder-Events Marquee:

  • All attendees over the age of 18 must have a Valid Covid Certificate and ID.

  • All Attendees must have a ticket.

  • All Attendees must sanitise their hands on entry.

  • All attendees 9+years must wear a mask

  • All adults must wear a mask.

  • Contact details are require for all attendees to allow for contact tracing

  • Events are subject to government restrictions in place at time of event (subject to change)

  • Please take note of any additional and specific terms and conditions outlined by each of the programmers in their ticket links

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Continental Christmas Market Quarter

Georges Court Nutcracker Trail

Winterval Dates

Can you find the 10 Nutcracker Kings who have appeared throughout

Georges Court?

According to German folklore, traditional Christmas nutcrackers

were given as keepsakes to bring

good luck to the family.

 

Pick up a map in any of the stores or cafes and find all 10 Nutcrackers and their Names, write them down and trade for a Lollipop in any of George’s Courts food or retail establishments.

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Elfstival Family Festive Quarter

Elfstival

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

Little and big kids (and grown ups that are still kids at heart) can look forward to Elfstival - this year’s children and family destination quarter.

Make sure to take your family photo with Winterval’s brand new giant Elfstival!

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Elfstival Family Festive Quarter

Santa’s Giant

Post Box

 Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

It’s a chance for all the children to post their special letters to Santa in Winterval’s giant postbox.

Proudly sponsored by 

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Winterval Beyond Waterford City

Fly with Santa

Nov 27th & 28th
Dec 4th, 5th, 11th & 12th

Times:
9.30am - 3pm depending on availability

Let your little one get excited about Christmas this year by having a flight with Santa in his helicopter from Waterford Airport with Adventure 001.

This year we have made this experience Covid Friendly so you can still enjoy the special occasion! Each family will travel as one unit through the airport and fly as a family on an exclusive flight.

Capacity will be limited so we can manage the flow of passengers through the airport. You will be greeted by Santa’s Elf who will show you through to the departures lounge where you will board the helicopter with the man himself. Buckle up and enjoy the flight! When you land Santa’s Elves will be waiting to give you your gift and hot chocolate in the arrivals lounge. There will also be a glass of bubbly for adults! Don't forget to take your camera, so you can you can re-live the experience with friends and family and show off your fantastic photographs.

To Book click 
Here

Package Includes:
Fly for 10 kilometres on board one of our
Jet Powered Helicopters

Hot Chocolate Cones and Goody Bag
(For Kids Only)

Safety Briefings & Public
Liability Insurance

Up to 3 Voucher Holders can fly in the Rear of the Helicopter

Free Car Parking

24/7 Online Booking Facility

Minimum Age for Child is 2 Years old for this event

Spectators are welcome and may take photographs


PLEASE NOTE:
If these dates are postponed then the tickets will remain valid for another normal pleasure flying event.

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Winterval Beyond Waterford City

The Ultimate flight with Santa

Nov 27th & 28th
Dec 4th, 5th, 11th & 12th

Times:
12.30pm-1.30pm

depending on availability

Let your little one get excited about Christmas this year by having a flight with Santa in his helicopter from Waterford Airport with Adventure 001.

 

This year we have made this experience Covid Friendly so you can still enjoy the special occasion! Each family will travel as one unit through the airport and fly as a family on an exclusive flight.

 

Capacity will be limited so we can manage the flow of passengers through the airport. You will be greeted by Santa’s Elf who will show you through to the departures lounge where you will board the helicopter with the man himself. Buckle up and enjoy the flight! When you land Santa’s Elves will be waiting to give you your gift and hot chocolate in the arrivals lounge.

 

There will also be a glass of bubbly for adults!

 

Don't forget to take your camera, so you can you can re-live the experience with friends and family and show off your fantastic photographs

To Book click Here

Package Includes:
Fly for 20 kilometres on board one of our
Jet Powered Helicopters

Hot Chocolate Cones and Goody Bag
(For Kids Only)

Safety Briefings & Public
Liability Insurance

Up to 3 Voucher Holders can fly in the Rear of the Helicopter

Free Car Parking

24/7 Online Booking Facility

Minimum Age for Child is 2 Years old for this event

Spectators are welcome and may take photographs


PLEASE NOTE:
If these dates are postponed then the tickets will remain valid for another normal pleasure flying event.

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Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter

Waterford’s Winter Music Series 2021

Every Saturday & Sunday

Beginning 20th Nov until 23rd Dec

 

Time: 12- 3pm

Price: Free!

 

Website Link: www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

Contact: houseofwaterfordcrystal@fiskars.com

House of Waterford Crystal is delighted to present their Annual Winter Music Series which will begin on Saturday 20th November and will run every Saturday & Sunday until the 23rd of December.

The Winter Music Series will coincide with Waterford’s wonderful Winterval - Ireland’s Largest Christmas Festival and will showcase the vast range of musical talent we have here in Waterford! With such a wide variety of performers scheduled, from jazz trios, traditional Christmas Carolers and classical guitar and harp, there will be something for everyone!

Take in the Christmas atmosphere as you listen and browse the stunning displays at House of Waterford Crystal’s showroom; enjoy a warming lunch with friends, indulge in a beautiful festive Afternoon Tea or grab a hot chocolate and treat to go at The Crystal Café’s Crepe Station!


 

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Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter

ALPINE HOTEL

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

€3 Per Person
Pay-in-person (no pre-booking)

New for 2021, not to be missed right at the heart of the brand new Wonder-Events Quarter.

A wonderful 3 storey walk through experience for kiddies and adults. Don’t forget to check in with our Christmas Mousse, Arnold.

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Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter

Hobby Horses ride by John Connolly, former Master Blower the House of Waterford Crystal

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

Pay-in-Person (no pre-Booking)

Join us at the Hobby Horses ride by John Connolly, former Master Blower the House of Waterford Crystal

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Elfstival Family Festive Quarter

BALLOON RIDE

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

€2.50 Per Person

Pay-in-Person (no pre-Booking)

 

Join us at the kiddies balloon ride, a perfect spin for the younger visitors

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Continental Christmas Market Quarter

Golden Gallopers

Antique Carousel

Nov 19th - Jan 9th

10am - Close of Business
in John Roberts Square

€3 per Person, €5 for 2 Persons

Pay-in-Person (no Pre-Booking)

Festival favourites, the Golden Gallopers are great entertainment for the young and the young at heart! Take a ride on this authentic vintage carrousel, the perfect way to start your Christmas.

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Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter

Toy Town Children’s Carousel

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

€2.50 Per Person

Pay-in-person (no pre-booking)

One for the smaller visitors! Little
ones can jump in their favourite carriage and enjoy a spin round
on this family favourite.

This one is sure to get your smallies smiling this Christmas season.

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Continental Christmas Market Quarter

Polish Christmas

19th Nov - 23rd Dec

Thurs to Sun: 12pm - 6pm

Free Entry - Pay as you go for

crafts and pastry

Polish Christmas Sample the unique tastes and smells of a Polish Christmas, with Waterford’s Polish community.

There'll be lots of very special traditional crafts to buy, cakes to

taste and freshly baked gingerbread
biscuits to go!

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Continental Christmas Market Quarter

HELTER SKELTER

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

€2 per slide
Pay-in-Person (no pre-booking)

Another great one for the kiddies, climb the twisty stairs to great heights to slide your way back down through the twists and turns.

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Elfstival Family Festive Quarter

Vintage Ferris Wheel

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

€3 per person or 2 people for €5

Pay-in-person (no pre-booking)

Take in the view of Elfstival, the
festive family quarter, from above as you spin round on the vintage ferris
wheel at Winterval!

Located in Arundel Square outside City Square Shopping Centre.

This vintage ride is nostalgic fun

for all ages. 

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Christmas Cultural Quarter

A Christmas Carol by

Charles Dickens

Dec 1st - 21st

Previews Nov 28th, 29th & 30th

Ticket 22 euro
Previews 12 euro

Book Tickets
here:

Michael Grant and Pádraig Ó Gríofa Present A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Directed by Liam Meagher ‘A Christmas Carol is an immortal classic that never fades.

It promises to fill the theatre with a traditional Christmas atmosphere bringing heart-warming joy in this timeless uplifting story’. This Victorian Classic revives Christmas past in the heart of Waterford City, home of Winterval, blending old and new for 2021.

The show is live, please check with the venue for safety protocols.

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Continental Christmas Market Quarter

The Rogue

Winter Market

Every weekend from 26th November
to 19th December 2021

Friday & Saturday 12pm - 6pm

Sunday 2pm - 6pm

Free Entry

It is the season to be jolly and for this year's Rogues Winter Market we are delighted to be working with Waterford Hungarian Cultural Organisation in association with Waterford Winterval festival 2021.

 

Our market will be full to the brim with local artisan crafts, jewellery, kitted and vintage goods along with all the festive Hungarian treats and more that you'll just adore.

 

Please join us for our opening launch weekend November 26th -28th and thank you for shopping locally.

 

Believe in the magic of the Season!

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Continental Christmas Market Quarter

Rotary Club Memorial at Ireland’s Largest Christmas Tree

Nov 19th  - Dec 24th

(subject to availability of volunteers)

Waterford Rotary Club Memorial Christmas Tree Appeal is in support of Waterford Hospice and Solas Cancer Support Centre.

Purchase a special memorial bow to remember a loved one and raise much-needed funds for Waterford Hospice and Solas.

This is Ireland's oldest memorial tree of its kind, and this year it is extra special as it is held at Ireland’s Largest Christmas Tree so please support these great causes.

Bows can be purchased from anywhere

in the world, online here

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Winterval Beyond Waterford City

The Enchanted Garden Winter

Light Festival

Dec 3rd - Jan 9th

Runs weekly:

Wed - Sun Nights

4pm – 8.pm Weather Permitting. 

Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day 

Adults €6
Children €3

Booking will be available online
from mid November at  
www.lafcadiohearngardens.com 
or directly from gardens.

Now in it’s sixth year, the Enchanted Garden has firmly established itself as one of the leading Winter Light
Festivals in Ireland.

These unique Japanese  Gardens are lit at night by a sea of twinkling lights, animal sculptures, dramatic tree and foliage lighting all creating a magical winter wonderland.

Visitors young and old are mesmerized as they walk via a one way system through the gardens and are met at every turn by stunning displays. The Victorian Garden brings old world charm to the festival and fuels the imagination of all who visit.

There will be an opportunity to meet the Winter Fairy on your journey or stop by the open fire and enjoy Hot Chocolate or Gluhwein. Hidden fairy doors light up for this special event and a selection of carefully chosen classical and enchanting music fills the air.

This is a magical experience for
all age groups.

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Continental Christmas Market Quarter

ARTFORM ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION

2nd-23rd December


Exhibition opening times:
Mon to Sat 11am to 6pm
Sun 1pm to 6pm

Following the success of the last 3 years, Artform Art Fair is back for its fourth edition in the stunning 3 storey period building at 44 The Quay Waterford, from 2 to 23 Dec, in the festive context of Winterval – the Waterford Christmas Festival, launching on 2 Dec 6-10pm, and staying open

 

Mon to Sat 12 noon to 6pm;

Sun 1pm to 6pm

 

The event is free, all welcome.

 

For a safe and enjoyable visit, guests will be asked to observe public health and safety guidelines.

 

All artwork will also be available from our online gallery on www.artform.ie.

 

This year, the annual exhibition of contemporary and plein air art will feature over 200 art works by Irish-based artists included by invitation and newly also through an open call selection process.

 

The open submission section is intended to offer an opportunity for conversation of artistic expressions by emerging and established artists.

 

In addition, for the first time, a series of prizes will be awarded to artists in selected categories.

 

In this context, in conjunction with GOMA Gallery of Modern Art and Theatre Royal, Artform presents a retrospective solo show of artist Ben Hennessy, recipient of Artform ‘Waterford Platform’ Award 2021.

 

Please follow us on FB and IG @artformdunmoreeast for updates as they happen.

 

For further details please contact info@artform.ie;

 

087-7213146