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Guinness Secret Gigs

Gather your fellow Guinness lovers for a series of secretly located music gigs. Tickets Required

Free Event | Tickets Required | 18+

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Winterval on Ice

Iconic Ice Rink returns to The Quay in ancipation for Winterval's 10th year

Paid Event | Dated | Not To Be Missed

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Santa's VR Ride

An exhilarating and immersive VR experience takes you on a magical sleigh ride   

Paid Event | Dated Event | Booking Required

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Santa's Central Station

Greet Santa in his magical new cabin

in the heart of Waterford City Centre

Paid Event | Dated | Not To Be Missed

Magic Mirrors at Winterval

Magic Mirrors

Meander through magic mirrors as you're transported through iconic European cityscapes

Free Event | Permanent | Apple Market



Visit a beautifully lit oasis in New Street Gardens. The magic of Glow will soothe the senses

Free Event | Dated Event | Apple Market

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Santa Paws

Reward your pooch with an exciting trip

to meet Santa Claus

Paid Event | Dated Event | Booking Required

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Christmas Market

A European Style Christmas Market with incredible vendors throughout the city

Free | Dated | Not to Be Missed

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Sedna & The SnowDragon

A beautifully delivered shadow play takes you on a magical journey through imagination

Free Event | Dated

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Wonderfilled Workshops

Free workshops and activities for children every Saturday and Sunday in the Apple Market

Free Event | Weekends | Apple Market

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Wizards & Dragons

An immersive exhibition that celebrates the legendary wonder of Wizards & Dragons

Paid Event | Dated Event | Booking Required

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Letter Collection Show

An exciting and interactive show invites you to join Santa's helpers collecting Christmas letters

Free Event

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Mini Express Train

Hop on board a magical train ride

through the heart of Winterval

Paid Event | Dated Event | Booking Required

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Book Centre Storytelling

Join resident storyteller Kitty Cabooble for an imaginative storytelling session every weekend

Free Event | Weekends | Family Fun


Déise Medieval

Take an immersive journey through an early Viking Waterford settlement with live actors

Free Event | Dated Event | Family Fun

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Winterval Illuminates

View a beautiful collection of model circus and fairground settings, hosted by the owner

Free Event | Dated | Not to be Missed

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Christmas Circus

Iconic family circus company Gerbola bring their magical Christmas circus to the Big Top!

Paid Event | Dated | Not to be Missed

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A city-wide charity busking event in aid of the homeless. December 22nd only.

Free Event | 22nd December | Live Music


Winterval Main Stage

20 Days of Free Live Performance during the Winterval festival.

Free Event | Dated | Live Music

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Snow Globe Live

A unique photo opportunity

in a gigantic snow globe

Paid Event | Dated | Family Fun

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The Creation

Notable Works present Haydn's Oratorio, The Creation in a must see event

Paid Event | 4th December | Live Music

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Yuletide Festival

A festive competition inviting anyone to create a Christmas scene display

Free Event | Competition


Fly With Santa

A magical opportunity to take to the skies with Santa Claus via helicopter ride

Paid Event | Dated


Elve's Workshop

Visit The Elves Workshop and take part in a number of festive & fun activites

Paid Event | Weekends | Charitable Cause


Winter Music Series

House of Waterford Crystal present a festive celebration of local musical talent

Free Event | Weekends | Live Music


Nutcracker Trail

A fun activity searching for

10 Nutcracker Kings in Georges Court

Free Event | Permanent | Family Fun

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Talking Post Box

A unique and immersive twist on a Winterval Classic

Free | Family Fun | Not To be Missed

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World Cup Fan Zone

Join us at the Reg to watch every single game at this year's FIFA World Cup

Free Event | Daily | The Reg

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Selfie Stops

A number of festive displays scattered throughout Winterval, perfect for selfies

Free Event | Permanent | Family Fun

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Blue Light Parade

Join us on the 4th December as we light the quay in sirens and lights in aid of Little Blue Heroes

Free Event | One-Off | In Aid of Charity

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Waterford's newest comic convention takes place during this year's festival

Paid Event | Dated | Comic Con

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Festival Club

Join us at our official festival venue, The Reg for live music and sport, great food, and tasty drinks

Official Late Night Venue 

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Giving Tree

A Waterford staple returns for a 36th year in aid of a good cause, with all donations matched

Free Event | Permanent | In Aid of Charity

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Information Station

Our official information station is situated in John Robert's Square and is open throughout

Free | 18th November | Not To be Missed

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