November 19th - 21st


Elfstival Festive Family Quarter

VIPSanta 2021

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd over 19 Days

11am - 6pm

Please see for all pricing and event details

Please contact for any direct queries (not the Winterval team)


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.


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!



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

(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.


Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter


Nov 20th & Nov 21st
12pm - 5pm

Free for Everyone - Booking Required, information to follow

Paws Everything and visit the brand new paw-some pet wellness zone Petstival!

In association with festival charity partner DSPCA and Waterford Animal Welfare. Treat your pooch to a doggie day out where they can take part in some fun, games and test their agility skills with the DSPCA Dog Training Team who will also be there to help with dog training advice.  

The Customs Dog Unit will be joining us where you can meet some of the real life Doggie Detectives and see the important work they do and how they do it with live Demos!

Have your dog or new puppy microchipped with a DSPCA Vet who will also be giving advice on any pet health issues. Afterwards treat them to a Puppachino and some FREE Dentalife Dog Treats kindly sponsored by Purina.

We are also joined by Irish Guide Dogs for the blind at this year’s Petstival.

Those who are looking to add a furry friend to the family, will have the
op-paw-tunity to meet dogs who are looking for forever homes in the Waterford Animal Welfare Doggy Adoption Parade.

You'll be barking glad you joined us!


The Ever-Greenway Quarter

Apple Market Sunday Sessions at The Ever-Greenway

Nov 21st

Free for everyone, no booking required!

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to kick back to live music at the Apple Market Sunday Sessions celebrating and supporting live artists and musicians.

This Sunday’s line-up includes:

1pm: Liam Merriman

Singer Songwriter Duo

2pm: The Kalimbas

Irish Folk Trio

3pm: Hoozaskin

Funk & Jazz Trio

4pm: Renegades Duo

Funk, Pop & Rock


Elfstival Family Festive Quarter


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!


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.


Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter

Winterval Express Train

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

Fridays 2pm - 7.30pm
Every other day 10am-7.30pm 

Departs every 30 minutes.

Adults - €6, Children -  €5

Children must be accompanied by an adult. All aboard the Winterval Express Train as it journeys through the heart of the city, and Winterval, along the Mall, through the Applemarket, and The Quay by the spectacular Waterford Eye.


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.


Elfstival Festive Family Quarter

Johnny Magory’s

Explorer Storyland

Nov 19th - Nov 21st

12pm - 6pm

No tickets needed, first come first serve

Let your little one's imagination run wild and free while learning all about Irish heritage and wildlife in Johnny Magory’s Explorer Tent and 1972 VW Kombi bus!

Join the author of the popular Guaranteed Irish children’s book series ‘The Adventures of Johnny Magory’ Emma-Jane Leeson for readings of the brand new book ‘Johnny Magory Oíche Nollag Adventure’ at VIPSanta at Winterval in the Old Postal Sorting Office too.

Families can have even more fun exploring by venturing off on the Johnny Magory QR Code Nature Trail hidden throughout Elfstival Family Festival Quarter.

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Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter

Star Flyer

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd

€3.50 Per Person

Pay-in-Person (no Pre-Booking)

See Ireland's oldest city from new heights as you take an exhilarating spin on Winterval's Star Flyer at
The Tower Hotel.

Rising 40m above the ground, you'll get a great view of Winterval from the air.


Continental Christmas Market Quarter

Polish Christmas

23rd 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!


Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter


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.


Elfstival Family Festive Quarter


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


Continental Christmas Market Quarter


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.


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


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.


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.