What's On at Winterval 2021

This year’s Winterval, Ireland's largest Christmas Festival, integrates the old and the new - with festival favourites that everyone knows and loves like The Waterford Eye, and a new mix of exciting programming, festive city quarters and immersive hero events to elevate Winterval to a whole new level! 

Events are subject to government restrictions in place at the time of the events. Please take note of any specific event terms & conditions as outlined in ticketing and/or event details (subject to change)

Free and Ticketed Programme of Events Listed Below, please select dates to see what events are on:




Continental Christmas
Market Quarter

John Roberts Square, Broad Street, Michael's Street

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd over 19 Days

Join us at the heart of Waterford city for the centrepiece of Ireland’s largest Christmas festival.

Soak up the sparkly Christmas atmosphere and yuletide spirit, browse the many Christmas craft and food stalls and support local, regional and national producers, makers and creators this festive season.

Be sure to visit Ireland’s Largest Christmas Tree right at the centre of this year’s Ireland’s Largest Christmas Festival.

12pm to 7pm (Weather Dependent)
Closes at 5pm on Dec 23rd


Elfstival Festive
Family Quarter


Proudly Sponsored by:

Arundel Square

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd over 19 days

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 giant Elfstival and post your letters for Santa in Winterval’s Giant Post Box. Whirl and twirl on the children’s amusements rides, indulge in some tasty treats and of course make sure to book in to meet Santa and his elves at VIPSANTA experience at The Old Postal Sorting Centre

12pm - 7pm (weather dependent). Closes at 5pm on Dec 23rd.


The Ever-Greenway Quarter

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The Apple Market

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd over 19 days

A stunningly beautiful and unique glowing green festive quarter situated in the city’s vibrant Apple Market.

Support local at the weekly Saturday Farmer’s Market here and dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to kick back at the Apple Market Sunday Sessions celebrating and supporting live artists and musicians.

Local Farmers Market:
10am - 3pm Saturdays

Market Sunday Sessions:
1pm - 5pm Sundays

Please note that Winterval is not responsible for any evening programming within the Apple Market and this is operated by Apple Market businesses solely.

Proudly Sponsored by:


Christmas Cultural Quarter

O’ Connell Street, Great George’s Street

Proudly Sponsored by:

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd over 19 days

Celebrating the creativity, culture and diversity synonymous with Waterford’s Cultural Quarter.

Kick back to the live musicians, bands and performance ensembles on the live performance stage on Dec 4th, 5th, 11th & 18th on O’Connell Street.

Live performance and music stage runs 12pm - 10pm on Sat Dec 4th &
12pm - 8pm on Sun Dec 5th

2pm - 8pm on Sat Dec 11th

& Sat Dec 18th


Winterval Wonder-Events

Proudly Sponsored by:

Viking Triangle, The Mall

Nov 19th - Dec 23rd over 19 days

At this year’s Winterval, we are giving you, your family and friends so many reasons to visit and revisit Ireland’s largest Christmas festival again and again, weekend after weekend.

Waterford’s historic Viking Triangle will be transformed into the bustling Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter - the home of the Winterval 2021 hero-events including Petstival, Ar Ais le Chéile (Irish Language Area celebrating Gaeltacht na nDéise), Kids Lab-Land, WAMA-palooza & The Winter Palace. (please see note below regarding covid 19 mitigation measures for the hero-events in the Wonder-Events Marquee)


Mark Hennessy, site lead at Bausch + Lomb, Waterford, said: “We are very pleased to again support Winterval. Since its inception nine years ago, Bausch + Lomb and very many of its 1,500 employees, have been active supporters and participants in this great event. We all really enjoy and celebrate the tremendous atmosphere which the festival brings to our city at this time of year.”

On top of these, you can take a spin on the amusements and enjoy the delicious market stalls in the surroundings of these hero-events.

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 for their specific programmed events 

12pm - 5pm - Winterval Wonder-Events marquee programming

See other programmed events for specific event dates & times