Lights, action…Winterval!

Waterford city will light up with Christmas cheer as Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas festival, kicks off Saturday, 23 November. Arriving at Winterval at 4.15pm to meet the public, Santa will help the Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Cllr. John Pratt turn on the city’s Christmas lights at 5pm. WLR will broadcast the event live with music provided by Brass & Co at John Roberts Square. Picture: Patrick Browne

IRELAND’S biggest and best Christmas festival will return to Waterford on Saturday, November 23. Santa will be on hand to help Mayor John Pratt turn on the city’s Christmas lights at 5pm and get Winterval under way.

“As Ireland’s Christmas capital, Waterford city will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with over 60 free and ticketed events on offer every weekend right up to 23 December,” said festival director, Tommie Ryan.

“Visitors will be enchanted by the brand-new interactive Wizards + Dragons exhibition at Waterford City Hall and the magical Santa’s Grotto experience in Choristers Hall.

Visitors will be enchanted

“Pop your skates on and take to the 600sqm of real ice at Winterval On Ice on Bolton Street.

“If it is the perfect Christmas gift you are after, then come on down to the Garter Lane Christmas Crafts Fair or the Christmas markets and pop-up shops at Arundel Square and Cathedral Square. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

AGLOW: the lights will be switched on for Dungarvan Aglow at 5pm on Sunday, November 24. Festivities begin at 2pm and a great day out for all the family is promised with market stalls, children’s entertainment and a children’s disco which starts at 3.45pm. Dungarvan Aglow will run until January 6,


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