Walk­ing in a win­ter won­der­land

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Win­ter­val re­turns to Water­ford once again this year, with fes­tive events tak­ing over the city un­til De­cem­ber 23rd.

A mix of free and tick­eted fam­ily at­trac­tions through­out the month in­clude an en­chanted grotto, where you can join Santa’s elves on a num­ber of mis­sions. A very friendly Santa will be there him­self to meet kids once their mis­sion is com­plete. You can travel through the streets by a won­der­ful horse- drawn win­ter sleigh, or on an ex­press train, stop off for some ice skat­ing on a rink, or get your thrills with fewer spills on a Christ­mas carousel – or the Water­ford Eye – a big wheel on Mer­chant’s Quay.

Through­out the fes­ti­val, kids can send their let­ters to Santa at the Gi­ant Post Box in the Ap­ple­mar­ket. Ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day at 4.30pm un­til De­cem­ber 23rd the Water­ford Academy of Mu­sic and Arts will come along for a show and to col­lect all the let­ters to make sure they reach the big man in time.

And you can fin­ish the day at one of three tra­di­tional mar­kets around town with a hot choco­late ( or a well- earned hot toddy for the par­ents after all that fes­tive fun) and then watch Win­ter­val Il­lu­mi­nates, a free light show in Cathe­dral Square ev­ery evening ( First show 5pm, then ev­ery 30 min­utes un­til 8pm.)

For a full list of events, and to buy tick­ets, see win­ter­val. ie

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