Walking in a winter wonderland
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