Winterval kicks off as Santa comes to Winterval

Magical Festival kicks off as Santa comes to 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.

Attracting over 500,000 visitors each year, Winterval runs from 23 November to 23 December with over 60 free and ticketed events. For more details see www.winterval.ie.

Winterval kicks off as Santa comes to Winterval
Pictured at Choristers Hall in Waterford city for the launch of Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas festival, is Toby McDonald (4) with Santa. Winterval runs from 23 November to 23 December in Waterford city, with more details at www.winterval.ie. Attracting over 500,000 visitors each year, the programme for Ireland’s Christmas Capital includes over 60 free and ticketed events, and the return of Santa’s Grotto to the 750-year-old Choristers Hall and Undercroft, located at Waterford’s Medieval Museum… Picture: Patrick Browne

Festival Director Tommie Ryan said: “We are delighted to welcome Santa to Waterford city on Saturday to celebrate the start of Winterval and to help the Mayor Cllr. John Pratt switch on the Christmas lights. Santa will be ready to meet, shake hands and pose for selfies with all the girls and boys who have come out to see him. We invite everyone to come down to Waterford city on Saturday as it is sure to be an exciting evening full of Christmas cheer.

Winterval kicks off as Santa comes to Winterval

“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. 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. 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.”

Winterval kicks off as Santa comes to Winterval
Santa is returning home to the atmospheric Choristers’ Hall for the 8th annual Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas festival. Tickets for the brand new Santa experience, as well as other selected Winterval favourites — Winterval on Ice and the Winterval Express Train — are now on sale at www.winterval.ie. The full programme of events for Winterval 2019, running from 23 November – 23 December, will be revealed in October.

Further highlights include the iconic big wheel, Waterford Eye, at Merchants Quay and a brand-new 3D music and lights show for Winterval Illuminates taking place every evening at Cathedral Square. Ireland’s renowned street theatre company, Spraoi will put on a never-before-seen free festive wonderland Spraoi na Nollag at Constitution Square with magical creatures coming to life between 5pm–8pm.

Winterval kicks off as Santa comes to Winterval

 

Visitors can journey through the heart of Winterval on the Winterval Express Train and Horse Drawn Sleigh, and Santa’s Giant Post Box will be at The Applemarket, with special shows on Saturdays and Sundays during Winterval from Waterford Academy of Music & Art.

Tommie added: “Through the support of Waterford City & County Council, along with our sponsors, stakeholders, local businesses, volunteers, and the general public, Winterval is made possible. Bookings for all events are available at www.winterval.ie.”

 

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