Winterval 2023

Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas festival returns to Waterford this November and December for its 11th year with its biggest and most festive programme yet. Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, will be transformed into a magical Winterval wonderland from Friday, November 17th until Saturday, December 23rd.


Be a part of our journey through a world of Christmas celebration, magical experiences, festive family attractions, seasonal surprises and an abundance of free and ticketed events for all ages to enjoy.


Brought to you by Waterford City and County Council, Winterval 2023 will see the return of lots of the original attractions like Santa’s arrival to Waterford, Winterval On Ice, the Port of Waterford Eye, The Helter Skelter and The Carousel; newer events like the Winterval Circus, Glow, and the Lego Exhibition, and magical reimaginations of so many of the festival favourites including a multi-dimensional light show, European-style Winterval food and craft markets, a packed programme of live music and performances and an enchanting display of festive decoration that will dazzle and delight Kids from 1 to 92 … and it’s all happening this Christmas in the heart of Waterford City.


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Lafcadio Hearne Japanese Gardens - The Enchanted Garden

Now in it’s eighth year, the Enchanted Garden Winter Lights at the Japanese Gardens in Tramore, Co. Waterford is one of the most magical and largest winter light festival of it's kind in Ireland. These unique Japanese Gardens are lit at night by a sea of twinkling lights, animal sculptures, dramatic tree and foliage lighting all creating a magical winter wonderland. Visitors young and not so young are spellbound as they walk via a one way system through the gardens and are met at every turn by stunning displays. The Victorian Garden brings old world charm to the festival and fuels the imagination of all who visit. There will be an opportunity to meet the Winter Fairy or Pixie Perfect on your journey or stop by the open fire and enjoy Hot Chocolate or Gluhwein. Hidden fairy doors light up for this special event and a selection of carefully chosen classical and enchanting music fills the air. This is a magical experience for all age groups. 

This event is suitable for Adults and Children of all age groups. The Winter Light Festival (Enchanted Garden) runs from early 1st December 2023 to 31st December 2023.


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