Winterval 2021

Winterval returns to Waterford this November and December for its 9th year with its biggest and most festive nineteen-day programme of events for all ages. Ireland's oldest city, Waterford, will be transformed into Irelands Largest Christmas Festival, running from Friday November 19th until Thursday December 23rd. 

Look forward to a round-trip non-stop journey to a world of Christmas celebration, festive food and craft markets, live music and arts performance, family attractions, seasonal surprises and a plethora of free and ticketed programming for all ages to enjoy. Brought to you by Waterford City and County Council, the theme of Winterval 2021 ‘Celebrate Together’ marks the gathering back together of families, friends and communities and ushers in the reemergence of large civic events to Ireland.

A joyous celebration of the Christmas season, this year’s Winterval 2021 will showcase an elevated and immersive programme of events including themed Festive City Quarters, new festival destinations and hero events, the brand new Ar Ais Le Cheile Irish living language area for families, the p-awesome Petstival zone filled with doggie delights and pet programming, enhanced festive food and craft markets including delicious global flavours from the very best of Ireland’s street food scene, and entertainment for kids and adults, families friends and furry four-legged friends alike - all happening amongst Ireland’s largest Christmas tree, shining bright right at the heart of Waterford city. Five fun-filled Festive City Quarters, this year’s themed Winterval festival destination areas, will be spread across Waterford city for festival-goers to visit and revisit across the 5 week festival run and include the Continental Christmas Market Quarter (John Roberts Square / Broad Street / Michael’s Street), Elfstival Festival Family Quarter (Arundel Square), The Ever-Greenway Quarter (The Apple Market), Christmas Cultural Quarter (O’Connell Street) and the much-anticipated Winterval Wonder-Events Quarter (The Viking Triangle).

Soak up the Christmas atmosphere and yuletide spirit, browse the European styled christmas craft and food stalls and support local, regional and national producers, makers and creators at the Continental Christmas Market Quarter; Whirl around the colourful Vintage Funfair including the festival’s vintage carousel; Take your family photo with the spectacular and sparkly Largest Christmas Tree in Ireland this winter season. Little and big kids can visit Winterval’s Giant Elf right at the heart of Elfstival Festival Family Quarter and post their special letters to Santa at Winterval’s gigantic Postbox. Santa, and his team of trusty Elves, are making the journey from the North Pole to the wonderful Waterford Winterval this festive season. Prepare to go on a magical journey at VIPSanta at the city’s Old Sorting Office on The Quays - make sure to book in early to avoid disappointment.


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