Waterford Winterval - Ireland's Christmas Festival
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to visit Waterford to soak up the festive atmosphere at Winterval. Throughout the month of December every year, there are numerous events planned in around the city from music and dance to food and frolics you'll be spoilt for choice.
Winterval, Ireland's Christmas Festival, continues to grow from strength to strength. With over 30 events every weekend - many free - Winterval is a must see with a jam-packed schedule of fun for all the family.
Date: 27 November 2021 to 23 December 2021 (provisional dates)
Between chestnuts roasting and sleigh bells ringing, a trot around Waterford City is bound to put you into the Christmas spirit when the festivities of Winterval take over. The seasonal celebration consumes the city each year and with so much on the agenda, you will need more than just one afternoon to visit all that you want to.
While Winterval is largely geared at families, with over 300,000 people visiting annually, it isn’t just children who stand to soak up a good dose of Christmas spirit from the long list of attractions. Walking around the city you can spot ice skaters doing the rounds under a marquee and an immediate longing to join them results, that is until spinning carousel or the iconic Eye comes into your sight upon further exploration of the city.
Post your letters to the big man at the Giant Postbox, take the family on an all-new magic reindeer ride in John Robert’s Square, enjoy a spin on the Vintage Ferris Wheel, slide down the Helter Skelter, snap a pic at the Polar Bear Selfie station, and treat yourself to a sweet or savoury snack from the Micro-market. Find the Nutcracker Trail to uncover Santa’s Secret message with your family, follow the map, and get your clue from each life-sized Nutcracker (another perfect photo op too). Follow the adventures from November 27th of Winterval Waterford.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you back to Waterford to enjoy Ireland's Christmas Capital from November 27th to December 23rd.
The countdown to Winterval 2021 is on!
Make the most of Ireland’s biggest Christmas Festival with 1, 2 or 3 night breaks at the Fitzwilton Hotel. Our Winterval family package includes Bed & Breakfast, a complimentary hot chocolate & cookies for the kids and mulled wine for the adults.
We offer complimentary onsite parking (subject to availability) and Free wifi. We are located in the city centre just a 2 minute walk from the bus and train stations.
Winterval is Waterfords Christmas Festival for Young and Old, packed with seasonal events and activities, set in unique heritage sites around Waterford City.