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Winterval Waterford 2021: A Guide To The Waterford Christmas Markets

Winterval Waterford 2021: A Guide To The Waterford Christmas Markets

If you’ve had a nosey at our guide to the top Christmas markets in Ireland, you’ll know that Winterval Waterford is up there with the best of them.

Annnnd, as you may know, it was one of the few markets that went ahead last year, along with GLOW Cork and the Wicklow Christmas Market.

The Waterford Christmas Markets are well worth a visit, especially if you stay in Waterford City and spend a bit of time tackling the Waterford Greenway or the incredible Copper Coast.

Anyway, I’m rambling! In the guide below, you’ll find everything you need to know if you fancy visiting Waterford Winterval 2021.

Waterford Winterval 2021 dates

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It’s official, Winterval returns to Waterford City on Friday, November 19th and runs until Thursday, December 23rd.

Winterval celebrates its 9th year in operation in 2021, and this years’ festival will see Waterford City transformed into a world of Christmas celebration.

With everything from The Waterford Eye and Ireland’s largest Christmas tree to Petstival (yes, Petstival), the Winterval Express train and more, there’s plenty for young and old alike.

What to expect if you’re planning a visit to the Waterford Christmas Market in 2021

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Winterval Waterford is well worth a visit, even if you only stay for the one night and then head off on the Greenway or explore the city (there are heaps of places to visit in Waterford) the next.

If you’ve never been before, here’s a handful of the most notable attractions that you’ll find at Winterval 2021:

1. Ireland’s biggest Christmas tree

Yep, the Waterford Christmas market is set to boast the largest Christmas tree in the land. Standing at a whopping 50 feet in height, you’ll find it hard to miss!

2. The Waterford Eye

If you fancy grabbing an eagle-eye view of the Waterford Christmas markets, you can fork out a few quid and see them from the top of a Ferris wheel. Adult tickets are €5, kids under 12 are €4.

3. The Winterval Express Train

If rambling around a city in the cold doesn’t do it for you, you can see Waterford from the comfort of the Winterval Express Train as it weaves through the city. It departs every 30 minutes and works its way along the Mall, past Winterval on Ice, through the Applemarket, and on to JR Square.

4. Santa

VIP Santa‘ can be found at The Old Sorting Office on The Quays. A visit here starts at an eye-watering €27 (for one child). Each child will get a book (The Adventures of Johnny Magory) and a photo with Santa (tickets need to be booked in advance).

5. Live events

There’s a solid line up of live events taking place throughout the Waterford Christmas market. Here’s an overview of some of what’s set to take place:

  • Apple Market Sunday Sessions at The Ever-Greenway Apple Market: Nov 28th 1pm – 5pm
  • Waterford’s Winter Music Series: House of Waterford Crystal Every Saturday & Sunday Beginning 20th Nov until 23rd Dec Time: 12 – 3pm
  • A Christmas Carol at Garter Lane theatre: Dec 1st – 21st Previews Nov 28th, 29th & 30th
  • Winterval Stage at the Cultural Quarter: Saturday Dec 18th Stage Runs: 2pm – 8pm

6. Endless attractions for kids

Winterval has a brilliant line-up of events for kids. Here’s an overview of some of the bits and bobs taking place:

  • Elfstival: Arundel Square Nov 19th – Dec 23rd
  • Johnny Magory’s Explorer Storyland: Nov 19th – Nov 21st 12pm – 6pm
  • Golden Gallopers Antique Carousel: Nov 19th – Jan 9th 10am – Close of Business
  • Santa’s Giant Post Box: Arundel Square Nov 19th – Dec 23rd
  • The Enchanted Garden Winter Light Festival: Dec 3rd – Jan 9th

Where to stay if you’re visiting the Waterford Christmas markets

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There are some brilliant guesthouses, B&Bs and hotels in Waterford City, as you’ll discover in this Waterford accommodation guide.

From cheap stays to luxury breaks in the likes of Waterford Castle hotel, there’s something to suit most budgets if you fancy staying in the city during Winterval 2021.

Winterval Waterford FAQs

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from when does Winterval Waterford 2021 kick-off to what there is to see at it.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What are the dates for the Waterford Christmas market 2021?

It’s official, Winterval returns to Waterford City on Friday, November 19th and runs until Thursday, December 23rd.

Is there much to do at Waterford Winterval?

Yes. This years’ Waterford Christmas market has a jam-packed schedule (see guide above), with everything from live events, music and Ireland’s biggest Christmas tree.

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