Winterval Waterford 2021: A Guide To The Waterford Christmas Markets

Dates, what's on, things to do and more

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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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Photo via Winterval on Facebook

Although no dates have been confirmed, if the Waterford Christmas Market 2021 dates follow the format from two years ago (the last time things were ‘normal’), they’ll start around Saturday, November 27th and run until Tuesday, December 23rd.

Now, this could change, and if it does we’ll update this guide, but Winterval tends to run in and around the same time each year, so you can usually predict when it’ll start and end.

However, after the nightmare we all encountered over the last 15 months, anything is possible. Hopefully that’s all behind us, though…

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 (note: this may change).

1. 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.

If you fancy pushing out the boat a bit, there’s usually a ‘VIP Experience’ on the Waterford Eye. It’s for groups of 4, costs 50 quid and you’ll get warm blankets, complimentary chocolate, and prosecco or non-alcoholic fizz.

2. The Winterval Express Train

If rambling around a city in the cold doesn’t do it for you, you can see the city 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.

3. Santa’s Magic Snow Globe (now booked out)

Santa heads to Winterval each year and every year without fail, visits to see him get snapped up fast. So, you need to be on your toes and book in advance. As soon as we hear about bookings opening for Santa in Waterford, we’ll update this guide.

4. #WindowsOfWinterval

This is a cool little idea to get kids involved in a bit of festive exploring. Winterval are challenging you and your little ones to head off in search of some elves.

You’ll find the elves hiding in the windows of a number of local businesses (the ones with a #WindowsOfWinterval signs in their window).

If you spot one, snap a photo of it and share it to Instagram with the hashtag #WindowsOfWinterval. There’ll be a prize each week!

What happened at Waterford Winterval last year

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Photo by Patrick Browne via Failte Ireland

Understandably enough, there were a lot of changes made to last years Waterford Christmas Markets in order for them to go ahead.

Some of the features that you’ll remember from previous years, like the large festival market, the ice skating and the Winterval Illuminates took some chill time last year.

However, other favourites, like the Winterval Train, the now-iconic 32 metre high Waterford Eye and more were all standing proudly in place.

Hopefully, if all goes to plan, Waterford Winterval 2021 will be ready to rock as normal, and we can put the last 15 months behind us!

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?

Although no dates have been confirmed, if the Waterford Christmas market 2021 dates follow the dates from two years ago (the last time things were ‘normal’), they’ll start around Saturday, November 27th and run until Tuesday, December 23rd.

Is Waterford Winterval going ahead in 2021?

Although nothing has been confirmed, the Waterford Christmas market went ahead in 2020 (at a reduced capacity), so we can be reasonably confident that, all going to plan, they’ll go ahead this year.

Is there much to do at Waterford Winterval?

There’s the different festival attractions (listed above), which many come to see. However, the biggest draw of the markets are the festive buzz that they bring to Ireland’s oldest city.

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