Winterval is Coming
International Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher will join Santa and the Mayor for the launch of Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas festival, this Saturday (November 17) in Waterford city.
The trio will arrive from 4.15pm at John Roberts Square to turn on the city’s Christmas lights at 5pm, with music provided by local band, Brass & Co. WLR FM will broadcast live from the event.
Kicking off festivities this Saturday from 2.30pm, Santa’s elves will hit the streets of Waterford city for an exclusive “Golden Ticket” giveaway — offering free entry to some of Winterval’s top attractions. Clues for the giveaway will be promoted on Winterval’s social media channels this week.
Not available for purchase, the golden tickets provide access for two adults and two children to the festival’s Enchanted Christmas, a brand-new Santa experience at the Old Postal Sorting Centre; the Winterval Express Train and Sleigh; Winterval on Ice; and rides on the Waterford Eye, Carousel and Helter Skelter.
“We’d encourage everyone to keep an eye out on Winterval’s social media — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — in the lead up to Saturday for clues on where the elves will be in Waterford that day,” said Festival Director Tommie Ryan in a statement.
Over 500,000 visitors are expected to attend Winterval 2018, running from November 17 to December 23. There will be more than 60 free and ticketed events at Ireland’s Christmas Capital, including a brand new Santa experience.
Running across the Festival is the Winterval Illuminates Christmas Light Show at Cathedral Square, a light show with music which takes place every half hour from 5pm on Winterval days. There is also an opportunity to have breakfast and afternoon tea with Santa at No.9 Café in December; a Christmas Cinema Club at The Reg; and Christmas markets at Cathedral, Constitution and Arundel Squares.
There will be a Black Friday Weekend in Waterford from Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25 celebrating Christmas shopping in Waterford city. There will be live radio broadcasts from WLR FM and Beat 102-103, as well as selfie stations, competitions and gifts for shoppers.
For more, visit the festival’s site here.