The 2018 programme for Winterval, Ireland's largest Christmas festival, has been launched, and is set to feature over 60 free and ticketed events across Waterford city.
Attracting over 500,000 visitors each year, Winterval takes place this year from 17th November - 23rd December. New attractions for 2018 include Enchanted Christmas, a new Santa experience at the Old Postal Sorting Centre, and the free 12 Days of Christmas, taking place across Waterford city. Twelve events — from spoken word to street theatre — will run during the festival, each representing a gift from the song.
Newly appointed Winterval Festival Director, Tommie Ryan, said: “We’re delighted to present the new jam-packed programme for the seventh annual Winterval festival. Along with new attractions, we welcome back some family favourites such as Winterval Illuminates, the Christmas light show on Cathedral Square.
“There will also be fantastic markets, selfie stations, the Winterval Express Train and Sleigh, and a 600sqm ice rink at the Waterside carpark with Winterval on Ice. To top it off, this year there is a new Christmas attraction by the award-winning Waterford street arts and spectacle company, Spraoi, at Wyse Park.”
Other highlights include the return of the Waterford Eye, the big wheel on Merchants Quay. A VIP experience on the attraction is available, which includes warm blankets, chocolates and prosecco, or non-alcoholic fizz for children’s groups.
Other performances include Handel’s Messiah, performed by the City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra and the Notable Works Chorus at St John’s Church on 2nd December; a free Lions Club Christmas Carol Service at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on 15th December, and two special concerts at City Hall on 17th November and 17th December.
Waterford Rotary Club Memorial Christmas Tree Appeal will support Waterford Hospice on John Roberts Square. At the Cartamundi Giving Tree at Georges Court Shopping Centre, for every homemade decoration hung, a donation of a toy to the St Vincent de Paul will be made by Cartamundi, the Waterford-based games manufacturer.