The programme for Waterford city’s Winterval 2019 series of events has been launched, with a brand-new interactive Wizards and Dragons exhibition taking centre stage.

Featuring animatronic dragons, Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas festival taking place from 23rd November – 23rd December, will be the first location in Ireland to host the Wizards + Dragons exhibition.

Attracting over 500,000 visitors each year, the programme for Winterval will also see Santa’s Grotto returning to Choristers Hall and Undercroft, located at Waterford’s Medieval Museum.

Festival Director Tommie Ryan said: “Christmas is all about magic, and what is more magical than mythical creatures and some wonderful wizardry. Wizards + Dragons, running from 29th November to 5th January at Waterford City Hall, The Mall, will give visitors of all ages the chance to immerse themselves in another world, building an awareness of mythology and culture, and harnessing the power of imagination.”

Further highlights include a never-before-seen free festive wonderland by street theatre company, Spraoi. Spraoi na Nollag will be held during Winterval at Constitution Square. Further new events include a free Outdoor Cinema at The Applemarket, with The Polar Express on Saturdays and It’s A Wonderful Life on Sundays. There will also be a Star Flyer at the Tower Hotel for the first time.

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