It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas in Waterford!

Winterval is happening, the Xmas lights are on and the shops are open.

Ho ho ho! Yes, Waterford’s magical winter festival is upon us and eventhough some of the bigger Winterval elements are on hold for 2020, there are lots of Xmas events that will be happening from December 4th to December 23rd. And with the welcome re-opening of our favourite shops, cafes and restaurants, it’s not before time that we can spread some Xmas cheer and get into the swing of Christmas! C’mon, let’s see what’s on together and while some events are free, others are ticketed so make sure to book in advance.

Xmas highlights in Waterford

Enchanted Garden - Japanese Gardens-Tramore

Now in its fifth year, the Enchanted Garden is one of the best winter light festivals anywhere. The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Tramore guarantees to transport you to a magical wonderland. Note, slots are filling up fast. Book here

Dates: Dec 11th to Jan 10th. 

Mini Carousel

Something for the little ones to enjoy. Hop onboard the mini carousel at the Apple Market. Note – everything is sanitised between each ride, tickets 2,50.

Panto STREAMS from Theatre Royal Waterford

Catch the popular live pantos Cinderella and Robin Hood where you can stream both shows right to your home from The Theatre Royal. Tickets €10;booking online or 051 874402.

Dates: Dec 12th to 20th

Wilde Garden Experience

Kids will love this wild online puppet show. See two of Oscar Wilde’s best-loved stories, The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant brought to life through puppetry, storytelling and live music. Tickets €10 or book online at or 051 874402.

Date: December 6th

The Snow Queen – Audio Drama for Children

Aimed at age 8 years and up, The Snow Queen is an eight-part audio drama created by Deirdre Dwyer and is bound to be a big hit over the Xmas season with the kids. For 15 euro, you get access to all eight episodes and even get a beautiful pack of illustrated cards sent to your home. Nice!

Polar bear selfie, a photo in front of the awesome Christmas tree, fun on the Helter Skelter slide or a ride on the ferris wheel at night – all for your enjoyment this Xmas.

2020, the year to shop local.

We absolutely love this LEO initiative to help Waterford’s finest craftspeople get their products online at the end of a very difficult year. Click Waterford and buy local; you’ll be glad you did!


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