Your Weekend’s Sorted at Winterval

There’s something for everyone at the weekends during Winterval so bookmark these fun, free events—suitable for little kids and big kids alike.

Ben Hennessy will present a new Shadow Puppetry Show at the GLOW Gardens at Winterval on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings during the festival. Shadow play, also known as shadow puppetry, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment, which uses flat cut-out figures that are held between a source of light and a translucent screen. In the beautiful setting of GLOW, Winterval’s fairy light garden in the heart of Waterford City, Ben and his crew will take visitors on a magical journey through a story of childhood imagination. Each show is 20 minutes long and is free of charge.


Winterval @ The Applemarket

There will be a free show at the Apple Market each weekend (Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m.). Sponsored by WAMA & Theatrebox, the show will engage with young spectators who can take part in the collection of Santa’s post. Let the little elves and helpers from the WAMA (Waterford Academy of Music & Arts) and TheatreBox collect your special lists and drive them off to the North Pole. The post box will snow, breath smoke, blare music, have magical sound effects, and it will illuminate the mirrored ceiling of the Apple Market.

Santas Postbox

All the children at the show will have a chance to help shrink the gazillions of letters that are stored in the post box so that the elves (on specially commissioned quad bikes with Toby Wagon trailers) can drive away with the post on board. 

Join Winterval’s Resident Storyteller Kitty Cabooble for a selection of songs and stories. Her repertoire mixes classic fairy tales, folktales, myths, legends, songs and tunes to entertain all ages. Kitty Caboodle has been the resident storyteller at the Winterval Festival since 2017 and has also visited many of the city of Waterford schools and libraries to tell her stories. This event will take place at The Book Centre in John Roberts Square every Saturday and Sunday from the 26th of November at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. This is a free event and booking is not required.​

Waterford Winterval Main Stage

The Winterval Live Stage will offer 20 Days of Live Performances during the festival. Visitors can kick back to the live musicians, bands, comedians, magicians, and performance ensembles on The Winterval Main Stage on O’Connell Street, in the heart of the Winterval Market. Highlights include music from Deise Brass, High Hopes Choir, comedy from Totally Wired, magic and street performance from Jack Wise and many more. This takes place each weekend of the festival from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Winterval Main Stage

​ For more information on Winterval, see here.

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