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Waterford Winterval Christmas Market – Ireland

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Dates : November 17th to December 23rd 2018

Winterval Christmas Market

The streets of Waterford will be transformed with the sights, sounds and aromas of a traditional Christmas market.
You’ll find food stalls serving treats including hot chocolate and crepes, so you can keep up your energy levels as you wander through craft and gift stalls in search of that perfect Christmas gift.

Why not take the time to visit the popular Waterford Local Market, the market traditionally trades in John Roberts Square and will be located on George’s Street for the duration of Winterval, they look forward to meeting their existing customers and welcoming new customers to their market during Winterval.

John Roberts Square – The Heart of Winterval

John Roberts Square is named after the 18th century architect, whose work made a significant impact on the city.

So it seems quite fitting that the heart of Winterval is located in this leafy open pedestrianised area, to accommodate the Rotary Memorial Ribbon Tree, the choirs, the carousel, the nativity Crib and Santa’s Giant Post box – we’ve managed to squeeze it all into the heart of the city.

Activities include :
The Christmas Carousel – Santa’s Post Box – Carol Singing – Crib at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity
Winterval Express Train

Hop on board the magical “Winterval Express”, a road train that takes you on an enthralling half hour journey through the historic streets of Waterford. Chug past the Winterval attractions; the Giant Postbox and Carousel, the Giant Christmas Tree, The Bishop’s Palace, Theatre Royal, Santa’s Grotto, Reginald’s Tower, Winterval Christmas Market, the Animal Farm, Viking Yule and the Polish Christmas Village.

Winterval on Ice – The large Ice Rink provides fun for all the family

Winterval Illuminates – the spectacular 3D light and sound show.

Santa’s Grotto – Santa loves Winterval and this year he’s going to be in the atmospheric 13th century Medieval Museum! Meet the charming Mrs Claus with her mischievous elves and enter the magical winter garden. This visit to Santa is simply unmissable!


Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.

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Christmas Recipes

Food plays a very important part in the season of Goodwill and Festive Cheer. Here we have a selection of recipes from around the globe which we hope will help you to prepare for Christmas.

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Discover all you need to know about the history of Silent Night, the Lyrics and listen to Silent Night

Discovwer all about St Nicholas. Find out who he was, how he become a saint and why he is associated with Christmas. Discover St Nicholas here

Find Puzzles, word searches, letters to print of for Santa plus much more here, in the Kids Corner

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