18 November 2015
November 20, 2015 / December 23, 2015 - All Day
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Now firmly established in the Irish festive calendar, Winterval offers the perfect reason to visit Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. From November 20 to December 23, there is an abundance of free events to tempt all the family, including Christmas markets in three locations and a ‘Bad Santa’ theatrical curio at the refurbished Ballybricken Stand. Ticketed events include a vintage ferris wheel and a horse-drawn sleigh.
Over 30 attractions were announced for this year’s Winterval including firm family favourites such as the Singing Christmas Tree, Christmas Sleigh, the Toy Museum featuring a ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Transformers’ theme and Viking settlement in addition to some brand new exciting attractions! It was a case of ‘Snakes Alive’ with the announcement of the wonderful new National Reptile Zoo at Winterval which was heralded at the launch via an appearance by a Burmese Python and handler James Hennessy. Luckily, Santa himself dropped by to meet everyone and to warn all the snakes in advance that he’d be on the lookout for any slippery behaviour during the Festival which takes place from November 20th – December 23rd.
Other new attractions include a fantastic new light show with special appearances by both Santa and official Winterval Ambassador Keith Barry. Attendees were treated to a sneak preview of the show which was created by local Visual Artist John Loftus from Every Event, and which Winterval Organiser’s promise will ‘rock your socks off’! A number of free WLR Music concerts were also been confirmed for Cathedral Square.
Additionally, details of an extension to the wonderful Winterval market were announced which will be situated in Arundel Square whilst the City’s historic Ballybricken will play host to an exciting new ice-slide and live Animal Crib. Ballybricken will also stage a special production of ‘Bad Santa’ by Children’s Grouplink in addition to a wonderful Kiddies Funfair. A full list of all established and new attractions is available on http://www.winterval.ie