Waterford Winterval 2022: what’s happening this year?

The Winterval Festival will be in party mode for each weekend of the 10th annual festival and in addition to the festival’s recurring event schedule, a unique fun and festive event is planned each weekend from November 18-23.

Opening the festivities on November 10 will see Waterford enjoy Ireland’s first Christmas parade. It will start at 5:00 p.m. from the Clock Tower and go up through Barronstrand Street and John Roberts Square, continue through Broad Street and finish at the top of Michael Street at 5:45 p.m.

The parade will feature festival highlights including the Gerbola Circus, City of Waterford Brass, the cast of ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’ from Waterford Panto and the new Winterval Mini Express train. There will also be visitors from the North Pole, some of the baddest elves in the big man, Mrs. Claus and of course, the big Marshall will of course be the main man, Santa Claus. When the parade arrives on the main stage, Santa Claus will officially open the festival, alongside the Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John O’Leary, and light up Winterval by turning on the town’s Christmas lights.

On November 27, Waterford’s Newest Comic Convention goers will be on offer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., providing a packed day in store at the Waterford Tower Hotel, with special guests, plenty of vendors and performers, interactive props and a cosplay contest.

On Sunday 4th December the Blue Lights Parade will arrive in the city with sirens and lights on as they travel from Bilberry at 3pm and parade down The Quay to the shopping center and onto Parnell Street where it will turn left into Johnstown and in the waterfront parking lot where they will remain until 8 p.m. To delight Winterval visitors, emergency services teams will give families the chance to get up close and personal with rescue trucks, bikes, cars, boats, motors and more. This event is for the benefit of the little blue heroes.

On Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. on Gladstone Street, the Jingle Bells cycling event will be offered and cyclists are encouraged to put on Christmas jumpers, turn on their bikes with as many lights as they can manage and ride in the city. for a cycle of soft novelties in the city centre. This is a short 2 km family cycle route suitable for children aged 6 and over. To register your group, please fill out a form on Winterval.ie before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7. This event is supported by Active Cities.

On Sunday, December 18 at 6 p.m., the farming community will join forces to light up the city with their sparkling tractors and farm machinery with a fun tractor parade that will take place through the streets of the city. Visitors can admire a Deere or aspire to be as chic as a Massey as they enjoy the display of shiny tractors and twinkling lights at 6 p.m. on the dock. Suir Garages, Waterford, are supporting this event.

The final weekend of Winterval sees BuskAid take place on December 22. The city will be alive with live music around the corner from the event as professional musicians take to the streets to raise funds for Tinteán Housing, a homeless charity based in Waterford. BuskAid is Ireland’s first city-wide busk for the homeless charity.

In addition to the special anniversary weekend events, a full program of Winterval Festival events will take to the streets and venues across the city from November 18-23. Highlights include a gigantic, magical talking mailbox with a post-collection elf show every weekend, a magic mirror room and a host of free children’s workshops, a free shadow puppet show as well than the magical lights of GLOW New Street Gardens. The Winterval Illuminates light show is offered every half hour, the ice rink on the town quay to the vintage ferris wheel in Arundel Square, a vintage carousel, the Waterford Eye, the Winterval Mini Express train, a walk experience in Santa’s sleigh plus a magician and the interactive Dragon exhibit. Additionally, there will be Santa Paws for the doggies and the Gerbola Circus will host a festive circus show every weekend.

Santa Claus will take center stage at the festival in the heart of the city on Broad Street at Santa Claus Central Station. There will be live music on stage each weekend in Waterford’s cultural quarter with a mix of community and professional acts serving as the perfect backdrop for the wonderful Winterval Christmas Market held in a series of wooden chalets attractive through the spine of Ireland’s oldest city in the cultural quarter.

Waterford’s heritage is in a prime position with Déise Medieval which will host a traditional Viking settlement. A Winterval by night program will be offered at The Reg alongside their World Cup fan zone, as well as Christmas concerts at the Cathedral and music at the Waterford Crystal.

The complete program of the Winterval Festival is available to view and book online at www.winterval.ie

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