With Christmas only a few weeks away, there’s plenty of options for things to do with the family during the upcoming festive season. Family days out to the shops and trips to Ireland’s best Christmas markets are just some of the activities for families to consider over the coming weeks. If you’re looking for one final family break for 2017 then look no further than Waterford, and the fabulous Waterford Winterval festival. Running from Friday, 17th November, to Friday, 23rd December, here are seven reasons to consider visiting Waterford Winterval, and Ireland’s oldest city, this Christmas.
7 Reasons to Take the Family to Waterford Winterval
1 Winterval Christmas Market
Recently featured in our list of 6 great Christmas markets to visit in Ireland, the Waterford Winterval Christmas Market is reason enough to get yourself along to the Crystal County this Christmas. Spread across three streets, the market showcases some of the finest local food and crafts producers, along with some treats from further afield.
2 Family Ice Rink
There’s something special about skating outdoors on the ice, and Waterford Winterval has two rinks to keep the family entertained this Christmas. With a large rink and a smaller kids’ rink, you’re sure to have lots of entertainment and hours of endless fun skating around the rink. The kid’s rink is aged 3-10 with special penguin skating aids to help your kids out.
3 Waterford Illuminates
One of the highlights of Winterval, the Waterford Illuminates production is a daily light show with music that is sure to entertain the whole family, especially younger kids. The spectacular light show runs every 30 minutes from Friday to Sunday, and all week leading up to Christmas (15th – 23rd).
4 Giant Snow Globe
The perfect festive family photo, step inside a giant snow globe and capture a wonderful memory of your trip with your own family snow globe image.
5 Christmas Panto
Christmas panto is always a great day out for the family, and Waterford Winterval will certainly have you all thoroughly entertained this year. The panto of choice this Christmas is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Tony Corcoran, Brenda Giles and Paula Weldon.
6 Festive Ferris Wheel
Waterford’s original Ferris Wheel is another hit with visitors to Winterval, and a must-see if you’re planning a weekend break to Waterford over the coming weeks. Located near the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal, a trip on the Ferris Wheel will also provide you with great views of the Christmas Market, and indeed Waterford City.
7 Feel-Good Factor
With so many great events (both free and paid for), there’s a real feel-good factor in Waterford during Winterval. Get into the Christmas spirit by taking a short family break to Waterford. With so much on offer, it could quickly become an annual outing.
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