Winterval in Waterford, Ireland’s Largest Christmas Festival | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 62

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Waterford Winterval - Ireland Christmas FestivalIt's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Ireland! Join Jody as she chats with Tommie Ryan, the festival director of Ireland's largest Christmas festival: Winterval in Waterford.
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The Ireland Christmas Festival Winterval

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(1:19) Winterval in Waterford

Ireland is relatively new to Christmas festivals and markets.

2018 marks the 7th year of Winterval, Ireland's largest Christmas Festival.

Ireland Christmas Festival - Waterford Winterval
Winterval, Ireland's biggest Christmas festival that is taking place in Waterford city.

Over 6 weeks of festivities, mainly on weekends.

(4:05) Ireland's Largest Christmas Festival

Ireland's Christmas Capital of Winterval runs 6 week and transforms the entire city of Waterford.

Waterford is a very walk able city, you could park in a single location and just meander through the city and its attractions in addition to the festival.

Winterval has over 60 events in 2018. View the events calendar. Illuminations, markets, events, and more.

Sproai (spree) Winter Wonderland is a new highlight this year.

Spraoi's Winter Wonderland - Waterford Winterval
Free Winter Wonderland attraction by award-winning street theatre company, Spraoi will be unveiled at Ireland’s largest Christmas festival, Winterval.

Multiple Christmas markets within the festival, as well as plenty of tasty treats!

Learn more about the Waterford Greenway in Episode 43

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