4/11/2012. Repro Free. News. Pictured launching ‘Winterval’ in Waterford city at Chorister's Hall is Ireland AM’s Anna Daly with Ballerina, Ava Ryan (4), Christmas Fairy, India Lilly Muller (6), Christmas Prince Charming, Robert Jephson (6) and Toy Soldier, Danny McGrath (6) – Ireland’s biggest Christmas Festival takes place in the medieval city from November 30 with details of the festival available on winterval.ie. Picture: Patrick Browne.
Sunday, November 4, 2012.
500,000 Visitors to Descend on Waterford for 'Winterval'
500,000 visitors are expected to visit the city of Waterford later this month as details the inaugural festive festival ‘Winterval’ have been unveiled by Ireland AM’s Anna Daly in the city today (Sunday, November 4).
The twenty-three day festival ‘Winterval’ is the very first of its kind for Ireland’s oldest city and will host a variety of traditional family fun activities from November 30.
The brand new Winterval Festival offers a jam packed schedule of fun filled activities featuring many ‘firsts’ for Ireland including the free ‘Sol Luminiere Lightshow’ a spectacular 3D sound and light show designed especially for Winterval, will light up the Deanery in Cathedral Square each evening during the festival.
For toy lovers young and not so young a free entry ‘Toy Museum’ featuring some first production toys from the 1950’s will be a wonderful trip down memory lane, the museum is curated by Hasbro and they will be featuring some ‘collector item’ toys brought to Ireland especially for the festival. For festivalgoers wishing to get ‘crafty’ the Crafts Council of Ireland will host series of Craft workshops exploring new techniques in Clay, Textiles, Jewellery and Paper Craft.
A uniquely Irish take on Christmas see’s the Waterford Vikings Fado set up camp at Greyfriars Chruch where they will demonstrate the traditions of a Viking Christmas and celebrating the polish culture a ‘Traditional Polish