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Waterford Winterval

  • Santas Grotto at Winterval Festival Waterford © Patrick Browne-Failte Ireland

    Waterford Winterval 2017 Santas Grotto at Winterval Festival Waterford © Patrick Browne-Failte Ireland
  • Carousel at Winterval, Waterford © Tony Quilty-Failte Ireland

    Waterford Winterval 2017 Waterford Winterval 2017 Carousel at Winterval, Waterford © Tony Quilty-Failte Ireland
4 day tour
From £225 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Experience the magical atmosphere of the Waterford Winterval on the build up to Christmas. Meander around the Christmas markets with a hot drink, marvel at the wonderful carol singers or get active on the ice rink! Either way, there are ample festive activities taking place around Ireland’s oldest City, some activities paid locally and others completely free. Why not experience a new side of Christmas at the Waterford Winterval?


Dates throughout Mid November - Mid December 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Depart the UK

Depart your local area and travel to either Holyhead, Pembroke or Fishguard. Cross the Irish sea to either Dublin or Rosslare.

Day 2

Waterford sightseeing, Waterford Crystal & Winterval Festival

Today, after breakfast, enjoy a full day exploring in Waterford. Firstly your guide will meet you for a walking tour of this historic city (weather permitting). Then enjoy a tour of Waterford’s arguably most famous export; Waterford Crystal. See the Crystal Cutters at work and wander around the huge gift shop afterwards and perhaps purchase yourself a memory! In the afternoon, wander around the Winterval festival where you will have the opportunity to visit the Waterford Christmas Markets, see the penguins at Bishops Palace, enjoy a magnificent light show, and coo at the live animal crib, amongst various other attractions*. Afterwards return to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Day 3

Winterval Activities at your leisure

After breakfast, enjoy some more Winterval themed activities. Local payable activities include enjoying a ride on Santa’s horse drawn sleigh, the winter train, ice skating and the fair. Other free activities include Christmas carols and perhaps even a Christmas film*. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 4

Return to the UK

After a hearty Irish Breakfast return back to either Rosslare or Dublin port to commence your journey home via ferry.

Featured Hotels

The Granville Hotel ****

The unbeatable and elegant Granville Hotel in Waterford overlooks the River Suir and is a 5 minute walk from St Patrick’s Cathedral. It offers fantastic hospitality along with air-conditioned rooms with free internet access and an award-winning restaurant which boasts lunch queues out of the door!

Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford ***

Located just a stone’s throw from the shopping, sightseeing and business districts of Waterford City Centre and boasting views of the River Suir, Dooley’s Hotel offers 113 well appointed ensuite guestrooms. Comfortable rooms come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi. The hotel offers an onsite bar and restaurant. No onsite coach parking but coach parking available in Waterford centre.

Treacy’s Hotel , Waterford ***

Treacy’s Hotel, Spa and Leisure Centre is set in the picturesque city of Waterford, ideally located just five minutes’ walk from St Patrick’s cathedral, the Garter Lane Theatre and the Waterford shopping district. This 163 bedroom hotel offers home comfort with all of the hotel essentials. Each room comes with a bath and shower, tea/coffee maker, TV, iron, hairdryer and 24 hour wifi. The hotel also benefits from lift access, disabled rooms and complimentary access to the fully equipped Spirit Leisure Centre, including a 20m swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and drench shower. Whilst here you’ll dine at The Crokers Restaurant, where you can enjoy a wide variety of dishes, all created using the finest, freshest, Irish ingredients in a warm & friendly atmosphere.

*All Winterval attractions are subject to confirmation and schedule changes. Itinerary is for suggestion only and activities may not take place on days as advertised.

Dates 4 days / 3 nights
2022 dates From £225.00 per person
2023 dates Prices on request

Prices include return ferry. If you would like a price travelling by air, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Single room supplement available upon request.

Exchange rate £1 = €1.155 as of March 2021. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire, travel or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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