With the festive season fast approaching, Waterford is full of Christmas cheer. The city is full of the joys of Winterval and magic is in the air throughout the county as Waterford offers a jam packed programme of events that guarantee festive fun for all the family.
 
All aboard the Santa Express!
The Santa Express is back at Waterford Suir Valley Railway in Kilmeaden from November 26th to December 22nd. This family experience is guaranteed to get your Christmas on the right track. You will take a 30 minute train journey along the Greenway overlooking the River Suir. You will meet Mrs Claus and friends along the way. When you return to the station you will get a chance to meet the man himself and he may even have something on his sleigh for you!
For more information, departure times and booking visit: https://www.wsvrailway.ie/event/santa-express/
 
A Visit to Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens will light up your Christmas
Now in its 8th year the Enchanted Garden Winter Lights festival in Tramore is a festive favourite, and is one of the few of its kind in Ireland. Experience the magic as the globally renowned gardens transport you to a magical realm where you can meet the winter fairy, explore the gardens, admire the breathtaking lights and enjoy a rest by the open fire with hot chocolate and cookies. For more information visit: https://www.lafcadiohearngardens.com/winter-lights/
 
What is Christmas without a Classic Christmas Movie?
There is nothing quite like a Christmas movie to get you feeling festive. Well you're in for a treat when visiting Waterford this December as Christmas movies will be on show in a number of locations countywide. The pop up movie club is back at the historic Christ Church Cathedral on the 16th and 17th of December and will be showing some of your favourite Christmas classics including Home Alone, P.S. I Love You and Elf.

For more information visit: https://www.thepopupmovieclub.ie/waterfordchristchurch

Lismore Heritage Centre will be showing Home Alone this December also and tickets will be FREE.For more information visit:  www.discoverlismore.com/events

Visit Mount Congreve Gardens on December 9th to catch Miracle on 34th Street in the school room. For more information visit: https://mountcongreve.com/event/christmas-move-miracle-on-34th-street/
 
Christmas Crafting
Get crafty this Christmas and take part in some of the wonderful workshops in the historic Mount Congreve Gardens. With so many options to choose from including wreath making, calligraphy, tablescaping and candle making.
For more information visit: https://mountcongreve.com/event/festive-candle-making-workshop/
Pop into Christ Church Cathedral from December 8th-16th and get in the festive spirit by creating a magical Christmas display, or come along and enjoy the scenes. 
For more information visit: https://www.christchurchwaterford.com/event-details/yuletide-scenes-christ-church-cathedral
 
Looking for something to do between Christmas and New Year!  Lismore Heritage Centre will be open 27th 28th and 29th December.  Keep an eye on our socials for movie information, or book our Escape Room for some family fun over the holiday season. For more information visit: www.discoverlismore.com/events
 
Visit Santa
Santa Claus is looking forward to seeing all the boys and girls of Waterford over the coming weeks, he will be at:
The Gingerbread House at Winterval in Waterford City until December 23rd. 
For more information visit: https://winterval.ie/event/santas-gingerbread-house
Ardmore Open Farm and Mini Zoo until December 23rd
For more information visit: https://ardmoreopenfarm.ie/visit-santa-christmas/
 
The Christmas Spirit
Revolution Whiskey Bar presents a Keepers Heart Irish & American Whiskey Tasting hosted by Global Ambassador Gerard Garland, tasting the component Whiskeys that make up Keepers Heart Irish & American Whiskey. Join them on the 7th of December at 7.30pm to help raise funds for the Waterfords Lions Club Christmas Hamper Appeal. There may also be a taste of their new 10yo! “Our Home is in Minnesota and our Heart is in Ireland”.

For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keepers-heart-whiskey-tasting-with-ger-garland-tickets-752204984357?aff=oddtdtcreator
 
Make the most of the holidays in Waterford with a wide range of festive menus prepared by some of Ireland’s top chefs, luxury accommodation and many cozy bars to visit for a festive tipple. To learn more about what's on offer this Christmas head over to www.visitwaterford.com.