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Waterford Winterval 2014- and Santa arrives on an Iceberg!

Santa arrives at Waterford Winterval 2014and greets child

Santa arrives at Waterford Winterval 2014 and greets the children

Santa Arrives on an ICEBERG to Open Waterford Winterval 2014!

Ireland’s Waterford City puts on a magical Winterval festival. I’ve been lucky enough to attend each one, & I highly recommend you take a trip to Waterford Winterval 2014!

So fun! Santa Claus arrived via a giant iceberg on November 21 to open Winterval, and Ireland’s biggest Christmas festival will run right through to the 23 of December 2014. Santa switched on the city’s Christmas lights and greeted the boys and girls excited waiting to see their favorite jolly ol’ elf.

Santa’s iceberg floated down to Ireland from the North Pole, and when he set sail on his iceberg earlier in the week, he specially selected a crew of friendly Viking elves to steer him to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest Viking city. (Founded in 914!) Santa also brought a gift to Waterford; a half ton block of ice towed from the North Pole to present to the House of Waterford Crystal!  The team there along with some professional Ice-Sculptors are creating ice and crystal Sculptures which will be unveiled at the Winterval Ice Rink on Saturday 29 November. They will form the centerpiece of the Ice Rink for the duration of the festival, so check it out and maybe go have an ice skate, too!

Santa said, “I am delighted to meet all of the boys and girls at Winterval today, it is my favourite place to be in preparation for our busiest time of the year and I am very excited to see this wonderful North Pole Ice-Sculpture set to be created with the wonderful Waterford Crystal.”

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House of Waterford Crystal’s David McCoy  said, “We are delighted to be working with the Winterval Festival. It is a great opportunity to create a new piece of artwork using Ice and Crystal for the first time, the sculptures will be wonderfully unique and will capture the festive season and the heritage of Waterford.”

The Winterval festival has over 32 trail events; 18 of which are free!

A 3D Lightshow commissioned especially for Winterval has the Grinch’s plot to ruin Winterval; but fear not, Santa arrives just in time to save the day ;-D The 3D show will be projected on to the front of the Old Deanery building, and runs every half hour during the festival open days ’til December 23.

Some other highlights include a Helter Skelter, Snow-Globe, the Hasbro Toy Museum, Penguins at The Palace, a free movie theatre showing ‘Frozen’, Storytelling at Reginald’s Tower, Craft Making Workshops, a giant Winterval Post Box, a South Pole Enchanted Garden, and -whew!- even more! Visitors wishing to journey through the City Trail, the Winterval Express Train as well as the Horse Drawn Sleigh Stations are the place to head to for a trip. A group our friends and I go every year, and I reckon Waterford Winterval truly is full of magical enjoyment for all ages.

Have a look at Santa’s arrival at Waterford Winterval 2014, and get a feel for what you’ll be enjoying there. Christmas cheer for sure!

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