Christmas is almost upon us and the good news is despite the year we have had; Christmas is still very much going ahead, albeit with some changes! Waterford is always a hive of activity at Christmas time with the Winterval festival; a hit with all the family! This year, although different, there will be plenty of Christmas cheer around Waterford as Winterval offers both free and ticketed events. The popular Winterval Eye & Helter Skelter will be operating as well as illuminating Waterford, The Snow Queen (audio drama for children), the vintage Ferris Wheel and lots more! When shopping in Waterford watch out for the gorgeous Christmas window displays as part of ‘’windows of Winterval’’. All information can be found on www.winterval.ie. Waterford, like many other cities around Ireland offer some lovely gift ideas for the festive season. Supporting local is now more important than ever so here are some real gems that we have come across!
Gift Idea #1
Candles are always a lovely treat! Mills candles are based in Waterford have a lovely range which are sold in some local stores and online. The really special feature about these candles is they natural, recyclable, re-usable or ethically sourced materials and have 100% natural soy wax, wicks made from cotton and paper and the oils used to produce the scent are a mix of essential oils and high-quality fragrance oils which are also vegan, paraben & phatalate free. 5% of the profits from the wholesale side of Milis business are also being donated to the Irish Cancer Society which is also really lovely! They also have a beautiful ‘Christmas Gift Box’ available to buy on the website.
Gift Idea #2
After the closure of the Waterford Crystal Factories in Waterford a team of master craftsman came together to create a company and so The Irish Handmade Glass Company, based in Waterford City, was born. The company have stockists all around the country but the products can also be bought online on their website Based in the Heart of the city in The Viking Triangle the master craftsman welcome visitors to their studio as they continue to make beautiful pieces; keeping their craft alive.
Gift Idea #3
We all enjoy hampers at Christmas time so why not support local small batch Irish Producers?! Ardkeen Stores based on the Dunmore Road in Waterford, offer beautiful Hampers concentrating on local small batch producers. The hampers range from €32.50 to €400 and cater for all budgets in between. The carefully selected hampers are named as local place names such as the ‘Ardmore Hamper’, ‘Annestown hamper’, ‘Portally Hamper’ and lots more. The hampers can be ordered online by clicking here, you can have them delivered directly to your door or to your loved ones door as a gift.
Gift Idea #4
Adventure 001 Ireland has a base in Waterford and offer helicopter flights- what better gift?! They have packages to suit everyone from a 10 km ‘Helicopter buzz with chocolates & bubbly’ to a ‘Waterford Viking Triangle Discovery Day’. If it is something adventurous and different you are looking for it really is a lovely gift. You can purchase gift vouchers if you are not so sure what which package your loved one would like.
Gift Idea #5
Viking Hotel Gift Vouchers – The Viking Hotel is based on the outskirt of Waterford with easy access to main routes while avoiding city traffic. The newly refurbished hotel is stylish and comfortable with a beautiful Restaurant & Bar on site. The Wooden Pestle Restaurant & Bar offers tasty dishes from Speciality sandwiches and Salads to daily Roast Dinner and all in between! Gift Vouchers purchased can be any amount from €25 and used for Hotel Accommodation for that well-earned break or for meals in the beautiful Wooden Pestle Restaurant & Bar.
Click here to purchase your vouchers online.
Whether you’re here for sightseeing, to cycle the gorgeous Waterford Greenway or for a romantic trip to the city, you’ll likely find time for some retail therapy in Waterford. Waterford is a hidden gem for shopping along Irelands Ancient East and you’ll find everything from big brands to local craft shops and everything in between. Here is our guide to shopping in Waterford whether you’re here to find a bargain or just love to browse.
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