A Narnia Christmas, by Broken Theatre. Image: winterval.ie

Congratulations to IWTN member town Waterford, which was recently named ‘European City of Christmas for 2024′

Waterford was commended by the international judging committee as “an extraordinary jewel of Christmas harmony and aesthetics”. Winterval, the city’s annual Christmas festival, is now in its 11th year and includes everything from Waterford on Ice to a funfair, circus, music and theatre and a Polish Christmas village.


Not to be outdone, many of our other member towns also have festive events programmed:

Christmas market in the shadow of Kilkenny Castle. Image: yulefestkilkenny.ie

In Kilkenny, Yulefest is an annual festival that runs from late November til Christmas Eve. This year’s festival features music, street entertainment, fireworks and much more – including the much-loved Christmas Tree Festival in St. Canice’s Cathedral.


Street performers in Limerick city. Image: limerick.ie







There’s also a full programme of events in Limerick, with aerial acrobatics, ice skating and circus performances, street shows, Santa visits and pantos all featuring.


As well as these bigger festivals and events there are a host of smaller local events taking place in towns and villages around the network.

Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to organising events in their town this December. Hosting events and generating footfall in historic towns is an important contributor to town regeneration, at any time of year.

Athenry Heritage Centre held their annual Nollaig Beo event in December.

In Youghal, Cork County Council held two Christmas markets.

Kells Colmcille 1500 held an event to mark St. Colmcille’s birthday on December 7th as well as some beautiful new illuminations.