Discover Ireland’s Oldest City: Top Waterford Shopping and Accommodation Ideas

Waterford shopping spots

If you’re still planning your Christmas getaway, add Waterford to your list. Our beautiful county has everything you need for a festive break including great dining options, excellent shopping and plenty of Christmas cheer at Winterval.

Viking Hotel Waterford offers guests comfort, flexibility and the perfect location to enjoy the Christmas festivities and escape to an oasis of calm for a great night’s sleep. It’s a busy season for hotels so book your stay as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Our best available rates and special offers are exclusively available on our website.


Christmas shopping in Waterford is unlike anywhere else. We emphasise local, quality goods while still having a great selection of high street and luxury brands too. You’ll find something for all tastes and budgets in Waterford from locally-made gifts to designer clothing.

Waterford’s main shopping area is John Robert’s Square which has great brands like Footlocker, Argos, Penny’s, Boots, Tommy Hilfiger, Pamela Scott and Starbucks. Down lanes and side streets, you’ll find independent shops and hidden gems like The Irish Handmade Glass Company, Finders Keepers, BÉBHÍNN, Kite Design Studio and many more.

You can also visit the home of the world-famous Waterford Crystal and see how these beautiful pieces are made. A trip to Waterford is a one-stop shop for all of your Christmas shopping needs.


This year we’re delighted to welcome back the Winterval Festival complete with a Christmas Market. The Christmas market is a great way to get to know some local brands you might not find in shops.

If you’d prefer to touch and feel gifts, instead of buying online, take a trip to Waterford and to the best Christmas market in Ireland this year, Winterval. You’ll find some truly unique gifts, souvenirs and keepsakes for yourself or your family and the perfect stocking fillers.

While you shop, your senses will be filled with festive lights, Christmas carols, and many tasty food and drink options with both local and international cuisines. Best of all, you’re supporting local, independent businesses and encouraging their creative spirit.


This year, Winterval isn’t just about the Christmas market. There is a whole schedule of events taking part in Waterford to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Iconic Ice Rink returns to The Quay for Winterval’s 10th year and promises a great (and often hilarious) day out for young and old. Santa’s Magical Virtual Reality Sleigh Ride will excite and delight you and give you an idea of what it’s like to travel through the night sky with the big man himself. You can meet Santa in person in his magical new cabin in Central Station in the heart of Waterford city centre.

There are plays and shows, carol singing and live performances, Christmas parties and family fun all at Winterval this year. Buy tickets or check the schedule on their official website or on their social media.


Hotel special offers are hard to find these days, especially over the busy Christmas season. Viking Hotel want to treat our guests to the full Waterford experience this year with our shop and stay package.

Arrive at the hotel and park your car for free in our on-site car park. Check into a double or twin room, enjoying the comfort and luxury and a complimentary drink to thank you for booking direct. Use our complimentary Wi-Fi to read our blogs or our suggested itineraries for inspiration for things to do in Waterford. Enjoy a comfortable sleep and a full Irish Breakfast in the Wooden Pestle Restaurant the next morning as part of your package.

Head out for the day shopping and enjoy Winterval and the Christmas market. Before you head home, we’ll treat you to tea, coffee and scones as a last treat.

Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for Viking Hotel Waterford, a modern hotel located 4km from the historic Waterford city, the oldest city in Ireland. Aside from traveling itself, this lady also enjoys writing friendly tips and tricks about travel, food, and lifestyle. 

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