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Christmas Fun for all the family!

22 fabulously festive things to do this month which will keep everyone happy from toddlers to teens to grandparents!

Enchanted Felbrigg, Felbrigg Hall, Fri 6th – Sun 8th Dec and Fri 13th – Sun 15th Dec, 3 – 9pm

enchanted felbrigg

Follow the winter trail through the gardens and enchanted woodland – music, crafts and tasty winter treats.

Book tickets: Adults £7, Children £3.50. Under 5s free. National Trust members admitted free. Parking £3 for non-National Trust members

Plus – Carols in the Courtyard on 22nd December, 3-4pm. FREE


Twelve Days of Christmas, Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, Fri 6th – Mon 9th/Fri 13th – Mon 16th/ Fri 20th – Mon 23rd December (three trains daily)

santa on the back of a tarin

Hop aboard for a festive steam train ride and travel through North Norfolk’s coastal countryside on the world’s smallest public railway. Hot drinks, breakfast, lunch and afternoon treats available in the Signal Box Cafe.

Book tickets: Adult £9.50, Child £7.50 (return) – booking not essential


Christmas at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, Sat 7th & Sun 8th, Sat 14th & Sun 15th, Fri 20th – Tues 24th December

face painting with an elf

Meet Father Christmas and his elves in his awesome new grotto and enjoy an immersive magical experience for the whole family.

Book tickets: £6.95 per child


Norwich Santa Run 2019, Eaton Park, Sun 8th December 

sea of santa costumes

Don your red suit and hat for the EACH Santa fun run. There’s a 2km Santa run/walk/jog for all the family or for serious Santas – a 5km chip timed run.

Register: £12 Adult, £6 Child, Family £32 (includes Santa suits for adults, Santa/elf hats for kids and medals)


Holkham Hall Candle Light Tour, Holkham, until Wed 18th December 

A truly magical opportunity to see the magnificent state rooms adorned with opulent Christmas decorations and beautiful flickering candlelight. Complimentary glass of Prosecco and a mince pie in the Courtyard Café before your tour. Read our full review HERE.

Book tickets: £25 Adult, Child £12.50


Santa Experience, Junior Farm Wroxham Barns, Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th & 15th and daily from Thursday 19th – Monday 23rd December

A very special ‘Santa Experience’ which promises NO QUEUES! Sing, dance and craft at the Elf Academy – receive an Elf School Diploma and hat before meeting the big man himself for a gift and a magic key to an exclusive undercover Animal Nativity Barn to meet Santa’s reindeer and donkeys.

Book tickets: £10.25 per child, £7.75 for under 2s and includes all-day unlimited access to indoor play and all the other Junior Farm activities.


North Norfolk Railway Santa Special, Sheringham Station, Sat 7th & Sun 8th, Sat 14th & Sun 15th, Fri 20th – Tues 24th December. Departure times: 10:00, 12:05, 14:30 and 16:35

Santa in front of a steam Train

Hop on board a traditional steam train journey – toot, toot! Enjoy festive treats on route before alighting at Santa’s magical Station with over 100 Christmas trees, light displays, decorations and much more.

Book tickets:  £20 – £24 (under 1’s – £10)


Twas the night before Christmas, Strangers Hall, Norwich, Sat 7th & Sat 14th, Fri 20th & Sat 21st December

santa and little boy

Follow the trail of verses from Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem as you explore the beautifully decorated museum – with stories, crafts, costumed characters and of course Santa.

Booking tickets: £8


Christmas at Africa Alive, Kessingland, Sat 7th Dec-Sun 8th Dec, Sat 14th – Sun 15th Dec, Thurs 19th Dec – Thurs 24th December

Africa Alive Christmas

See Santa Claus and enjoy some festive fun including Christmas crafts, animal handling in the Discovery Centre.

Book tickets: £14.95 Adult, £10.95 Child (under 3’s FREE) plus £6.95 to see Santa


Blickling Hall and Garden of Light, until 20th December

Blickling Hall Christmas lights

Start your visit with the  sparkly tree-lined driveway before stepping inside the house to explore the rooms in all their festive splendour. Next – a stroll around the enchanted gardens along the Temple Walk with the fountain and acorns lit up on the Parterre and the West Garden surrounded by firefly lights.

Book tickets:  £14.85 Adult, £7.40 Child


Norwich Cathedral Christmas Choir, Norwich, Fri 13th December, 7.30pm 
choir holding candle
Join Norwich Cathedral Choir for a celebration of Christmas music – all welcome!
Book tickets: £12 -£20 (under 18’s side aisles for £5)


Santa Paws Christmas Fayre, Barnards Farm, Wymondham, Sat 14th December  
dog with santa hat laying in red baubles
Lots of lovely stalls and treats for humans and doggies. Plus a nativity scene for your pooches to dress up – barking Jesus, brilliant!


Pensthorpe Natural Park – A Winter’s Tail, Sat 14th December – Sun 5th January 2020

two mice

Aww cute – learn about the animals that tuck themselves away for a long winters sleep or decide to migrate to a warmer climate. There’ll be a nature trail dotted around the reserve and children will be able to create their very own wintry craft to take home. Plus on 12th & 19th December – late night shopping events with lots of lovely home-ware to locally produced spirits.

Book tickets: £10.95 Adult, £9.95 Child, Under 3’s FREE


Winter Wonderland, Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, December 

Christmas bauble

Follow the Christmas Bauble Trail through the winter woodland and on Sat 14th December visit Father Christmas and his reindeer tucked away among the trees. There will be live music, craft stalls, illuminations and an Elves’ Workshop with Christmas crafts to keep the children busy. Seasonal food in the tearoom and marquee.

Book tickets:  £6.85 for Adult (garden entry), £10 Children to see Santa (included garden entry). Booking essential!


The Nutcracker Live, Various Cinemas in Norfolk, Tues 17th December  
nutcracker ballerina holding a red nutcracker soldier
Get in the mood with this charming and magical production of Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker which has been enchanting children and adults alike since the first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984.
Search cinemas: From £20.75


Ice Age Trail, Holt County Park, Thurs 19th & Fri 20th December 
horse in the mist

Karen Wortley

Explore the Ice Age trail through Holt Country park – the creatures, the animals and the people plus meet Ice Age Father Christmas and his helpers.
Book tickets: £5 Child plus £2 parking


Gressenhall Victorian Christmas, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Thurs 19th & Fri 20th December 
christmas victorian tree fairies
Turn back the clock and enjoy a Victorian Christmas at Gressenhall. Pantomime in the Chapel and scary ghost stories in the Workhouse plus festive crafts and traditional Christmas recipes being prepared on the range. Enjoy a free glass of mulled wine or spiced apple juice with a mince pie as you meet the Dickensian characters. Watch your pockets – the Artful Dodger will be about!
Book tickets: £10 (Museums Pass £9), under 4’s FREE


Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford Steam Museum, until Mon 23rd December

Thursford Christmas

A magical winter wonderland (one of the best) – walk past the animatronic penguins and polar bears to see the giant sized teddy bears ready to load Santa’s sleigh. Next – the busy elves hard at work in the toy factory working the wonderful wrapping machine. Meet the Snowman family but watch out for the snowballs before you make your way through the magical forest to Santa’s House to  meet the man himself.

Book tickets: £18.50 Child, £11.50 Adult


Bure Valley Railway Santa train, Wroxham, until Tues 24th December 

Bure Valley railway and santa

We love a themed railway in Norfolk – this one runs from Wroxham to Santa’s grotto in Alysham and back (approx 3 hours). The station is dressed beautifully in twinkling lights and they’ll be entertainment and festive refreshments for all the family.

Book tickets: £17


The Snowman and the Snowdog Bricklive Tour, Banham Zoo, until Sun 5th Janaury 2020

The Snowman and The Snowdog brick trail is inspired by the much-loved animated film and consists of 16 brick models. On selected dates, Father Christmas will also be making a special appearance in his brand new workshop.

Book tickets: £5


Christmas Afternoon Tea at Norfolk Mead, Barnham Broom Hotel or The Assembly House, December 
christmas afternoon tea
In for a penny – three great places to enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea this December.
The Norfolk Mead – £18.50 per person, or £32 for a Champagne Afternoon Tea with a glass of Laurent Perrier
Barnham Broom –  £15.95 per person or upgrade and have a Christmas cocktail for £7
Assembly House – £22.95 for one/£45 for two or £26 pp in a private dining room. Add a glass of champagne for £8.50

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