Because there’s so much more to December than just Christmas…. oh no there isn’t, oh yes there is! Here’s our Muddy Guide with all the fun things to do this month in Norfolk.
Sleeping Beauty, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Mon 17th – Mon 31st December
Oh yes, it is…it’s Panto season! Head along to King’s Lynn Corn Exchange for traditional family entertainment and laughter. All together now: he’s behind yoooooou!
Beauty & The Beast, Sheringham Little Theatre, Mon 17th December – Tues 1st January
Sit back and let Sheringham Little Theatre take you on an enchanted journey with the classic tale of Beauty & The Beast. There’ll be singing, dancing and giggles galore – everything you want from a panto performance, plus a few surprises along the way….
Elf The Musical, Norwich Playhouse, Mon 17th – Sat 22nd December
You’ve seen the film: now watch the performance! Elf The Musical is a theatrical extravaganza of music, dance and song through the snowy world of the North Pole and Santa’s workshop. You don’t get more Christmas cheer than that!
Aladdin, Theatre Royal Norwich, Mon 17th December – Sunday 13th January
With an all-star cast of famous faces, the Theatre Royal Panto promises to bring the mystic Far East to our Norfolk doorsteps with its sparkling set, colourful costumes and very colourful humour! The panto is always THE family event of the festive season and this year, it’s no exception. Book your tickets now and let the magic of Christmas really begin.
Carols In The Pub with Cawston Brass Band, The Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Mon 17th December
Prefer your Christmas carols in a less formal setting? If the pub is your church, then the Fat Cat Brewery Tap (Norfolk CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2018) is the place to be! Mince pies, more beer than you can shake a candy-cane at and the Cawston Brass Band playing all your favourite traditional festive songs throughout the evening. That’s our type of carol concert!
The Snowflake Extravaganza, Cathedral Of St John The Baptist, Norwich, Mon 17th December
The beautiful interior of the Roman Catholic Cathedral will be transformed into a Snowflake Extravaganza for Break Charity as hundreds of whirling snowflakes fill the air. With a festive market, carols, Father Christmas and mince pies, this is your chance to enjoy the magic of Christmas and support a very good cause too.
How Hill Christmas Carol Concerts, Mon 17th & Tues 18th December
The halls of How Hill have been decked out in boughs of holly and are waiting to welcome visitors for mulled wine, mince pies and carols! Perfect if you like your Christmas to be traditional, warm and welcoming. We can almost hear the sleigh bells.
NAC Christmas Party For Families, Norwich Arts Centre, Thurs 20th December
Norwich Arts Centre hosts its annual alternative Christmas party for all the family with games, storytelling, lollipop-making and festive singalongs. Fun for all ages – but if that’s not enough, the adults-only event carries on afterwards and late into the night too….
The Squirrel Sisters’ Sensational Christmas Drag, Holiday Inn Norwich, Thurs 20th December
You saw them on The X Factor – now see them here in Norwich! The Squirrel Sisters are back with special guest CJ, and they’re ready to make your world that little bit more fabulous, darling! There’ll be singing, dancing and outrageous heels – and as we all know, you can’t beat a good stiletto…
Christmas Carols, The White Horse, Brancaster, Fri 21st December
Carol singing in a warm cosy pub while raising money for Macmillan – sounds positively wonderful. This lovely tradition has been running for 15 years and raised over £35,000.
Tickets £1.00 at the bar and half time snacks FABULOUS!
Christmas Shop & Drop, OPEN Norwich, Fri 21st December
Having a nightmare before Christmas? OPEN might just be the answer to all your last-minute shopping prayers. Drop the children off for an afternoon of activities and games whilst you head into the city to crack the present list. OPEN, we salute you. Genius.
Midwinter Moonshine I & II, Fri 21st & Sat 22nd December
So popular they have to host it twice, Midwinter Moonshine sees local legends The Vagaband return to Norwich Arts Centre for two nights, with support from Norfolk-based musicians and DJ Hank JD Sleek. Hauntingly beautiful, folksy roots-rock that’s guaranteed to sell out in advance.
Christmas Day Swim, Hunstanton, Christmas Day
The brave souls of Hunstanton Round Table are donning their fancy dress for their annual charity Christmas swim. Start the festivities with a plunge into the North Sea and blow those mulled-wine cobwebs away. Just the thing if you fancy a Christmas Day with a (very cold!) difference that will help to make a difference too.
Photo credit: Hunstanton Round Table (Facebook)
Mulled Wine & Mince Pie Kayak Adventure, Hickling Broad, Boxing Day
Feeling an urge to work off the turkey? Venture out into the wilds of Hickling Broad and kayak your way around the frosty beauty of the countryside. Wrap up warm and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies whilst breathing in the freshest of Norfolk air and then find a pub with a log fire. So much better than trampling through the sales.
Soul Stew, Norwich Arts Centre, New Year’s Eve
Party hard with the boys from Soul Stew, one of Norwich’s favourite club nights, as they bring in guest DJs from around the city and see you through into the early hours of 2019. Bring those dancing shoes….
The Gunton Arms New Year’s Eve Party, The Gunton Arms, New Year’s Eve
Fancy ringing in the New Year with live music, a mouthwatering menu, fine wine and beer and a wild deer park? If so, The Gunton Arms is the place to be. Famed as much for its beautiful setting and eclectic art collections as for its food and drink, this is the pub party to crown all pub parties. It is a rock and roll hunting lodge, after all.
The Norwich Soul Train, OPEN Norwich, New Year’s Eve
This is the big one: Norwich Soul Train at OPEN, with ten DJs across two rooms in a disco, funk and Motown extravaganza. Music, dancing, make-up artists and a whole lotta soul. Glitter is not optional.
Gatsby New Year’s Eve Ball, St Giles House Hotel, New Year’s Eve
Disobedience, Cinema City, Norwich, Mon 3rd, Wed 5th and Thurs 6th December
We like the look of this heartwarming love story story about forbidden romance. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. It follows a woman (Weisz) as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.
Book tickets £12.20
Reepham Festival of Light, Reepham, Thurs 6th December
We love Christmas (I’m sure you’ve realised that by now) and I can’t think of a prettier setting to get you in the festive mood. They’ll be a children’s lantern parade, Santa, Christmas tree light countdown, carols, snowball fights, space hopper disco and food, glorious food with stacks of local food producers!
The Sweetbeats, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 7th December
The Sweetbeats are an eclectic, energetic smorgasbord of everything from ska and reggae to blues and soul. Expect hot saxophone, rocking beats and music to make you move and groove! One for the toe-tappers and hand-clappers. Get ready to get your funk on.
Ruby Wax: How To Be Human, Norwich Playhouse, Fri 7th – Sat 8th December
Ruby Wax needs no introduction. The queen of wasp-tongued wit is back with a new show and she’s ready to take on the world. Love her or hate her, this will be a show to remember.
Santa’s Grotto For Dogs, The Forum, Sat 8th December
Bring your furry friends for some four-legged festive fun at The Forum! Not only will there be a special doggy Santa (yes, you did read that right) but there’ll be elves from the RSPCA and other canine charities handing (pawing?) out treats and advice and taking photos. Barking mad!
The Parent, Baby & Toddler Christmas Fair, The Forum, Sun 9th December
Expecting more than just Santa this Christmas? The Forum will be hosting the perfect opportunity to nail those presents for expectant, new and seasoned parents (oh, and grandparents and children too!) Expect popups from independent businesses, gifts and treats galore. Get ticking off those shopping lists!
Arts Night For Girl Up, Norwich Arts Centre, Mon 10th December
Fly the flag for females across the world and support the UN Foundations’s Girl Up Campaign. The evening will feature local musicians and live performance acts and an art exhibition with the theme of ‘The Female Gaze.’ Forget the Spice Girls. This is girl power at its best.
Christmas Party Night, OPEN Norwich, Thurs 13th December
Everyone loves a Christmas party and OPEN knows how to throw a party in style! With a three-course dinner, live acoustic music, gin cocktails and a DJ to help you dance the night away, this is the place to be if you want to wine and dine in style! But hurry – these are popular nights are almost sold out, so get your party hats on and get booking!
Late-Night Shopping, Pensthorpe Natural Park, Thurs 13th December
Avoid the chaos of the city and finish your Christmas shopping in the tranquil surrounds of Pensthorpe. The gift shops and Courtyard Cafe will be staying open late for you to browse whilst sipping mulled wine and enjoying a mince pie or two. Bliss.
Fresh Artisan Christmas Market, The Shoe Factory Social Club, Fri 14th – Sun 16th December
The ever-popular Fresh Artisan Christmas Market returns to The Shoe Factory Social Club with over fifty independent makers, crafters and artisans showcasing their wares. The ideal place to pick up those quirky gifts while supporting local artists and enjoying food, music, drink and more!
Bo Nanafana, Sat 15th December
Unashamedly decadent, The Bo Nanafana Social Club is the alternative party night for those who love to dress up, party hard, go big or go home. Their Office Christmas Party features live music, DJs, cabaret, naughty installations, Bad Santa and Mental Elf, all delivered in the trademark spectacular Bo style. Not for the faint of heart and no party-poopers allowed!
Photo credit: Richard Shasamane
Festive Food Fair, Holkham Hall, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December
If you’re searching for presents for the foodie in your life, or if you’re a lover of all things yummy yourself, then Holkham Hall is the go-to destination. Watch demonstrations from well-known local chefs in the cookery theatre, browse through stalls of scrumptious treats and pick up artisan gifts from local crafters. We’ll see you at the fudge stand.
Swing Into Christmas, The Forum, Norwich, Sun 16th December
The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band are back with their annual sellout show, ‘Swing Into Christmas.’ Packed with all your favourite festive numbers, this will have your toes tapping as Norfolk’s premiere big band gets you swinging and singing in your seats!