Christmas in Norfolk 2023 – 45+ Dates for Your Diary

There are loads of amazing Christmas events in Norfolk for the whole family! From Christmas markets, Santa’s grottos and festivals of light, Norfolk has some fantastically festive things to do in November and December.

We’ve scoured the internet for the best Norfolk Christmas events in 2023, and have put together the only guide to Christmas events Norfolk you need! Get dates, locations and ticket details for all the top festive events in Norfolk. All you have to do is book and be there!

Please do check back for news as I will update this post regularly when I am able to confirm dates for more Christmas events as and when they are announced.

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Although there are quite a few sleeps to Christmas, November is the month when Christmas markets and fairs get going, giving you the chance to get organised with your gift shopping early.

Other events like festivals of light tend to start in November too, making the most of the dark evenings and atmosphere the colourful lights create. This is a great month to experience festive events, as tickets tend to be cheaper and crowds smaller.

Many events which start in November run right through December until Christmas, so check the dates as you decide which events to add to your festive diary.

Norfolk Festive Events in November

The Nutcracker Festive Christmas Afternoon Tea

Dates: 1st November – 8th January 2024

Location: The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RQ

Tickets: £29.50 per person, £17.95 per child in the restaurant. Book here.

This year The Assembly House welcomes a new fairytale theme for Christmas afternoon tea as The Nutcracker arrives. This is a magical tea inspired by the enchanting story of the little girl who wakes at midnight on Christmas Eve and is taken on an enchanted journey to the faraway Land of Sweets by her toy Nutcracker.

Indulge in an afternoon tea in four acts: Act I, sandwiches; Act II, savouries; Act III; scones and Act IV, delicate pastries. Perfect for Princes and Sugar Plum Fairies of all ages!

The halls will be well and truly decked for Christmas, along with a sparkling winter wonderland of trees in front of the hotel and beside their glass igloos, where you can also enjoy your festive treat!

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Dalegate Market Christmas Pop-Up Shops

Dates: 3rd November to 21st December 2023. You can find specific dates here.

Location: Dalegate Market, Main Road, Burnham Deepdale, King’s Lynn PE31 8FB

Tickets: This is a free event.

There’s no Deepdale Christmas market this year but you can still do your Christmas shopping at this hidden gem on the North Norfolk coast.

Dalegate Market will be hosting a wide variety of pop-up shops on Monday to Thursday, and Fridays to Sundays, changing twice weekly to give you a wider selection of presents, decorations, food and drink from local Norfolk artisans & producers. All the excellent permanent shops and places to eat will also be open. Enjoy your festive retail therapy!

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Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Dates: 8th November to 23rd December 2023

Location: Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham NR21 0AS

Tickets: From £43 – get your’s here.

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular has become one of the most hotly awaited festive events in East Anglia and has been attracting audiences from across the region since 1977. 

With a cast of 130, moving sets, singing and dancing and a distinctly Christmassy vibe, this Norfolk Christmas show really is an extravaganza! Book your Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2022 tickets early, this show sells out quickly!

Norfolk Festive Gift & Food Show

Dates: Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November 2023

Location: Norfolk Showground, New Costessey, Norwich NR5 0TT

Tickets: Adults from £7, concessions from £6.50, kids from £5, under 5s go free. Book tickets here – you’ll pay more at the gate.

Enjoy a weekend packed with shopping at the region’s number one Christmas shopping fair. The Norfolk Festive Gift & Food Show is East Anglia’s biggest festive shopping fair, and is packed with Christmas gifts, presents for all ages and delicious festive food & drink. This really is a festive shopping day out that everyone can enjoy.

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North Norfolk Railway Norfolk Lights Express

Dates: 10th November 2023 to January 1st 2024

Location: North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham Station, Station Approach, Sheringham NR26 8RA

Tickets: Fares start at £24 per person and under 3s are free as long as they’re not in a seat. Book here.

The North Norfolk Railway, known as the Poppy Line, will be transformed into the Norfolk Lights Express on most evenings from early November, until January 2024.

Catch your Norfolk steam train decorated with multi-coloured LED lights and spend the evening chugging through winter darkness from the comfort of your vintage carriage.

The stations at Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt are also illuminated, creating scenes fitting for the festive season alongside the tracks, as you enjoy a glass of something from the onboard licensed bar.

Luminate Sandringham

Dates: 11th November to 24th December 2023

Location: Sandringham Estate, King’s Lynn PE35 6EN

Tickets: Adults from £18.25, kids from £13.25, families from £61, carers go free. You must book in advance.

In addition to the light trail, the Henry Chipperfield 1906 Vintage Fairground is also at Sandringham. Whizz down the helter-skelter, climb aboard a horse on the carousel, brave the chair’o’planes or view the illuminations from above on the spectacular Ferris wheel (rides cost £10 for four when booked in advance).

Mid Norfolk Railway Polar Express

Dates: 11th November to 23rd December 2023

Location: Mid-Norfolk Railway, The Railway Station, Station Road, Dereham NR19 1DF

Tickets: Adults and children from £31.95. Book online here.

The Polar Express train ride really is a festive treat, where the whole family are encouraged to wear pyjamas and nightwear just like in the film, which is theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale.

Once onboard, scenes from the film come to life as dancing chefs and waiters arrive to serve cookies and hot chocolate before the Polar Express story is told.

Upon arrival at the North Pole Santa gets on board and as you return to Dereham singing carols, he presents each passenger with their very own ‘First Gift of Christmas’, a silver bell from his sleigh!

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Norfolk Artisan Fair at Christmas

Dates: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November 2023

Location: Fakenham Racecourse, Fakenham NR21 7NY

Tickets: Tickets from £5 in advance and £6 on the door. Book here.

This fair boats over 100 food, drink a craft stands showcasing the very best that Norfolk has to offer for Christmas.

Norwich Tunnel of Light

Dates: 17th November – 5th January 2024 Norwich BID has decided to cancel the Tunnel of Light in 2023 due to the redevelopment of Hay Hill, which will continue over the festive period.

Location: St Peter Mancroft Church, Hay Hill, Norwich NR2 1QQ

Tickets: This is a free event.

The Norwich Tunnel of Light has wowed visitors to Norfolk since 2016. With more than 57,000 LED lights on display until midnight every day, and over five miles of cabling, this Norfolk light show creates a sparkling festive scene in the centre of Norwich.

The light show is always changing so you will definitely want to hang around and walk through it more than once.

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Sandringham Christmas Fair

Dates: 17th to 19th November 2023

Location: Sandringham Estate, King’s Lynn PE35 6EN

Tickets: Adults £12, over 65’s £11, kids £5.

The dog-friendly Christmas craft food and gift fair at Sandringham has over 100 craftspeople, artists and designers showcasing and selling their wonderfully unique wares. There will be a fantastic food hall, with chefs cooking up a storm in the country kitchen.

There is also live music, an interactive panda show and a Noisy Oyster puppet show. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts and goodies to enjoy over the festive period!

Holt Christmas Lights Switch On

Dates: Friday 17th November 2023

Location: High Street, Holt NR25 6BN

Tickets: This is a free event.

The official switching on of the Holt lights includes live entertainment from The Austin Beats and Cromer Pier Christmas Show MC, Olly Day, street food, Adnams Bar, craft market traders, Norwich City Pipers and a firework spectacular.

There is no Holt Christmas Market this year – we live in hope that it will come back one day!

It all starts at 5.30pm, with the switch being thrown at 7pm, and live music until 9pm.

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Winter Wonderland Norwich

Dates: 17th November 2023 to 3rd January 2024 (except Christmas Day)

Location: Norfolk Showground, New Costessey, Norwich NR5 0TT

Tickets: 2023/24 prices not yet published. £4 per person and £15 per family of four without ice skating. Admission plus ice skating is £10.50 for kids aged 4-12, £14.50 for adults and 13+, £12.50 for students and OAP’s and £45 for a family. Children under 3 go free. Rides cost extra. Booking is not compulsory but highly recommended as some activities like skating get booked up very quickly. Book tickets here.  

At Winter Wonderland Norwich you’ll find a huge undercover real ice rink, a snow house bar, a giant observation wheel, some of the UK’s biggest and most spectacular thrill rides, roller coasters and family fairground favourites.

Santa’s grotto, game stalls, Christmas market stalls, delicious food, festive eats and treats, and licensed bars with an abundance of beers and mulled wine will all add to the occasion.

Burnham Market Christmas Market

Dates: 18th November 2023

Location: The Green, Burnham Market PE31 8HD

Tickets: This is a free event.

The Burham Market Christmas market is held on The Green in this popular Norfolk town, and also includes the switching on of the Christmas lights. 

As well as arts and crafts stalls, there will be hot food including vegan & vegetarian options and plenty of entertainment.

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Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford

Dates: 19th November to 23rd December 2023

Location: Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham NR21 0AS

Tickets: Adults from £15, children from £22.50 (includes a present). Tickets include entry into Fantasyland and the Enchanted Journey of Light. Book tickets here.

Give your children or grandchildren a day they’ll never forget when you visit Father Christmas in the magical setting of Thursford. From penguins and polar bears to giant-sized teddy bears, you’ll meet lots of fantasy characters and Santa himself.

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Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light

Dates: 19th November to 24th December 2023

Location: Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham NR21 0AS

Tickets: £22 per person, children aged 2 and under go free. Book here.

Head into the Fantasyland Building and travel past the illuminated penguins and polar bears, to the giant-sized teddy bears. Throughout your journey, you’ll meet lots of fantasyland characters including the snowman family – make sure to watch out for their snowballs!

Outside is the lantern light extravaganza, with lots of creatures to marvel at and a beautiful festival of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole.

Festive Fair at The Forum

Dates: 23rd November to 26th November 2023

Location: The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1TF

Tickets: This is a free event.

Enjoy a glass of local beer or a cup of warming mulled wine while listening to Christmas carols from Norfolk’s own Pavilion Brass Quintet who will be playing festive tunes outside The Forum each day at this Norwich Christmas Market.

There’ll be all sorts of food and drink stands outside over the weekend, from hot waffles and gourmet doughnuts to delicious Norfolk Rum. There’ll even be festive treats for your dogs!  

Wells Christmas Tide Festival

Dates: 24th to 26th November 2023

Location: The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1EX

Tickets: This is a free event.

The Wells Christmas festival will start on the evening of 24th November with a carol singing event from 6.30pm, featuring the Fakenham Town Band and Wells United Churches Choir. Whilst getting into the spirit of Christmas you can enjoy some mulled wine and refreshments.

On Saturday there will be all-day entertainment from 10am on The Quay, along with craft and product stalls at Wells Maltings, and the annual Christmas Tree Festival in the Congregational Hall in Clubbs Lane from 10am to 4pm.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at 4.45pm. In the early evening at 6.15pm you can enjoy the spectacle of Santa arriving from the North Pole at Wells Quay by boat! The kids can also meet Santa in his grotto at Playland during the evening of the 25th, and all day Sunday 26th November.

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North Norfolk Railway Santa Specials

Dates: 25th November – 23rd December 2023

Location: North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham Station, Station Approach, Sheringham NR26 8RA

Tickets: Fares start at £24.50 per person and under 1s are free as long as they’re not in a seat. Book here.

Enjoy a magical Christmas journey aboard a traditional steam-hauled train! Sit back and relax as your train steams non-stop from Sheringham up the whole length of the line to Holt, before travelling back to Weybourne where you will make your way through an enchanted Christmas Tree Kingdom.

Next up is meeting the man himself, Santa, and receiving a special gift. Get into the festive spirit and make merry with complimentary onboard refreshments served to your table, activity packs for each child and a team of elves to help keep you entertained!

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Dippy’s Christmas Celebration

Dates: 2023 dates to be confirmed.

Location: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, Norwich NR9 5JE

Tickets: From £5. Book online here.

Father Christmas has teamed up with Dippy to spread some Christmas sparkle. Join the fun in Dippy’s Theatre for the Dippy and Friends Christmas Show, a visit to the festive present room and lots of delicious hot chocolate.

Choose from the Jingle All Day experience which includes a visit to Father Christmas and his elves at the North Pole, or the Sparkle in the Dark experience, where your journey takes you from the festive forest to the North Pole where you’ll meet Mother Christmas in her Gingerbread kitchen, before travelling through the magical lights towards Christmas Cottage.

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Wroxham Barns – The Christmas Experience

Dates: 25th November to 24th December 2023

Location: Tunstead Road, Hoveton NR12 8QU

Tickets: Children aged 2-16 from £30, children under 2 from £10, adults from £23. Book tickets in advance here.

Wroxham Barn’s Christmas spectacular includes six different experiences for the whole family where kids can sort mail in Santa’s mail room, visit the North Pole HQ and try their hand at making reindeer food, take part in snow-lympics, make crafts in Santa’s workshop to take home, decorate gingerbread people in Mrs Claus’ kitchen and meet Father Christmas in an active and immersive way… phew, there’s definitely a lot going on!

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Cromer End of Pier Christmas Show

Dates: 25th November to 30th December 2023

Location: Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier, Promenade, Cromer NR27 9HE

Tickets: Adults from £28.50, children under 16 from £21.50. Book at the box office here.

The unique Cromer Pier Christmas show is a great outing for the whole family, and will get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Expect a professional West End-style production with lots of exciting features and special effects.

The show lasts for 2.5 hours with a 30 minute half time interval, and there are both matinee and evening shows to choose from. There will be a bar open for drinks and snacks before the performance and during the interval.  

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Pensthorpe Christmas Market

Dates: 26th November 2023

Location: Pensthorpe, Pensthorpe Road, Fakenham NR21 0LN

Tickets: £3 with under 16s going free. Book here.

Get into the festive spirit and find the perfect presents for all your loved ones at Pensthorpe’s Christmas market! Attended by the region’s best food and drink suppliers, artists and craft makers, the festive market provides shoppers with a welcome change of scenery from the high street, with pop-up stalls, all in a relaxed and spacious outdoor environment.

Escape the city crowds and discover bespoke creations, creative gift ideas and delicious treats made by boutique producers, many of whom are from the local area.

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The Night Before Christmas

Dates: 28th November to 31st December 2023

Location: The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Tickets: Adults and kids £12.50, Concessions £8.50 Book your tickets here.

“’Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!” 

Dress up to dance, race after reindeer and prepare to party as you help Lucy get ready for her Christmas celebration. Have a game of giant Jenga with a pile of presents, and pick up some percussion to join in Lucy’s orchestra. But who’s the unexpected guest arriving in a cloud of soot? Sing, jump and play your way through the party in our special interactive studio theatre. 

This original show for ages 0-4 is a feel-good, fun and family-focused journey that will lift your spirits and capture the true magic of Christmas. 

Norwich Global Village Christmas Market

Dates: 30th November to 2nd December 2023

Location: The Forum, Norwich, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1TF

Tickets: This is a free event.

This is a great place to find amazing Christmas gifts from around the world. The Global Village Christmas market will feature the finest local traders, craftspeople and makers selling beautiful gifts from around the world with a focus on fairly-traded and eco-conscious products.

Plus on Saturday there will be Christmas carol singers and brass bands to put you in the festive spirit, as well as delicious global hot food and mulled wine!

Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival

Dates: 30th November to 7th December 2023

Location: Fakenham Parish Church, Oak Street, Fakenham NR21 9BX

Tickets: This is a free event.

The sight of 55 Christmas trees lining the aisle of Fakenham Church is truly stunning. The trees themselves are donated each year by Fakenham Garden Centre, and each tree is decorated by a different charity, some national, and some local, and each has its own collecting bucket. All the money placed in the bucket by visitors goes to the charity, so please give what you can.

Several thousand people attend the festival each year and, as well as the trees, you can enjoy tea and coffee, home-made cakes and light lunches. There is also a stall selling Christmas gifts, cakes and books, a raffle and a tombola.

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Fairhaven Christmas Lights Walk

Dates: 30th November to 17th December 2023

Location: Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham NR13 6DZ

Tickets: From £6 for adults and £3 for kids. Book online here.

Get into the festive spirit under twinkling trees and Christmas baubles in one of Norfolk’s most loved gardens.

Throughout the gardens, visitors will be able to follow a lights trail (or bauble trail during the day), whilst enjoying the natural surroundings of the garden. There will also be mulled wine and hot chocolate on offer, with toasted marshmallows too!

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Visit Father Christmas at Stow Bardolph Farm

Dates: 30th November to 23rd December 2023

Location: Church Farm, Lynn Road, Stow Bardolph PE34 3HT

Tickets: £11 for adults and £15 for kids. Book online here.

All Father Christmas tickets at Church Farm include a full day’s admission to the farm between 10am and 5pm, as well as visiting Father Christmas at your chosen timeslot.

You can stay all day and enjoy everything Church Farm has to offer including the indoor and outdoor play areas, animal encounters and undercover petting pens, animals in traditional nativity scenes, your own photos on Father Christmas’s sleigh, the Christmas gift shop and mini festive market as well as snow time!

Norfolk Festive Events in December

Christmas at Elveden

Dates: 2nd to 17th December 2023

Location: Elveden Courtyard, London Road, Thetford IP24 3TJ

Tickets: Each child is £10, and adults go free. Book tickets here.

There’s lots happening at Elveden Courtyard in the lead-up to Christmas. Kids can visit Father Christmas in his grotto and meet his mischievous elves who will be hard at work preparing for the big day!

There are reindeer to visit and Newfoundland dogs to tow your Christmas tree to the car park through December, in return for a donation to charity. The restaurant will be serving a festive menu and the shop will have a fantastic selection of Norfolk Christmas gifts, and festive food and drinks.

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Christmas at BeWILDerwood

Dates: 2nd December to 23rd December 2023

Location: BeWILDerwood, Horning Rd, Hoveton NR12 8JW

Tickets: £15 per person. Book online here.

Explore brand new areas of BeWILDerwood as you follow The Sparkly Light Trail through the woods. Discover silly snowmen, curious Christmas crackers, a giant Christmas pudding and lots, lots more as you venture through the festivities.

Enjoy a ten-minute BeWILDermas mini pantomime where you will learn what Santa Claus is doing visiting the WILD woods! Will the curious characters of BeWILDerwood be able to save Christmas before it’s too late?! Full of family fun and festive cheer, enjoy a unique spin on a traditional pantomime.

Christmas Visits at Bressingham

Dates: 2nd December to 24th December 2023

Location: Bressingham Gardens Low Rd, Diss IP22 2AA

Tickets: Entry prices vary by age and gift, you can find more information and book tickets here.

Christmas is always a magical time at Bressingham and is a very special experience for all the family. Under twinkling fairy lights, your Christmas visit to Bressingham includes a ride on a Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone both young and old, a festive spin on the Gallopers and a visit to Father Christmas, including a present, for children up to the age of 12 years.

A Blickling Wild Winter & Wild Winter After Dark

Dates: 2nd December to 23rd December 2023

Location: Blickling Hall, Blickling, Norwich NR11 6NF

Tickets: Adults from £15, kids from £7.50. Only after dark tickets require booking in advance.

Welcome to a traditional Victorian Christmas with a wild, magical twist. You’re invited to explore an Arts and Crafts-inspired home where the outside has come in. Animals have appeared throughout the house to help prepare for Christmas Day.

The magic grows stronger as you walk through a wintery garden in the Long Gallery, where you’ll find out who is creating this wild Christmas chaos. The route through the house will take in the ground floor, basement kitchen and some of the first-floor showrooms.

Enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping in the shop and tuck into delicious seasonal food and warming drinks in the Stables and Muddy Boots cafés.

If you opt to visit after dark, you’ll begin your evening with a journey through the magically lit walled garden, before heading into the garden illuminated with colour and light.

Enjoy warming mulled wine, spiced apple juice, mince pies and gingerbread, or enjoy something more substantial from the delicious outdoor food offers in the Farmyard where you can tuck into burritos, waffles and marshmallows toasted on an open fire.

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Wroxham Santa River Cruise

Dates: 2nd December to 22nd December 2023

Location: Broads Tours, The Bridge, Wroxham NR12 8RX

Tickets: Adults and kids £23, under 3s £5.50. Book here.

Enjoy a festive cruise on the River Bure as Santa settles into his new grotto on the Queen of the Broads. All children on board will be able to visit Santa and receive a gift, as well as enjoy festive treats and activities.

Santa hasn’t forgotten about all the adults aboard, who’ll receive a glass of mulled wine and a festive treat, as you cruise down to Wroxham Broad to Christmas music.

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Pensthorpe North Norfolk Pole Experience

Dates: 2nd December to 23rd December 2023

Location: Pensthorpe, Pensthorpe Road, Fakenham NR21 0LN

Tickets: Adults £10.95, Children £13.95 and Under 2’s £6.95. Book tickets here.

Santa Claus is taking residence at Pensthorpe for nine days in December. Kick-start your Christmas celebrations with a little magic and visit the North Norfolk Pole experience – suitable for all ages!

The North Norfolk Pole Experience is a magical place where Christmas really comes to life. Children will love meeting Santa and his elves, listening to stories about Christmas, making festive craft creations, along with making their own magical Reindeer Food. After that, they will get to visit the present room to choose their own Christmas gift.

Bure Valley Railway Festive Express

Dates: 2nd December to 24th December 2023

Location: Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham NR11 6BW

Tickets: Adults and kids £22. Book tickets here.

Hop on board BVR’s festive express steam train and enjoy a one hour experience from Aylsham station, which includes festive treats, a 30 minute steam train ride and a visit to see Santa in his grotto.

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Hunstanton Princess Theatre Panto

Dates: 2nd December 2023 to 1st Jan 2024

Location: Princess Theatre, The Green, Hunstanton PE36 5AH

Tickets: Adults from £19.50, kids and concessions from £17.50, family tickets from £53. Book at the box office here.

The magical and well-loved story of Jack and the Beanstalk makes for a brilliant panto, with fantastic songs, incredible dance routines and great special effects. There will be lots of interaction, comedy, and ‘”he’s behind you” moments for the whole family to enjoy!

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Cromer Pier Father Christmas Experience

Dates: 2nd December to 23rd December 2023

Location: Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier, Cromer NR27 9HF

Tickets: £17.50 per child, adults go free. Book tickets here.

Make a precious memory with your family when your kids meet Father Christmas in his grotto on Cromer Pier. This is a unique and intimate experience that the whole family can be a part of with lots of opportunities to take your own keepsake photographs and videos, as your child meets Santa and receives their Christmas gift. 

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Gorleston Pavillion Theatre Panto

Dates: 7th December 2023 to 6th January 2024

Location: Gorleston Pavillion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Great Yarmouth NR31 6PP

Tickets: Adults from £14, kids from £10, family tickets for £45. Book at the box office here.

Another Dick Whittington panto for 2023. Enjoy your favourite songs and laugh at the pantomime scenes and all the traditional panto gags.

Holkham Hall By Candlelight

Dates: 7th, 8th, 11th, 14th December 2023

Location: Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB

Tickets: £36 adults, £18 children, under 2s free Book tickets here.

Take the opportunity to see the amazing Holkham Hall by candlelight, when the whole hall will be wonderfully festive with hundreds of candles and decorations to get you into the Christmas spirit. You can either take a guided tour or go it alone, with tours taking around 45 minutes. Included in the price are a mince pie and a glass of bubbly or soft drink.

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King’s Lynn Corn Exchange Panto

Dates: 8th – 31st December 2023

Location: King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn PE30 1JW

Tickets: From £18. Book at the box office here.

This year’s panto is Dick Whittington. From the streets of London to a spectacular voyage over the seven seas to Morocco! Join Dick, his acrobatic cat and a cast of crazy characters on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Holkham Hall Christmas Food & Drink Market

Dates: 9th and 10th December 2023

Location: Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB

Tickets: Entry is free, and parking is £5 which is redeemable with a £30 spend in the gift shop.

This wonderful Christmas market will include the best local producers showcasing their seasonal food, drinks and gifts. There will be live music and a food court, making this a fantastic and festive place to start your Christmas shopping.

Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular

Dates: 9th December to 31st December 2023

Location: Hippodrome Circus, St. Georges Road, Great Yarmouth NR30 2EU

Tickets: Adults from £23, concessions from £18, kids from £14. Book at the box office here.

The final production of the year for the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome has become a bit of a Norfolk tradition. The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular is one of the biggest Christmas productions in Europe and combines the festive spirit of Christmas with the breathtaking magic of the circus, offering a fantastic alternative to panto for all the family.

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Norwich Theatre Royal Panto

Dates: 9th December 2023 to 7th January 2024

Location: Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Tickets: Under 18s and over 60s from £20.50, adults from £25.50. Book at the box office here.

We all think we know the story of Sleeping Beauty. When our princess turns 18 she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel, cursed to sleep for eternity unless she can be awoken by her ‘true loves kiss’. Enter the Prince. Right? Maybe not… What is true love anyway?

This pantomime gets ready to see the other side of Sleeping Beauty, the Fairy’s tale. Join us as we learn how the Queen and Fairy embark on a journey to save our Sleeping Beauty, with a prince in tow and despite the efforts of the Evil Fairy.

Father Christmas Lands

Dates: Sunday 10th December 2023

Location: City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Old Norwich Road, Horsham St. Faith NR10 3JF

Tickets: Online Tickets are unavailable for this event. Tickets are on the gate only and no price has been published.

This ever-popular event returns again this year with Santa’s Grotto located inside one of the museum’s iconic aircraft where all children shall receive a small gift from Father Christmas.

Refreshments are available from the museum’s Friendship tearoom, together with a seasonal sing-along with the resident entertainer.

Sunday Lunch with Santa at Barnham Broom

Dates: Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th December 2023

Location: Barnham Broom, Honingham Road, Norwich NR9 4DD

Tickets: £28.95 per person, children under 11 from £20.00 + gift. Book here.

Bring the family together for a delicious pre-Christmas lunch in the stylish Brasserie restaurant. Barnham Broom’s chefs will be serving traditional, locally sourced fayre to perfectly complement the festive period.

Father Christmas will also be stopping at Barnham Broom to deliver gifts to younger guests to add to the excitement.

Handmade Christmas Market

Dates: 2023 date to be confirmed.

Location: St Andrews & Blackfriars Hall, St Andrews Hall Plain, Norwich NR3 1AU

Tickets: This is a free event.

Soak up the atmosphere of a Christmas market bursting with handmade goodies, gifts and treats all under the roof of one of Norwich’s most ancient buildings.

The magnificent flint buildings of St Andrew’s and Blackfriars, known as The Halls, are the most complete medieval friary complex to survive in England dating back to 1307.

Hunstanton Christmas Day Swim

Dates: 25th December 2023

Location: Cromer Beach, Cromer NR27 9HP

Tickets: Registration starts at 9.30am outside Alive Oasis. Download the sponsorship form here to raise money for charity.

The Hunstanton Christmas Day Swim has taken place from the main beach for over 50 years and draws over 100 swimmers and many hundreds of spectators. The swimmers in fancy dress raise money for charity by braving the icy waters of the Wash from Hunstanton Central Prom.

Cromer Boxing Day Dip

Dates: 26th December 2023

Location: Cromer Beach, Cromer NR27 9HP

Tickets: This is a free event.

North Norfolk Beach Runners will be holding the official Boxing Day Dip at Cromer to raise money for the SarcomaUK charity. Due to the tide being high, the Fun Run will be at 9am and the Dip at 10am.

As always, the Coastguards, RNLI and St John Ambulance will be on hand to provide support if required and keep a watchful eye on dippers.

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Have I missed a Norfolk Christmas event from my round-up? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll get it added to my list of Christmas events in Norfolk!

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