Thursford Christmas Spectacular

What's on and things to do Christmas 2018 in north norfolk

North Norfolk is home to many magical Christmas events and festive cheer this December. There’s plenty on for all the family and lots of places to meet Father Christmas as well as see festive light switch ons. See our event round up below.


‘Enchanted Felbrigg’ at Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Park invites you to follow a winter trail through the gardens and enchanted woodland, taking in the wonderful winter landscape. Along the journey, there will be music, crafts and tasty winter treats. The event runs from 7 to 9 December and 14 to 16 December.

For a family festive experience at Felbrigg Hall, join in with Carols in the Courtyard on 23 December (3-4pm), to the accompaniment of the Cromer & Sheringham Brass Band. This event has become a Christmas tradition at the Hall in a beautiful setting.


Enchanted Felbrigg

To enjoy a Christmas past, visit The National Trust’s Blickling Estate between 1 – 21 December. Start your visit with the tree-lined driveway, lit up with Christmas lights, before stepping inside to explore the house decorated with Georgian festive splendour. There will be timed tickets for each visit.


After school magic at Blickling Estate. Daily from 1 - 21 December, seize the opportunity to visit Blickling’s magical house and garden after school. Open until 6.30pm, there’s plenty of time to take part in the family activities whilst on an adventure around the enchanted garden of lights. Then warm up with a hot chocolate and festive treat, before stepping inside to see the house in full sparkle.


Those keen to brave winter’s icy chill and learn about the wonders of the natural world at Pensthorpe Natural Park will love A Winter’s Tail, running from 19 December 2018 to 2 January 2019. This fun family event encourages visitors to explore the beauty of Pensthorpe’s natural habitats. Learn enchanting stories about the animals that tuck themselves up for a long winter’s sleep, the incredible creatures who adapt to handle cold conditions, and those who take the long and adventurous migratory journey to warmer climes. There will also be some cool craft-making activities and a winter-inspired self-guided trail weaving through the reserve. Included in admission price.

Or if you prefer the the warmth of the viewing gallery join Pensthorpe’s resident experts for their magical daily Floodlit Feeds, which take place at 4pm from 1 to 31 December 2018, and 3pm from 1 to 31 January 2019. Watch the birds gather for their afternoon feed as the sun sets over Mill Pond and the surrounding Wensum Valley countryside. Lasts 30 minutes. Included in admission price or available to non-visitors for £3 p/adult and £2 p/child.


Pensthorpe in Winter

For a traditional Christmas experience, head to Holkham Hall and take a Candle Light Tour. This is a magical opportunity to see the magnificent state rooms adorned with opulent Christmas decorations and beautiful flickering candlelight. This year’s hall display is in the Statue Gallery where there will be a full size 18th century Italian inspired wintery parterre garden. Tours run from 2 December to 17 December.


Holkham Hall at Christmas

Christmas Craft Workshops at Holkham. 
A Natural Christmas:
 Children can get into the Christmas spirit at Holkham by making their very own decorations to take home using a combination of natural materials such as berries, twigs, pinecones, greenery and moss. Running 1, 2, 8 and 9 December, 10.30am-12noon and 1pm-2.30pm. 

Festive Wreath Making: Create a hand-made wreath for your front door. With special tuition from Jo at Constance Rose Florists, spend the morning or afternoon at Holkham creating your own festive wreath using greenery from the parkland. Running 5 and 12 December, 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm. 

Festive Flowers: Create your own table centrepiece using greenery from the Holkham Estate to display in your home over Christmas. Running 18 December, 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm.


Holkham Christmas Wreath Workshop

There are plenty of fabulous festive shows throughout the Christmas period across north Norfolk. The Cromer Pier Christmas Show is great entertainment. The Pavilion Theatre is now the only Theatre at the end of a Pier that produces an in-house show every summer and winter season. Fast becoming one of the top ‘must see’ family Christmas shows in Norfolk, you will be treated to amazing dance routines, music, comedy and entertaining acts. Find out more.

Hunstanton Princess Theatre will be showing Snow White - with plenty of audience participation, stunning costumes, creative choreography, scenery straight from an enchanting fairy tale and a fast paced story line makes this a ‘must see’ Christmas treat for all the family. From 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019. Find out more.

Sheringham Little Theatre's, Beauty and the Beast, is packed full of modern songs, hilarious characters, mayhem and stunning effects, as you join a special journey of enchantment in one of the best loved fairy tales of all time. From 8 December 2019 to 1 January 2019. Find out more.

The famous Thursford's Christmas Spectacular is set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels. With an impressive cast of 130 professional singers, musicians and dancers, the three hour performance delivers an extravaganza of humour and variety. From 6 November to 23 December. Find out more.

Head to Holkham for a host of Christmas musical performances. Diva Opera's Christmas Concert is on 30 November and 1 December. Enjoy a sparkling evening of song, perfect to get you into the festive spirit. The Chamber Music Concert is on 11 December when tenor, Luis Gomes who will be performing a wonderfully varied programme of songs in Holkham’s Marble Hall decorated for the festive season. Finally, on 18 December, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear the dulcet tones of Norwich Cathedral Choir, who will be performing a feast of best-loved Christmas music, both sacred and secular. Find out more.

Cromer Pier Christmas Show

At Wroxham Barns Junior Farm, Norfolk’s favourite Santa will be visiting with his Elves for the hugely popular ‘Santa Experience’ which lasts 1½ hours. Join in with singing and games, and take part in the Elf College where children take part in fun challenges – including learning the “Elfabet” – before each child receives a gift from Santa. Suitable for children aged 2-10 years. Running on 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 19 - 23 December. Choose from 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.45pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm. Prices from £7.50 to £12.50 per child which will also include full admission to Junior Farm for the whole day.


Wroxham Barns
For a winter water adventure, join Santa and his pixies on board the Vintage Broadsman for an hour’s Santa Cruise with Broads Tours. The Pixies will be serving refreshments and children can take part in a seasonal quiz, sing along to Christmas songs and enter a Christmas colouring competition. Listen out for Santa as he lands his sleigh on the roof, before coming into the cosy saloon to meet with the children with his presents. Trips run from 1 to 24 December; booking is essential.
There’s nothing more exciting than taking a magical train journey through the stunning north Norfolk countryside to meet Father Christmas. The North Norfolk Railway Santa Special, departs from Sheringham station, taking passengers to see Santa by his open fire at Santaland. At Wroxham, you can hop aboard the Bure Valley Railway Santa train, Norfolk’s longest narrow-gauge railway, all the way to Aylsham where children can visit Santa in his grotto. Both events run from 1 to 24 December. To book North Norfolk Railway visit here and for Bure Valley Railway visit here.
North Norfolk Railway

Winter wonderland at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. Meet Santa and experience some winter excitement with festive decorations and lots of excitement! Watch Dippy’s Pantomime and take a trip to Narnia with special activities themed around The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Running 1 and 2 December, 8 and 9 December, 15 and 16 December and 19 - 24 December. For more information visit here.

Christmas at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Wells & Walsingham Light Railway is also running its Father Christmas Specials between 8 and 22 December. Travel through north Norfolk’s coastal countryside, followed by a visit to Santa in his carriage grotto. Children can enjoy crafts and activities before hopping back on board the world’s smallest public railway. For dates and times call 01328 711630.
Wells & Walsingham Railway

One of the most popular events in the Christmas calendar is Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford running from 24 November to 23 December. Walk through a magical winter wonderland, past the penguins and polar bears to see all the teddy bears ready to be loaded onto Santa’s sleigh. After the magical forest, families can visit Santa’s house to meet the man himself. Afterwards, there are festive refreshments and family friendly shows. To book visit here.

Santa's Magical Journey at Thursford
For Christmas lights, Holt will be switching on their festive decorations on 1 November at 6.30pm when the town will be covered in thousands of fairy lights. The Wells Christmas Tide Festival, on 24 November, will have an all-day jamboree of entertainment suitable for the whole family with stalls and entertainment with the lights being turned on at 5pm. The Christmas light switch on in Burnham Market is on 17 November where there will be stalls as well as the chance to shop in the boutiques in the village which will be staying open late. The Festival of Light in Reepham, on 6 December, sees the pretty market place turn on their Christmas lights. Cromer Christmas lights will be switched at outside Cromer Church on the 1 December at 5.45pm after a day of festive fun with stalls, displays and entertainment. Throughout Sheringham town centre on 16 November, there will be stalls, entertainment and music with the Salvation Army Band, leading up to the Christmas light switch at 4.30pm. North Walsham's annual lights switch on, will be on 24 November at 6pm with Father Christmas in attendance, as well as plenty of entertainment and stalls.
Burnham Market Christmas Lights

Enjoy Christmas with the Royal family at Sandringham! The Queen and her family spends the festive period on the Sandringham Estate. Sandringham itself isn't open while the Queen is in residence, but you can join the Royal family outside St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day, where they go traditionally for the 11 o'clock service.


Christmas at Sandringham

Winter is a wonderful time to see Norfolk's wildlife. From the migrating geese at Norfolk Wildlife Trust and RSPB reserves on the north Norfolk coast, to the largest seal colony in England at Blakeney Point, it really is a wonderful winter safari.


Grey Seal & Pup

All eyes will be on the skies above Cromer Pier at 5pm on 1st January 2019 for the traditional New Year’s Day firework display. Get there early to join in with the fun run along Cromer Promenade at 3pm and enjoy refreshments from the church, vendors and local eateries.


New Year's Day Fireworks at Cromer Pier

RNLI Sheringham New Year's Day Dip. If you feel brave enough to take a dip on New Year's Day, send in an entry form and register your place! Dippers meet at 10.30am on Sheringham beach (weather and conditions dependant) either in swimming costumes or fancy dress and take a bracing dip in the sea!


New Year's Day Dip

North Norfolk is great for Christmas shopping. Visit the shops in pretty market towns or head to the Christmas markets and fairs. With unique gifts, artisan crafts and local produce in abundance, it’s a great opportunity to pick up gifts you can’t find on the high street. You can also enjoy some local seasonal produce, while getting in the festive spirit.



Christmas Shopping

If you fancy getting away this Christmas, there is a great choice of accommodation in north Norfolk. Take your pick from country inns with roaring fires, guest houses or boutique hotels. Or stay at a self-catering cottage at the coast or in the countryside, where the whole family can get together. 


The Grove Cromer

If you plan to eat out over Christmas or New Year, there are plenty of restaurants, gastro pubs, cafes and bars to enjoy a festive feast. Many have special Christmas menus and it's a great opportunity to take a break from the kitchen.


The Chequers Inn