Thursford Christmas Spectacular

What's on and things to do Christmas 2019 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.

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‘Enchanted Felbrigg’ at Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Parkinvites 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 6 to 8 December and 13 to 15 December between 3pm and 9pm. Adults £7, Children £3.50. Under 5s free. National Trust members admitted free. There is a car parking fee of £3 for non-National Trust members.

For a family festive experience at Felbrigg Hall, join in with Carols in the Courtyard on 22 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.

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Enchanted Felbrigg

To enjoy a Christmas past, visit The National Trust’s Blickling Estate between 30 November – 20 December. Start your visit with the tree-lined driveway, lit up with Christmas lights, before stepping inside to explore the house to explore 400 years of Blickling history as you wander through rooms full of festive splendour, from 1620 through to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s and beyond. There will be timed tickets for each visit. Last entry to the house is 45 minutes before closing at 5.45pm.

Garden of Lights at Blickling Estate. Daily from 30 November - 20 December between 11am and 7pm, discover the spectacle of lights as you take an enchanting winter stroll around the gardens. Don't miss the view of the lights on Temple Walk with the fountain and acorns lit up on the Parterre, then discover the West Garden surrounded by firefly lights. Last entry to the garden is 45 minutes before closing at 6.15pm.

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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 14 December 2018 to 5 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.

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Pensthorpe in Winter

For a traditional Christmas experience, head to Holkham Hall and take a Candle Light Tour. This is a truly magical opportunity to see the magnificent state rooms adorned with opulent Christmas decorations and beautiful flickering candlelight. Join a knowledgeable guide for a tour where you will see the wonderful decorations, learn about how they were created and find out the inspiration behind each room setting. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco and a mince pie in the Courtyard Café before your tour. Tours run on set days between from 1 December to 18 December.

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Holkham Hall at Christmas

Festive Wreath Making at Holkham. Create a hand-made wreath for your front door. With special tuition from Jo Thomas at Constance Rose Florists, spend the morning or afternoon at Holkham creating your own festive wreath using greenery from the parkland. Running on set days between 2 and 11 December.

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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. Olly Day returns for his eleventh year along with Mark James The Modern Magician. Find out more.

Hunstanton Princess Theatre will be showing Dick Whittington and His Wonderful Cat - with plenty of audience participation. Join Dick Whittington as he heads to London to seek his fortune – he’s heard the streets are paved with gold. But when he gets there, it’s hard to see the gold beneath the grime and King Rat is out to get him! From 30 November to 1 January 2020. Find out more.

Sheringham Little Theatre's, Robin Hood, takes you deep in the depths of Sherwood Forest where an evil witch lurks. Infuriated by the presence of Robin Hood and his band of faithful followers continuously stomping around her native undergrowth, she makes a deal with the unpopular Sheriff of Nottingham to rid Sherwood of anyone seen wearing Lincoln green. From 13 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. 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 Next Stop Christmas Concert is on 5 and 6 December. Enjoy a sparkling evening of song, perfect to get you into the festive spirit. 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 two hours. Norfolk’s favourite Santa will be visiting the Junior Farm at Wroxham Barns with his Elves for his hugely popular ‘Santa Experience’ with singing, dancing, games and crats. This year there’s even more fun to be had with the all new Animal Nativity Barn where you can meet real North Pole reindeer.

Suitable for children aged 2-10 years. Running weekends 30 November/1 December; 7/8 December; 14/15 December and daily from Thursday 19 through to Monday 23 December. Prices range from £10.25 per child (aged 2 and above), from £7.75 for under 2s and including all-day unlimited access to indoor play and all the other Junior Farm activities. Discounts available for season ticket holders and adults.

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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 30 November to 24 December; booking is essential.

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Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden. Take a stroll through the winter woodland to meet reindeer and visit Father Christmas 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. An event for all the family to enjoy. Running on 14 and 15 December between 11am and 5pm. 

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Santa at Fairhaven

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. During your visit to Santa’s Station, you can wander around a festive walk-through kingdom filled with over 100 Christmas trees, light displays and decorations all the way to Santa where every child will receive a carefully chosen gift. Running 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 and 20 – 24 December. Departure times: 10:00, 12:05, 14:30 and 16:35.

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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. Running on set days between 30 November and 24 December. 

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North Norfolk Railway

Christmas Celebration at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. Father Christmas and his Elves will arrive Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure to share the Christmas magic. With lots of activities, festive entertainment, surprises and the chance to meet the big man himself. Running 30 Nov – 1 Dec / 7 - 8 Dec / 14 - 15 Dec / 19 – 24 Dec. 

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Christmas at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Twelve Days of Christmas at the Wells & Walsingham Light RailwayHop aboard for a festive steam train ride as WWLR opens for 12 days ahead of Christmas. Travel through north Norfolk’s coastal countryside on board the world’s smallest public railway. Running 6 to 9 Dec, 13 to 16 Dec and 20 to 23 December, three trains daily.

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Wells & Walsingham Railway

One of the most popular events in the Christmas calendar is Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford running from 23 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. 

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Santa's Magical Journey at Thursford

For Christmas lights, Holt will be switching on their festive decorations on 13 November at 6.30pm when the town will be covered in thousands of fairy lights. The Wells Christmas Tide Festival, on 30 November, will have an all-day jamboree of entertainment suitable for the whole family with stalls and entertainment and Santa arriving by boat. The lights will be turned on at 5pm. The Christmas light switch on in Burnham Market is on 23 November, 10am to 6pm, where there will be stalls and entertainment. The Festival of Light in Reepham, on 5 December, 4.30pm to 7.30pm sees the pretty market place turn on their Christmas lights. Cromer Christmas lights will be switched at outside Cromer Church on 30 November between 5.30-6pm after a day of festive fun with stalls, displays and entertainment including a torch-lit procession from North Lodge Park from 4.30pm. Throughout Sheringham town centre on 29 November, between 5pm - 9pm, there will be stalls, entertainment and live music. North Walsham's annual lights switch on, will be on 30 November with events running between 2.30pm and 8pm. The 'North Walsham Funday Queen' will turn on the lights at 6pm. Aylsham's Christmas lights launch is also on November 30 from 5pm to 9pm, with the lights going on at 6pm.

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.

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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.

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All eyes will be on the skies above Cromer Pier at 5pm on 1st January 2020 for the traditional New Year’s Day firework display. Now in its 21st year, it promises to be a fantastic day. Prior to the fireworks there will be a fun run along Cromer Promenade at 3pm organised by North Norfolk Beach Runners. Starting from the pier forecourt, the run is open to all ages and abilities, with categories for under 13 year-olds, 14-16 year-olds, seniors, and even Fancy Dress. Registration will take place from 2.30pm for a fee of £1.

Illuminated merchandise available to buy during the afternoon outside Cromer Museum (next to the Church). Mulled wine will be served outside the museum, with hot drinks available in the church from 2pm – 4.30pm. The torchlit procession will set off from Cromer Museum at 4.30pm, for those who have purchased official torches, to a viewing position on slopes in front of the Hotel de Paris. Local cafés, pubs, shops and restaurants will also be open. 

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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The Chequers Inn