National Trust Blickling Estate

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

The Winter in the Woods free event at Kelling Heath Holiday Park, takes you along their winter woodland trail where you can enjoy Christmas music and entertainment. There’s craft activities for children and market stalls for a spot of Christmas shopping. Tickets can be booked to visit Father Christmas in his Grotto and all proceeds will be donated to East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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Winter in the Woods at Kelling Heath Holiday Park

You can enjoy another outdoor event at ‘Enchanted Felbrigg’ at Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Park. 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. 

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Enchanted Felbrigg
To enjoy a Christmas past, visit The National Trust’s Blickling Estate. Experience a 1930s Christmas as the big house is decorated for Lord Lothian and his guests. To make the most of the beautiful tree lined drive and the garden decorated in lights, the estate stays open until 8pm, so there’s plenty of time to soak up the festive atmosphere. 

For a traditional Christmas experience, head to Holkham Hall and take a Candlelight Tour. This is a 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 listen to the intriguing stories of Holkham’s history and of its residents, past and present. Meet the Victorian cook and housekeeper who will be preparing a Christmas feast and sharing stories of their time in the hall’s grand old kitchen.

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Holkham Hall at Christmas

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. 

Hunstanton Princess Theatre will be showing Cinderella - a high energy mix of singing, dancing and comedy, coupled with spectacular scenery and costumes not to mention the magical carriage, which makes this a ‘must see’ Christmas treat for all the family. From December 2 to January 1.

Sheringham Little Theatre's, The Wizard of Oz, takes you down the Yellow Brick Road for a pantomime version of the classic story. Packed full of dances, songs, special effects and magic, it's a show not to miss. From December 9-January 1.

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 November 8-December 23.

Cromer Pier Christmas Show

At Wroxham Barns Junior Farm, a visit to Santa and his elves, involves games, singing, festive crafts, Santa’s Magic Show and each child receives a gift too. There are plenty of shops to pick up unique gifts and warm up with a bite to eat.

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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. 

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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 and takes passengers through some of Norfolk's most beautiful winter scenery, all the way to see Santa by his open fire at Santaland. Enjoy the entertainment and Christmas craft fair before heading back.

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North Norfolk Railway

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. 

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Bure Valley Railway
Wells & Walsingham Light Railway is running Father Christmas Specials on their miniature train. Travel through north Norfolk’s coastal countryside, followed by a visit to Santa in his carriage grotto. Children can enjoy crafts and activities before hoping 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. 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

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. 

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Grey Seal & Pup

All eyes will be on the skies above Cromer Pier at 5pm on 1st January 2018 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.

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New Year's Day Fireworks at Cromer Pier

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 in Holt

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 fancy eating 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