17 Unmissable Christmas Events in Norfolk

Pantomime, markets, shopping and lights, get ready to feel the magic of Christmas with one of these fantastic festive Norfolk Christmas events taking place in November 2018.  

thursford christmas spectacular

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, 6 November – 23 December 2018; 2.00pm & 7.00pm.
Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham NR21 0AS

This is the largest Christmas Spectacular in the country. An annual sell-out extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year round favourites.

Cards for Good Causes, 11 October – 15 December 2018
Outside The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

Cards for Good Causes offer a wide range of Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift tags and advent calendars representing over 40 national and local charities.

This is a great way to stock up on all the essentials well in advance and donate to a charity of your choice. The shop is open seven days a week and regulars will recognise the volunteers who come back year after year to help raise thousands of pounds for good causes.


Light Switch-on Evening, Norwich, 15 November at City Hall
City Hall and Jarrolds Fireworks
Fireworks | Tunnel of Light | Norwich Castle Projections | Street Entertainment | Father Christmas Parade | Pop-up food & drink stands | Late night food & drink on Norwich Market

November 15 is officially Christmas in Norwich, when the Christmas lights switch gets flicked on after the official countdown at City Hall. It’s at this time the crowds lift a big festive cheer and fireworks cascade from the roof of Jarrolds independent department store – it’s Christmas! Music, street entertainment, merriment and huge numbers of people fill the streets. The Christmas lights stretch from The Forum, around Norwich Market, into The Norwich Lanes and up to Westlegate. There’s also 50,000 LED’s making up The Tunnel of Light and don’t forget the Castle Projections.

Norwich Christmas light tunnel 2016

Tunnel of Light, 15 November 2018 – 5 January 2019, FREE

Hay Hill, Norwich, NR2 1QX | www.visitnorwich.co.uk

 Returning for its 3rd year with NEW WOW factor sequences, Norwich’s Tunnel of Light will once again thrill the senses with its 45-meters long, 4 meters high and 6 meters wide tunnel made from 50,000 pulsating LEDs. As well as all the usual colours and thrills, new for 2018 visitors can experience a James Bondesque sequence with speeding colours firing through the tunnel as well as a sequence giving the illusion of splashing, cascading water with waves rolling high above your head.

Share your tunnel photos on Instagram #MyTunnelOfLight | #Myfestivefavourites  @mytunneloflight.

Norwich Castle Projections, 15 November 2018 – 5 January 2019, FREE

Norwich Castle, Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU | www.visitnorwich.co.uk

See incredible festive 70ft projections onto Norwich Castle from dusk until midnight every night of the week over Christmas. One of Norwich’s most iconic buildings in the city centre, Norwich Castle dates back 900 years to when it was built as a royal palace. Looking splendid, it’s a fantastic attraction to view in addition to all the seasonal lights across the city. The best vantage point? If you want to take in most of the lights stand outside City Hall overlooking Norwich Market, Jarrolds, Davy Place and Norwich Castle. If you want a close up then stand on Castle Meadow. 

Artist Impression Norwich Castle Projection

Christmas Shopping Evenings at Holkham, 15 November and 29 November 2018
Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB


The perfect opportunity to find a unique present, which we will wrap for you whilst you enjoy a complimentary mince pie and glass of mulled wine. The gift shop offers an array of exquisite tree and room decorations, as used to decorate Holkham Hall, as well as scented candles, festive hampers and cards and our usual selection of gifts from talented local producers and artisans, all with 10% off!

Pensthorpe Late Night Shopping Events, 15 November and 13 December 2018

Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN

For those who prefer to do their Christmas shopping ‘after-hours’, Pensthorpe’s two late night shopping events on 15 November and 13 December 2018 provide an opportunity for evening browsing. Peruse the Pensthorpe shop, which is a treasure trove packed with gifts, local food and drink, toys, jewellery, homewares and nature books, plus items for bird-care and wildlife watching. There will be special discounts for members plus supplier demonstrations enabling shoppers to try before they buy.

Little Tots Creative Play: Lighting up the Dark, 19 November 2018, 12am, Tickets: £12

Norwich Puppet Theatre, St James Whitefriars, Norwich, NR31TN | http://www.puppettheatre.co.uk/whats-on/workshops/

Twinkling, flashing, glowing, shadows and light. Sophie Fox’s workshops transport you into a magical multi-sensory world. With music, songs, light and lots and lots of materials to get messy with.

Christmas Markets in Norwich

Christmas Market, 25 November 2018, time TBC 
Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN www.pensthorpe.com

 The bustling Pensthorpe Christmas Market provides shoppers with a welcome break from the high street with its pop-up food, drink and craft stalls. Discover bespoke creations, creative gifts ideas and delicious treats made from boutique producers, many of whom are from the local area. There will be live music and the switching on of the Pensthorpe festive lights, plus complimentary mulled wine and mince pies for members.

The Nutcracker, 21 – 24 November, tickets: £10.00 – £41.50
Theatre Royal Norwich, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL 

Share in Clara’s adventures as she is swept away by her Nutcracker Prince into an enchanting winter wonderland. Don’t miss dazzling dancing snowflakes, the famous Sugar Plum Fairy and the notorious Mouse King in the ultimate festive entertainment.

Performed to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, The Nutcracker awakens childlike imagination in us all.

Festive Fair at the Forum, 22 – 25 November, free entry
The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich
Open 11am-7pm on Thursday, 10am-6pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 10am-4pm on Sunday.
Following the success of last year’s Festive Fair at The Forum, which saw well over 18,000 people through the doors, this fabulous four-day festive fixture will return to Norwich at the end of November with well over 50 stalls. Enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine while listening to carols from The Pavilion brass band, stock up on tempting Christmas goodies to munch on when merry, then have a browse through the array of stands offering a host of must-have hand-made products.

The standard is high, and it’ll be hard to choose from the hand-carved wooden items, beautiful glassware, stationery, jewellery, textiles, candles, plants and other gorgeous gift ideas. There’ll be something for everyone, from perfect presents to fun and quirky stocking fillers – this is Christmas shopping as it should be!

Santa’s Magical Journey, 24th & 25th November 2018
1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th & 15th – 23rd December 2018

Thursford Collection, Fakenham NR21 0AS

All tickets must be pre-booked, with journey start times every 15 minutes. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL! https://www.thursford.com/santas-magical-journey/

Remember the excitement of your first visit to see Father Christmas? Give your children, grandchildren or your class a day they’ll never forget. Come and visit Father Christmas in the magical setting of Thursford this Christmas. It will be a treat to cherish for everyone who wants to experience this magical fantasy journey and visit Father Christmas in his very special house. Booking is essential!

Your journey takes you past the penguins and polar bears to see all the giant sized teddy bears ready to load Santa’s sleigh, past the busy elves, hard at work in the toy factory taking in the wonderful wrapping machine.

You’ll meet lots of fantasy characters including the snowman family but watch out for the snowballs before you make your way through the magical forest to reach Santa’s House where you meet the man himself and his gifts for all the children that visit.

Odes to St Cecilia, 25 November, 7:30pm  tickets: £10.00 – £29.00
Theatre Royal Norwich, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

 One of the world’s most renowned period instrument orchestras and choirs presents three masterworks in praise of St Cecilia. Henry Purcell’s delicious Ode to St Cecilia of 1683 and Benjamin Britten’s brilliantly-crafted miniature Hymn to St Cecilia of 1942, a preface to one of Handel’s greatest works, his 1739 Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, filled with magnificent choruses and solos.

Christmas lights over Norwich Market and Norwich Castle

The Full Monty 2018, 26 November – 1 December, tickets: £10.00 – £32.50
Theatre Royal Norwich, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL 

The Full Monty is one of the most acclaimed British films ever and The Full Monty stage play has become one of the most phenomenal theatrical productions.

Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production has received standing ovations every night and won the prestigious UK Theatre Award.

Global Village Christmas Market, 29 November- 1 December, 10am – 5 pm, FREE entry

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF https://www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/

Global Village Market’s finest traders, illustrators and makers will be selling beautiful gifts from around the world. Plus outside on Saturday, there will be Christmas carols and brass bands, accompanied by a variety of food stalls. German bratwurst BBQ and Glühwein, mulled cider, Italian coffee and pizza and more!

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Candlelight Tours of Holkham Hall
Thursday 29th November, 3pm-8pm, Sundays 2nd and 9th December, 12noon-5pm, Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th December, 3pm-8pm, Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th December, 3pm-8pm,Monday 17th December, 3pm-8pm 

Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB https://www.holkham.co.uk/events/christmas-at-holkham/candlelight-tours

Holkham Hall is opening its doors this Christmas and invites you to step inside and experience the festive magic within. By flickering candlelight you will see each magnificent state room individually adorned with opulent decorations. Holkham’s knowledgeable guides will lead you through the decked hall and tell you all about the inspiration behind each magical setting.

The Garage & All-in Productions MY FIRST PANTO: JACK AND THE BEANSPROUT, 30 November 2018 – 5 January 2019

The Garage,14 Chapel Field North, Norwich, NR2 1NY

 ‘My First Panto: Jack and the Beansprout re-imagines’ this classic fairytale story, and puts you at the centre of the action. Help Jack on his adventure to the land of the giants. From getting Daisy the cow ready for market, helping Jack plant the magic beans and searching the land of the giants for golden eggs; you take part in this performance rather than just watching from a distance.

Tickets: £12.50 adult / £7.50 child / under 1’s go free.
Age: 2-5 years, fun for all the family

Event listings complied by Visit Norwich. Visit www.norwichatchristmas.co.uk for more things to do this Christmas. 

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