Find things to do in Norwich this Christmas. Christmas markets, family friendly events, shopping, pantomime and the famous ‘Tunnel of Light’. Everything you need to know to plan your trip to Norwich this Christmas.
There’s a host of things to do at Christmas and during winter in Norwich. 2021 is going to be an exceptional year with plenty to see and do in the city of stories.
Things to do this November in Norwich
Festive Dining in your own Pop-Up Igloo, 1 November – 2 January 2022
The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
The Assembly House in Norwich are adding a festive twist to afternoon tea. Start the festive celebrations by booking a Prenoon Tea or Narnia Afternoon Tea in your own private pop-up igloo. Breakfast consists of a cooked breakfast along with a breakfast themed traditional cake stand including bites such as breakfast shot glass with granola, yoghurt and fruit compote and ‘Fried egg’ mango and vanilla cheesecake Cruffin cinnamon roll. If you prefer sweet treats tuck into delights such as ‘Raspberry Snowflake Dodger’, and ‘Snowy Black Forest Cheesecake’ with an Igloo Narnia Afternoon Tea, priced £35 per person. Book here.
Mysabar, 14 October – early January 2022: Thursday – Sunday
Castle Quarter Gardens, Norwich
Mysabar has reopened for its second winter experience under the lights of Norwich Castle. Open until early January, the bar located in the Castle Quarter Gardens, will serve craft beer, wine and food from local traders and restaurants under beautifully decorated tent canopies. Heaters will keep guests warm through the season. As Christmas underway there will be winter warmers and festive food offerings, plus some one-off special events with live music.
Mysabar will continue to operate a table-service system and bookings will be available online in two-hour sittings for tables of 2, 4, 6 (or multiples of/large bookings welcome) plus there will be some tables available for walk-ins. Follow on socials at Instagram: @mysabar_ |
Norwich Film Festival, Norwich, 12 – 21 November
Part of the Head East campaign, which encourages visitors to explore the arts and culture of Norfolk and Suffolk, the Norwich Film Festival is an exciting place to discover new talent, and to be discovered. A key annual event for emerging and established filmmakers from all over the world, the festival programme is curated with original, diverse, bold and culturally rich content. Films submitted to the Festival have gone on to win awards at BAFTA and the Oscars as well as other festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW.
Tunnel of Light, 16 November – 5 January 2022
The Tunnel of Light has become an iconic sight in the centre of Norwich every festive season. At 45-meters long, 4 meters high and 6 meters wide with over 57,000 LEDs the tunnel never fails to bring a smile to the faces of anyone making a journey through enjoying the dancing sequences of pretty lights.
‘The King’s Christmas’ projection on Norwich Castle, 16 November – 5 January 2022
Castle Meadow, Norwich
In 1121 one of the most powerful medieval kings, Henry I, used Norwich Castle as the venue for his Christmas court. This Christmas, 900 years later, Norwich Castle will be adorned by beautiful 70ft projections telling the story of the royal Christmas visit, one of the few recorded visits to Norwich by an Anglo-Norman king. Norwich is the City of Stories, and this Christmas it has a very special story to tell.
Norwich Castle; Christmas at the Castle: The Story of the King (Dates tbc)
This Christmas celebrate the historic visit of Henry I to Norwich Castle which took place 900 years ago with The Story of the King, an exciting programme combining both traditional and experimental forms of storytelling. Join in the Christmas cheer and fuel your understanding and love of Norwich and its rich and majestic heritage. Suitable for children and families of all ages.
Journey through Christmastime (in Norwich), 17 November – 17 December,
Pop-up stall installation at Norwich Market (Stalls 138 & 139)
Norwich’s smallest installation opens in partnership with Norfolk Museum Services celebration of ‘Christmas at the Castle: The Story of the King’. King Henry I brought his Christmas court to Norwich in 1121- some 900 years later take a look at Norwich through the ages in picture form. The pop-up will be decorated with trees and fairy lights as well as Christmas stories told through images depicting family Christmases, businesses in Norwich, past events in Norwich and people enjoying the festive period. Free entry, open during market trading hours.
Christmas Crown Trail, 16 November – 5 January
From Norwich Castle to The Tunnel of Light
Norwich Business Improvement District and VisitNorwich in partnership with Norfolk Museum Services celebration of ‘Christmas at the Castle: The Story of the King’, brings a trail of crowns hidden in the windows of shops and businesses, Norwich Cathedral and stalls on Norwich Market. Taking you across Norwich in a quest to find as many crowns as possible. Pick up a map and get going remembering to look up, down and around along the way!
Festive Fair at The Forum, 25 – 28 November
The Forum, Norwich, NR2 1AW
This popular Christmas market attracts thousands every year with its Norfolk-made crafts, food and produce theme. Shoppers really delight in buying local. Enjoy a glass of local beer or cup of warming mulled wine while listening to Christmas carols from Norfolk’s own Pavilion Brass Quintet on the Thursday and Friday and return at the weekend for festive tunes from a traditional fairground organ. Plus, there’ll be all sorts of food and drink stands outside, from waffles and gourmet doughnuts to freshly roasted almond pralines.
Inside there will be East Anglian stalls galore selling everything from jewellery, pottery, plants, textiles, woodcraft, glassware, clothes, tins, art, preserves, Christmas decorations and much more. Plus, in the spirit of Christmas, this event will also be raising funds for charity, in this instance Norwich-based breast cancer reconstruction charity, Keeping Abreast. It’s free entry too.
Festive wreath making with Hannah from Fern Flowers, 28 November, 2-5pm
The Maids Head Hotel, Tombland, Norwich
Learn how to craft a stunning wreath to take home for your front door. The price includes all your materials, you just need to bring your own secateurs. The workshop costs £38including a glass of Prosecco and a mince pie. To book your place, call
Shopping in Norwich
TV ads, Instagram posts and social chatter will be awash with the best ‘money can buy’ treats, fashion and gifts that come with the festive season. Start your shopping early to be ahead of the game but also to give yourself time to buy a bit and relax a bit too.
Brimming with over 300 independent businesses we have The Norwich Lanes where you can easily spend a day browsing and drinking coffee in scandi-inspired eateries. Particular mention has to go to Upper St Giles. This small but perfectly formed ‘high street’ is a miniature copy of a street you would find in Notting Hill or Maida Vale.
The Cathedral Quarter is another early shopping trip to pop into the calendar. In this area explore vintage and collectable establishments – take a peak around Elm Hill, Tombland, Wensum Street and Magdalen Street.
What’s on in December in Norwich
Live performance is huge at Christmas so get yourself tickets for panto, orchestra’s, comedy and music at: Norwich Theatre Royal, The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich Puppet Theatre, The Playhouse, Norwich Cathedral, St Andrew’s Hall, St Peter Mancroft and OPEN.
Finally, attractions around Norfolk offer all types Christmassy things to do. Check out: Bure Valley Railway, Holkham Hall, Banham Zoo, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Thursford, Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden and Broads Tours.
Love Light Norwich, 17-19 February
Organised by Norwich BID and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, this highly popular after-dark event makes its return to the streets and iconic buildings of central Norwich.
With many artists already confirmed, once again Norwich will play host to beautiful and unique international, national, and local pieces of light art works. Returning for a second year is Nicholas Azidis, artistic director of ProjectionTeknik. Based in Melbourne, Nick will present ‘Luminos Pareidolia’, a brand-new glittering projection.
Norwich University of the Arts graduate, Amber Lights, will also return with ‘Out of the Cocoon’, a butterfly inspired installation which explores sustainability. This is Amber’s first project powered by solar power.
As well as light, sound is an integral part of the Love Light Norwich experience and mixing these senses with sculpture the festival will see artist Pif-Paf appear at Love Light Norwich for the first time exhibiting ‘The Celestial Sound Cloud’. Inspired by galaxies far away, the installation is suspended in mid-air, creating a dance space for audiences beneath, which in turn creates unique music and light sequences.
The event will also include the return of the popular Love Light City Food Trail.
Find out more at www.lovelightnorwich.co.uk
For full details of all these events and much more go to visitnorwich.co.uk