A guide to Christmas in Norfolk. The best festive events and Christmas markets in Norfolk.
Thursford Christmas Spectacular, 9 November – 23 December
One of the biggest Christmas shows in the UK, The Thursford Christmas Spectacular blends Christmas entertainment, with dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, and music including seasonal classics and year-round favourites. It’s a spectacle of colour and talent not to be missed. There are two performances per day, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before! Tickets start at £38.
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.
Sandringham Christmas, Craft, Food and Gift Fair, 19-21 November
The majestic estate will host over 150 craft stalls, a huge food market, working crafts, a bar and live entertainment. As well as homemade crafts, you’ll get the chance to see craftsmen at work such as blacksmiths, broom making and glass blowing. A team of carvers will be using a chainsaw to produce sculptures over the entire weekend. As for the food and getting merry, you can enjoy food from around the world and festive tipples whilst listening to jazz, wartime, swing and folk music, and a traditional brass band.
There’s plenty to entertain the kids too. The jolly demeanour of Chris Nicholas, the Singing Santa, may even convince you that he really is Santa Claus! Circus and pottery workshops, and children’s amusements will also be set over Sandringham’s estate. Don’t forget to book your tickets. Adults cost £10, over 65s cost £9 and children (aged 5-15) cost £4. Book tickets here.
Seckford Hall Christmas Fayre, 21 November
The cosy surroundings of Seckford Hall will be decorated in boughs of holly and beautiful decorations to transport you to a Christmas wonderland. A variety of stalls will sell handmade wreaths, silver jewellery, luxurious candles and more. The hotel will host Christmas parties, a wreath making workshop, a Christmas carols evening and Sunday lunch with Santa throughout the festive season.
Festive Fair at The Forum, 25 – 28 November
The Festive Fair at The Forum in Norwich will be back with a bang in 2021 having missed a year in 2020. This popular Christmas market attracts thousands every year with its Norfolk-made crafts, food and produce theme. It’s great for shoppers who like to support small business. 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 Thursday and Friday and return at the weekend for festive tunes from a traditional fairground organ. Outside, the smell of Christmas fills the air as food and drink stalls serve up festive delights. Inside, there are stalls galore selling a mix of homewares, textiles, fashions and more. You certainly won’t go home empty handed! It’s free entry too!
Christmas in the Parks, 26 November – 28 November & 1 December – 5 December
Taking place in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston with Christmas markets in both locations.
In Great Yarmouth, find the annual Christmas market in a new spot for 2021 at St George’s Park. With twinkly lights on the trees and the smell of Christmas in the air, browse a selection of stalls, watch festive entertainment and get yourself in the mood for Christmas.
In Gorleston, a new Christmas market will take place in Priory Gardens. This beautiful setting will play host to a selection of stalls, more festive entertainment and interactive activities for children with friendly elves. Round off your Christmas in the Parks’ experience with a visit to Santa in his Grotto at The Waterways. With fun transport links between each location, you’re sure to be filled with Christmas spirit by the time you leave.
Pensthorpe’s Christmas Market, 28 November
The popular market is attended by the region’s best food and drink suppliers, artists and craft makers, and provides shoppers with an opportunity to support local business during the festive season. Stalls will be located outside, so wrap up warm for your visit. Entry and parking are free, but tickets to Pensthorpe Natural Park are available to purchase.
Wells Christmas Tide, 4 December, 10am – 8pm
Wells Christmas Tide Festival regularly pulls in thousands of families lured by the prospect of seeing Santa Claus arrive in Norfolk from the North Pole by sea.
The town’s main shopping street will then remain the focus of the festive fun as a whole host of acts keep visitors entertained from 10.30am-8pm. A fair will be operating on The Quay from 10am onwards and the annual Christmas Tree Festival will take place in the Congregational Hall in Clubbs Lane from 10am to 4pm.
Christmas lights switch on is at 4.45pm. Santa is due to arrive on the Quay at around 6.15pm before heading for his grotto at Playland amusements to see children from around 7pm onwards. The crowds will then be further entertained by a spectacular fireworks display over the Wells Marshes. The Quay will be closed to all traffic from 4.30pm-8pm.
Hockwold Christmas Fayre, 5 December, 10am-3pm
A wonderful Christmas shopping experience with exhibitors joining from all over the country, along with live entertainment, samples to try and a vast range of activities. It’s definitely an event for the whole family to get into the holiday season mood.
Christmas Food, Drink and Gift Market at Holkham Hall, 18-19 December, 10am – 4pm
Perfect for Christmas shopping, or well-deserved treats for yourself, the Christmas market will see the best local producers showcasing their seasonal food, drink and gifts in the Lady Elizabeth Wing. There will be tasty takeaway stalls in the courtyard to tickle your taste buds too.