The Best Things To Do At Christmas In Norfolk In 2023

If you’re looking for some fabulously festive things to do at Christmas in Norfolk, you’ve come to the right place!

There are lots of lovely Christmas events in Norfolk this year.

From Santa’s Grottos and twinkling Christmas light trails to festive Christmas markets and more, we’ve listed the best things to do in Norfolk this Christmas.

I’m always looking for Christmas events near me. We recently went to the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth for their Christmas spectacular and loved it.

So – what’s going on at Christmas in Norfolk this year?

**Not all of the things to do at Christmas in Norfolk 2023 dates have been released yet so keep checking back for updates. This post contains affiliate links. If you book something using one, we may earn a small commission but at no extra cost to you**

Father Christmas giving gifts to two children.

These are the best things to do at Christmas in Norfolk in 2023

Places to see Santa in Norfolk

Looking for places to see Father Christmas in Norfolk? The great news is that there are lots of great Santa’s Grottos in Norfolk.

Here’s where to see Santa in Norfolk this Christmas:

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Dippy’s Christmas Celebration

Address: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5JE.
Dates: 26th November to 24th December 2023.
Tickets: From £19.90 per child over 92cm and from £9.95 per child under 92cm (and adults).

Wroxham Barns

The Christmas Experience

Address: Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton Norfolk, NR12 8QU.
Dates: Select dates from 25th November – 24th December 2023.
Tickets: Adult – £15.50, child (2+) from £18.95 and child under 2 from £12.50.

Mid Norfolk Railway

Polar Express

One of the best children’s Christmas events in Norfolk. If you miss out on tickets for the Polar Express train ride in Norfolk, see here for details on all of the Polar Express train rides in the UK.

Address: The Railway Station, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF.
Dates: 11th November to 23rd December 2023.
Tickets: Standard tickets from £27.50.

Holkham Hall

Father Christmas in Residence – TBC whether there will be a Santa’s Grotto.

Address: Holkham Hall, Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB.
Dates: Select dates in December.
Tickets: TBC.

Carrow Road

Carrow Road Festive Fair

Address: South Stand, Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1JE.
Dates: TBC.
Tickets: £10.00 per adult. £5 for children aged 13-17. Under 12 – FREE.

Thursford

Santa’s Magical Journey

Address: Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0AS.
Dates: 19th November to 24th December 2023.
Tickets: Adults – from £15.00. Children – from £22.50. Price includes entrance to Enchanted Journey of Light and Fantasyland.

Norwich Aviation Museum

Father Christmas Lands

Address: City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Old Norwich Road, Horsham St. Faith, Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 3JF.
Dates: TBC.
Tickets: £3.00 in addition to the usual entrance fee. Tickets on the gate only.

Bressingham

Christmas at Bressingham

Address: Bressingham Steam & Gardens, Low Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA.
Dates: 2nd to 24th December 2023.
Tickets: Adult – £13.50, Child (3-15) – £16.50, Under 3 requiring a present – £8.50. Tickets are £1.00 more on the day.

Bure Valley Railway

Festive Express

Address: Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW.
Dates: 2nd to 24th December 2023.
Tickets: £19.00 per person.

North Norfolk Railway

Santa Steam Trains

Address: North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham Station, Station Approach, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RA.
Dates: 25th November to 23rd December 2023.
Tickets: From £22.00 per person. Under 1 – £10.00.

Broads Tours

Santa River Cruise

Address: Broads Tours. The Bridge, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8RX.
Dates: Select dates from 2nd to 22nd December 2023.
Tickets: From £22.00 per person.

Dobbies Garden Centre

Santa’s Grotto

Address: Dobbies, Campbells Meadow, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4WQ.
Dates: 24th November to 24th December 2023.
Tickets: £8.00 per child.

Barnham Broom

Sunday Lunch with Santa

Address: Barnham Broom, Honingham Road, Barnham Broom, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 4DD.
Dates: 10th and 17th December 2023.
Tickets: Adult – £28.95 for 3 courses. Children under 11 – £20.00 (includes gift).

Thursford Christmas Spectacular in Norfolk.

Christmas shows and pantomimes in Norfolk

We love visiting a traditional Christmas panto and Norfolk has some lovely venues where you can go and watch one.

Here are the Pantomimes to look out for in Norfolk this Christmas.

Norwich Theatre Royal

Sleeping Beauty

Address: Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RL.
Dates: 9th December to 7th January 2024.
Tickets: From £18.50 per person.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Dick Whittington

Address: King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JW.
Dates:8th to 31st December 2023.
Tickets: From £16.50 to £22.50.

The Maddermarket Theatre

Wizard of Oz

Address: The Maddermarket Theatre, St. John’s Alley, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1DR
Dates: 15th to 30th December 2023.
Tickets: From £14.50.

Gorlestone Pavillion Theatre

Dick Whittington

Address: Pavillion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston, Norfolk, NR31 6PP.
Dates: 7th December to 6th January 2024.
Tickets: From £13.00 per adult and from £9.00 per child.

Pavillion Theatre

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show (more a variety show than a pantomime).

Address: Pavillion Theatre, Cromer Pier, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HE.
Dates: 25th November to 30th December 2023.
Tickets: From £26.00 per adult and from £10.00 per child.

Thursford

Christmas Spectacular (more a variety show than a pantomime aimed at age 8+).

Address: Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0AS.
Dates: 8th November to 23rd December 2023.
Tickets: From £40.00 per person.

Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular (Circus & Water Show).

Address: Hippodrome Circus, St. Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU.
Dates: Mid-Dec to mid-Jan.
Tickets: From £18.00 per person.

See also – the Little Princess Theatre in Hunstanton and the Sheringham Little Theatre in Sheringham.

If you happen to be heading into London this Christmas – here are some of the best Christmas shows this year.

Hippodrome Circus Christmas Spectacular - one of the best things to do at Christmas in Norfolk.

Christmas lights in Norfolk

There are a couple of exciting Christmas light trails in Norfolk this year. You can also wander around some of the towns and villages in Norfolk and check out their light displays.

Thursford

Enchanted Journey of Light

Address: Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0AS.
Dates: 19th November to 24th December 2023.
Tickets: £20.00 per person, Under 2 – FREE.

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall by Candlelight

Address: Holkham Hall, Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB
Dates:  7th, 8th, 11th and 14th December 2023.
Tickets: Adult – £36.00, Child – £18.00. Under 2 – FREE.

Sandringham

Luminate Sandringham

Address: Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE35 6EN.
Dates: 11th November to 24th December 2023.
Tickets: Adult – from £18.25, Child – from £13.25.

Blickling Hall

Garden of Lights

Address: Blickling Estate, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6NF.
Dates: 2nd to 23rd December 2023.
Tickets: £15.00 per adult. Child (5-17) – £7.50. Under 5 – FREE.

Norwich Tunnel of Light

Tunnel of Light

Address: Hay Hill (next to Saint Peter Mancroft).
Dates: TBC.
Tickets: Free.

Also – don’t miss the Norwich Castle light projections, Fakenham Christmas light switch on and the Norwich Christmas light switch-on.

Boys walking in a Christmas light display. There are lots of Christmas light trails in Norfolk.

Christmas markets in Norfolk

We love wandering around a traditional Christmas market with a mulled wine. They are a great place to pick up some handmade Christmas gifts.

Here are the Norfolk Christmas markets worth a visit this year:

Norfolk Festive Gift Show

Norfolk Festive Gift Show

Address: Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 0TT.
Dates: 10th to 12th November 2023.
Tickets: Adult – £7.00 (online) / £10.00 (on the door). Child (1-16) – £5.00 (online) / £5.50 (on the door).

Hockwold Hall

Hockwold Hall Christmas Fayre

Address: Hockwold Hall, Hockwold Cum Wilton, Brandon, Norfolk, IP26 4HZ.
Dates: TBC.
Tickets: £4.00 per person in advance (under 9 yrs – FREE). £5.00 on the day.

Holkham Hall

Christmas Market

Address: Holkham Hall, Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB
Dates: 9th & 10th December 2023.
Tickets: Free.

Sandringham

Christmas Craft and Food Fair

Address: Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE35 6EN.
Dates: 17th, 18th and 19th November 2023.
Tickets: Adult – £10.00, Child (5-15) – £4.00.

Norfolk Artisan Fair

Norfolk Artisan Fair

Address: The Racecourse, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7NY.
Dates: 11th & 12th November 2023.
Tickets: Adult – £4.50, Child (Under 16) – FREE.

Delegate Christmas Market

Christmas Market

Address: Main Road, Burnham Deepdale, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 8FB.
Dates: During November and December.
Tickets: Free.

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Christmas Market

Address: Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN
Dates: 26th November 2023.
Tickets: FREE.

People standing by a stall at a Christmas market.

Christmas Afternoon Tea in Norfolk

Having afternoon tea is such a British thing to do – but have you tried a festive afternoon tea?

It’s one of the best Christmassy things to do in Norfolk after a morning of Christmas shopping at the Christmas markets.

The Norfolk Mead (Coltishall) – available throughout December. £17.50 per person.

Lynford Hall Hotel (Mundford) – weekends through December. £39.00 for 2 people.

The Assembly House (Norwich) – TBC.

Barnham Broom (Barnham Broom) – TBC. From £23.95 per person.

Two festive mugs of tea in front of an open fire.

Christmas breaks at hotels in Norfolk

If you feel like getting away for Christmas and having everything taken care of for you, there are some lovely festive breaks for families in the UK.

These are the best hotels offering Christmas breaks in Norfolk.

Titchwell Manor

If it’s luxury you’re looking for this Christmas in Norfolk with everything taken care of for you, you can’t beat Titchwell Manor.

It is especially good for families with so many fun activities on offer. Here is their festive brochure and you can book your stay here.

Potters Resort

Potters Resorts is an all-inclusive resort on the Norfolk coast. In many ways, it is similar to Center Parcs, offering lots of activities. There are 3 and 4 night festive breaks are available from 17th November to 30th December.

Le Strange Arms

Book your Christmas break at Le Strange Arms here. See more info on their Christmas breaks.

Dunstan Hall

Book your stay at Dunstan Hall here and view their Christmas package here.

The National Trust also has a number of cottages in Norfolk if you are looking for a self-catering option. See here for National Trust Christmas breaks in Norfolk.

Other things to do in Norfolk at Christmas

Had your fill of Christmas events in Norfolk? How about trying out some of these alternative things to do at Christmas in Norfolk?

Go and pick out your own Christmas tree at Norfolk Christmas Trees in Great Melton or Manor Farm Christmas Trees in Thetford.

How about ice skating at Winter Wonderland in Norwich or at the Carrow Road Festive Fair?

We haven’t listed all of the things to do in Norfolk in December so if there’s something you’d like to add, please let us know.

And if you’re visiting London this Christmas, here are some of the best places to see Father Christmas in London this year.