Christmas Events in Norfolk are looking a little different this year, the latest tier 2 restrictions means that some places are still able to welcome you and to keep the Christmas Spirit alive, but do check with the individual establishment for the latest update and information.

What Christmas Events in Norfolk For 2020?

Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light

We are holding the Enchanted Journey of Light as a one-off event for 2020 here at Thursford, after sadly having to postpone the Christmas Spectacular until 2021 due to Covid-19.

Please note – Father Christmas is currently ICE-olating so will not be attending this event

When twilight falls the magic begins!

Your journey will begin in the main auditorium, an all new indoor Wonderland Trail: a maze of engines, fairy-tale characters and an immersive experience of light and sound including one of the UK’s biggest kinetic light displays. Wander through an enchanted trail partitioned by magical steam engines and marvel at the vast decorations covering each corner of the building!

Next your journey will progress into the Santa’s Magical Journey Building (sadly Santa is currently ICE-olating so will not be attending the event).  You will travel past the penguins and polar bears to the giant-sized teddy bears! Get ready to see how the elves have loaded Santa’s sleigh, then past the busy elves hard at work in the toy factory using the wondrous wrapping machine!
Throughout your journey you’ll meet lots of fantasy land characters including the snowman family, make sure you watch out for their snowballs!

Your journey continues as you venture outside to a 4 acre Lantern Light Extravaganzaa beautifulbreath-taking festival of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy forest of jungle animals to the wilds of the North Pole.

The Santa Experience Wroxham Barns

Christmas Events in Norfolk Wroxham Barns

Norfolk’s sell-out Christmas experience is back  and this year we’ve worked hard to ensure we’re Covid secure. Taking place every weekend in December PLUS 21st, 22nd, 23rd and for the first time EVER Christmas Eve too.   We’re delighted to announce that Norfolk’s favourite Santa has agreed once again to take time out of his busy schedule at the North Pole to come to Junior Farm at Wroxham Barns with his Elves for his hugely popular ‘Santa Experience’ and this year there’s even more fun to be had with our ALL-NEW Live Animal nativity, new Elf Academy, New Toy Shop and New Snow Storm Barn.

To ensure we’re Covid safe this year, we’ve work tirelessly not to disappoint the little ones and we’re so pleased we can offer a fun and safe experience for everyone. This year we have reduced capacity to ensure social distancing is possible.  The experience will work in bubbles therefore we have had to put some parameters in place.  There will be a minimum number of 4 and a maximum of 6 people per bubble, but please don’t worry, because if you have less than 4 people, there are options available to you, or you can join another bubble, as long as the number does not exceed 6.

We are offering an immersive and very special ‘Santa Experience’ lasting  over 2 hours and NO QUEUES!  We will be bringing alive the magic of Christmas for your little ones and an opportunity to spend quality time with Santa and his Elves.  Children will take part in an all new Elf Academy with our mischievous North Pole Elves and at their Graduation Ceremony they will receive an Elf School Diploma Certificate and an Elf Hat to take away (parents you don’t miss out, you will receive an Elf Hat too!). There will be good quality Christmas crafts too,  where the children can decorate a lovely craft to take away.  Now, onto our all new real animal Nativity,  see the Donkeys and other animals with our elves. you will then meet the man in red himself for story time and Reindeer Food making, finally you will need to head to our new Toy Shop to choose ANY gift you like!.

Santa River Cruise at Wroxham

Christmas Events in Norfolk River Cruise to see Santa

Postponed until 2021

Living so close to the Norfolk Broads its only fitting that you can visit Santa on a River Cruise on board the Vintage Broadsman.

Santa Cruises leave from the moorings by Wroxham Bridge.  Santa’s Pixies will serve all children a large festive cookie and soft drink and all the adults will receive one or two glasses of mulled wine and a mince pie.  As you cruise down to Wroxham Broad the children will be able to take part in a Christmas quiz and a free to enter colouring or drawing competition.

When you reach Wroxham Broad Santa prepares his reindeer to land on the top deck of the boat.    What a clatter the sleigh makes as it comes in for its final approach!  Santa will then heave his heavy sack off the sleigh and carry it into the lower deck.

All children aged between 1 and 15 years will be called to Santa to receive a very special gift. Once Santa has delivered all the presents families will then be able to go onto the top deck to admire the beauty of the Broads.

Santa on North Norfolk Railway

Christmas Events in Norfolk Santa on North Norfolk railway

What could be more magical than stepping onto the platform at Sheringham Station, with steam gently rising around the carriages as Santa’s Steam Train patiently waits to take you to see the big man himself?

Relax in the comfy compartment seats aboard the train with festive treats. Why not make a party of it and add one of Santa’s Selection Platters to your booking? Each of these platters which serve 4 people are lovingly handmade and are made up of freshly made sandwiches, savoury bites, cakes and of course sweet treats!

During your visit to Santa’s Station, wonder around our unique festive walk-through kingdom filled with over 100 Christmas trees, light displays, decorations and much more. You are well on your way to meeting the man in red himself where every child will receive a carefully chosen, quality gift.

Once you have visited Santa in his safe grotto, it’s time to get back on the train to Sheringham!

Norfolk Lights Express

The Norfolk Lights Express is a fantastic wintertime experience returning to the North Norfolk Railway for 2020. Join us on this extravagant evening train ride through the beautiful North Norfolk countryside from the original Railway station building in the Seaside town of Sheringham up to Holt, which for this year will be turned in to a picturesque winter wonderland. Whilst on your journey, you will see beautifully lit line-side displays which are sure to dazzle everyone of all ages. Your journey will be accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack tailored specifically for the experience.

There will be plenty of food and drinks available on your journey too, from mulled wine and hot chocolate to warm chestnuts, along with much more. There is something for the whole family!

Bure Valley Railway Festive Express

Christmas Events in Norfolk Bure Valley railway Santa Experience

Hop on board one of our Festive Express steam trains this December. Enjoy a 1 hour experience from our Aylsham Station including festive treats, a 30 minute steam train ride and a guest appearance from Santa.

Each child will receive a personalised present from Santa himself.

Arrive at Aylsham Station 20-30 minutes before your train departs to collect your boarding pass and festive refreshments to enjoy on your journey. You will have your own heated private compartment for your party.

Once everyone has boarded, the train will depart our brightly decorated station to Brampton. Wave to your Steam engine from your carriage as it turns around before returning.

As you make your way back to Aylsham Station Santa will be waiting to greet you on his sleigh. Stay seated in the warmth of your carriage as we call you forward to collect your children’s personalised present from Santa.

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Dippy’s Christmas Celebration

Come and experience Dippy’s Christmas Celebration – at our magical festive event.

This year, families can experience our grotto – with exclusive passport time slots.

You will get to meet the whole team of elves, and be transported to the North Pole, make friends with Mrs Christmas and venture into rooms normally only allowed for the eyes of Elves!

Then head in to meet Father Christmas himself! Your experience will also include a free digital download photograph and present – which you can pick from our toy shop inside the grotto. You can also enjoy some hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream at the end of the experience – all done with COVID safety measures in place.

We remind guests to arrive at their pre-selected passport time slot, to ensure that social distancing can be adhered to – although the grotto experience will be an exclusive one for your family bubble – of up to 6 people.

The magical grotto experience is £15 for children, with one adult free to accompany the child. Additional adults into the grotto are charged at £2. A park admission ticket must also be purchased for each guest too.

During our Christmas Celebration, you can also experience our NEW for 2020 Magical Present room which is for children only, no adults allowed, your children can choose you or a loved one a Christmas gift (for a small charge) – and our Elf will help your child wrap it up, creating a Christmas surprise for you to open on Christmas morning.

Other activities include our Christmas Trail – where young adventurers can find the 5 hidden candy canes to win a special festive prize.

You can also experience some Christmas disco dancing and Carol Singing with Dippy LIVE and our beautiful Christmas Tree at the entrance and festive decorations across the park. You can purchase some yule logs, mince pies and even spot our gingerbread house inside our Dinomite Café.

Along with our ROARR-some attractions, this is an experience not to be missed this Christmas!

We are also offering the chance for guests to enjoy our Christmas Grotto in the evening – with limited availability. This experience will take place between the times of 5.30pm and 8.30pm (you will book your own grotto slot online during these times) on December 4th, 11th and between 19th – 23rd December.

Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular

Celebrating 19 years of phenomenally success the Christmas Spectacular runs from 12th December 2020 to 10th January 2021 this show has Fun, thrills and excitement for the whole family. Bigger and Better than ever Jack & Peter Jays all new Christmas Spectacular at the Hippodrome returns for another successful season at the Great Yarmouth historic venue. This new Norfolk tradition combines the best in International Circus Artistes, the unique water spectacle with Aerialists, Synchronized Swimmers, Giant Fountains and the magic of Christmas with Hilarious Comedy from JACK JAY & BEN LANGLEY with over 50 performers one of Europe’s largest Christmas Show

Strictly Christmas on Cromer Pier

Brought to you by Nigel Hogg Productions

Ticket sales online or from the mobile box office on 07818 130678

The first indoor socially distanced festive variety show in Norfolk and possibly even Great Britain is right here, it’s not The Cromer Pier Christmas Show but it is the  next best thing  Hosted by Norfolk funny man Olly Day and an array of the finest variety entertainers in the country fused together in a celebration of variety and the arts.   Expect some familiar extremely talented faces that have graced the theatre’s famous stage before and also some brand new faces in a 90-minute variety extravaganza.

The Pavilion theatre can not open profitably until social distancing is over so Openwide Coastal are donating the theatre free of charge to help support the artists by enabling them to generate some income for themselves and get back on stage to perform which they so desperately need to do. In making the theatre available to this intrepid band Cromer Pier is doing their bit to help Keep Variety Alive until normal service and their own Summer Show can resume. During these challenging times the show is in aid of supporting the artists that have been left with no income and support until they can work again. The production team, the artists and tech crew would be very grateful for your support. We have got a show, now all we need is you,  please come along and help us save the arts.

With the help of Openwide Coastal Ltd. and North Norfolk District Council  the Pavilion Theatre has been made completely Covid-19 safe and has been given the Visit England “Good To Go” award for enhanced confidence.

Limited to 100 tickets per show any unsold tickets will be available on the door.

Maximum of six tickets per booking in line with the rule of 6

Booking is unallocated seating, you will be seated by the ushers on the evening according to your social bubble

The Box Office is closed but you can purchase tickets through the mobile box office on 07818 130678 ticket collection is from the pop up box office in the Bar on the night of the performance only.  No postage option is available.  Doors open at 18:45

As this is not an Openwide Coastal production we regret that credit vouchers can not be redeemed against this show

Show duration is 90 minutes with no interval

Face coverings must be worn

Bar will be open until show time

Luminate Sandringham

Nestled deep within Her Majesty’s private Estate, awaits a spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses.

As darkness descends, join us on our enchanting journey, as we weave a captivating light trail through the Country Park at Sandringham, the much loved rural retreat of Her Majesty. Immerse yourself in our mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.

A Timeless experience to be enjoyed by all, young and old alike.
Luminate Sandringham will run nightly, from Thursday 17th December 2020 to Sunday 17th January 2021 (closed Christmas Day)
Tickets must be pre-booked online in advance.


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