Father Christmas is a very busy man at the moment. I tried as hard as I could, but I couldn’t get an interview with him as he is - of course - inundated with logistics enquiries and last-minute additions to the nice list. However, he did give me a couple of dates for my diary about where I can find him in Norfolk, and he’s asked me to tell you too (and he’s not where you’d expect him)…
Ever the seasoned flyer, Santa will be making a daring landing on board the top deck of the Vintage Broadsman, and joining you all for a magical trip down Norfolk’s favourite waterway.
As part of Broads Tours’ Santa Cruise, take a journey down Norfolk’s beautiful Broads at wintertime, leaving 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. Santa will be giving gifts to all children aged between 1 and 15, before taking off again back to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas day. Once he’s moved his sleigh, families will then be welcome to go onto the top deck to experience the Broads in all of its fresh air splendour.
December 2017: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th
Fare: £12.00 per person and all under 1’s travel FREE. Optional gifts are available from Santa for the under 1’s at just £5.00 Please indicate at the time of booking. For more information visit our events listing.
Father Christmas also likes a spot of glamping. For a spell, he’ll be taking residence in a magical woodland yurt, tucked away in the illuminated winter woodland garden at Fairhaven (you’ll even be able to meet his reindeer!) There will be live music, illuminations, hot food in the tearoom and an Elves' Workshop with free Christmas crafts and face painting to keep the children busy!
From Saturday 16th December 2017 14:00 to Sunday 17th December 2017 19:00
Garden entry applies for adults (£6.75) and concessions (£6.15). £7.50 per child to visit Father Christmas and receive a present (includes garden entry all day). Booking is essential to visit Father Christmas, visit our website for details.
Santa doesn't just hang out with reindeer and penguins; he is a friend to all animals, and over Christmas he'll be at Banham zoo! You'll find him there chilling out amongst the zebra, the silvery marmoset and friends, and you can visit him in his amazing ice cave and receive a special gift! There will also be festive face painting and crafts, and don't forget about the other 2000 animals at the zoo that would love to see you!
Santa will be in session on the 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December
Tickets to visit are £5.95 each
And as Santa is a friend to all animals - even the ones that look a bit scary - he's also going to be at the Dinosaur Park! Enjoy a festive family day out with the chance to meet Santa in his grotto, and join in with festive crafts such as plate painting, making a magical elf wallet and making tree decorations. Plus for some Christmassy Winter Warmers, pop into the Dinomite Cafe for a mince pie, mulled wine, turkey and cranberry sub or chocolate Yule log!
Visit Santa on the 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 20th and 24th December, from 11am until 3pm
Tickets to see Santa are £6.95
Father and Mother Christmas will also be paying a visit to Holkham Hall, during December. You can meet them both in the Saloon where they will regale you with tales of wonder and magic while the all-singing, all-dancing band of cheeky elves will entertain you with musical interludes. They might also have a trick or two up their sleeves! And of course there will be a small present for all of their younger visitors, a glass of Prosecco or a soft drink for everyone plus a small biscuit for children.
From Sunday 17th December 2017 10:00 to Friday 22nd December 2017 17:30
Adult £17, Child (0-12 years) £17
Father Christmas arrives at Jarrolds like nobody else; with his own parade. On Sunday 26th of November, meet outside the Forum Shop at 10am to join the cheerleaders and dancers before following Father Christmas all the way to his Jarrolds workshop, where he will be installed until Christmas Eve. Every child that visits father Christmas in the Jarrold Toy Department receives a lovely gift, and tickets are £4.
Further information and times visit Jarrold.co.uk/events or call 01603 660661
You’ve seen him in the air, you might have spied him by the fireplace munching a mince pie but have you ever seen Santa’s very special Sleigh-on-rails? Canny engineer Father Christmas has modified his normal mode of transport, and adapted it especially for the Bure Valley Railway, just in time for December. The enchanting steam train ride starts in Wroxham and makes its way to Aylsham, where the station is dressed beautifully in twinkling lights and where Santa will be waiting to meet you! Entertainment and festive refreshments for all the family add to the Christmas magic, before climbing back aboard the Santa Train for the return journey to Wroxham.
From Saturday 2nd December 2017 to Sunday 24th December 2017
Prices: £15 Adults (13+), £15 Children (0-12). For more information visit our website.
Santa's made himself truly at home at Thursford, and has sprinkled some serious magic dust over the museum, which houses the world's largest collection of steam engines and organs. But while Santa's here, the place is transformed into something really spectacular and his magical woodland glitters as you go on a journey past penguins, polar bears and giant teddies as you make your way to his house. Santa will be handing out gifts to all the children that visit, and folks of all ages will be amazed at what he's done with the place; it will take your breath away.
Booking is essential, and you can visit Santa on 25th & 26th November 2017, and 02nd, 03rd, 09th,10th & 16th - 23rd December 2017.
Tickets: Adults £10.50; Children £16.50 and includes a present. Please visit the website for more details.
In his spare time (and he doesn't have much), Santa gets involved in the theatre. This year, you can catch him onstage before a special performance of 'A Christmas Carol', dresses as a Victorian version of himself. Visit him before the matinee show begins on the 23rd of December, from 12.30pm - 2pm. Children with show tickets to see that performance will be able to meet him and receive a small gift too!
Pre-booking is not required, just arrive with your show ticket from 12.30pm. Performance by Planet Theatre Productions, at Norwich Cathedral School. Buy tickets here!
Meet Father Christmas in his workshop and join the Strangers’ family in their eclectic and very special 14th century home, as they prepare for the festivities. With parlour games, music, dancing and magic lantern shows, all in the city centre!
Visit on the 16th and 20th of December
Tickets: £5 per child to meet Father Christmas, plus admission. Please visit our website for details.
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