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28/11/18

Blink and you'll miss him...

By Jaiden Durrant. Pictured, Strangers' Hall Museum

Father Christmas - the man well-renowned for filling the festive season with cheers, smiles, and every now and then a piece of coal for naughty children - has chosen the county of Norfolk to visit before he sets off on his yearly quest to deliver presents.

This page will be your guide to tracking the man himself down, getting in on the festivities, and finally, spreading the Christmas joy! Sound good? Then let’s begin with something waterborne…

Santa Cruise

We start off on the Santa Cruise (not to be confused with the ex Manchester City and Blackburn striker, Roque Santa Cruz). Join the team of Pixies on the Vintage Broadsman for an hour of family festive fun, including a seasonal quiz, Christmas sing along, and a colouring or drawing competition. While you enjoy either a mulled wine and mince pies for the adults, or a soft drink and festive cookies for the children, Father Christmas will attempt to safely and securely land his sleigh on the roof of the boat. Once he’s executed this jaw-dropping stunt, he will climb down into the boat with present to give to your children, which will be named especially for them.

December 2018: Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd December 2018.

Times: 11.00am – 12:00pm, 13:00pm – 14:00pm, and 15:00pm – 16:00pm.

£13.00 for all tickets, although Under 1’s can go for free. If you want your child under 1 to also have a specialised present, they are available at £5.00

Ready for the next sighting? Let’s move on…

The Santa Cruise with Broads Tours
The Santa Cruise with Broads Tours

Christmas at Africa Alive

From a boat, to Africa. Santa will be visiting Africa Alive in his next pit-stop for the Norfolk tour. You can join Santa for some festive fun with Christmas crafts, and animal handling in the Discovery Centre. What’s not to love, right? In addition to the already plentiful range of activities to take part in during this incredible day out – you can also get a unique present, to make sure your day is ended on the highest note possible.

December 2018: Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd December 2018.

The prices to visit Santa are £5.95 per child, which doesn’t cover admission into the zoo in general. Zoo admission costs £13.55 per adult, and £9.95 for children between the ages 3 -15 years. If your child is under 3, no need to pay for general admission – they enter for FREE.

Talking about following him, let’s have a look at the next place he will be perching up at…

Santa’s Grotto for Dogs

Yes, you did read that correctly… Santa has decided that he wants to give all the animals some love, and has chosen to chill out with some pooches at the Forum in Norwich City Centre. Bring your dressed-up dogs to meet Santa in his Grotto for dogs, the twist being that instead of Santa Claus attending, it’s Santa Woof Woof. As well as a different Santa, the RSPCA will be in attendance to give out little treats – and to of course help with taking a family photo. Most importantly, the grotto is free to attend – which will send you, and your dog barking mad… literally.

Is that everything? You would think so, but there is one more thing, which happens to be new for this year. There is a lucky draw to win vouchers for BrewDog’s ‘Dog Pawties’, where you can treat your favourite pooch to their own special party at BrewDog’s pub, which is located on Queen Street, Norwich.

Saturday 8th December
Times: 11.00am – 15.00pm.

Anyway, let’s get back on-track and follow Santa’s path to his next destination.

Santa Grotto for Dogs at The Forum
Santa Grotto for Dogs at The Forum

Father Christmas Parade at Jarrolds

Moving swiftly on from the animalistic form of Father Christmas in the last stop, and back onto the more human form. Santa will soon be at Jarrolds,  greeted by crowds of people watching him arrive in style. Hordes of people will be in attendance as the star man comes down the street – greeting families, and individuals as he bears down on his base camp. Here he will be positioned until he inevitably has to leave for a very special mission on Christmas Eve...

Santa will be in-store every day until Christmas Eve!

£5.00 per child to enter Santa's Grotto, which also includes a lovely gift. Tickets are available from the Toy Department on Floor 3.

Nevertheless, we shall hastily hurry to keep up with him, as he visits the other locations he has offered to accommodate.

Father Christmas at Jarrolds
Father Christmas at Jarrolds

Strangers' Hall

This year, see Father Christmas in his workshop and receive a present and a picture, before joining in a traditional Christmas at the magical back-in-time Strangers's Hall Museum. Clement C Moore’s magical tale of stockings and sugar-plums come to life within this 13th century merchants' house, with costumed characters, entertainment, projections, story-time, and Christmas crafts including ‘Ma in her cap’ and Victorian-style entertainers.

December 2018: 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd
Times: 10am - 4pm

Tickets £10 per child visit & museum; £8 Father Christmas visit only.

Christmas at Banham Zoo

Santa will be visiting Banham Zoo to spread the festive cheer. Take friends and family to enjoy the plentiful activities which are on offer – whilst enjoying meeting Santa in the ice cave.

Date-wise, the days that you can see Santa are: 1st December, 2nd December, 8th December, 9th December, 15th December, 16th December, 20th December, 21st December, 22nd December, 23rd December, and finally, Christmas Eve.

£5.95 per child to see Santa, which also allows access to the other Christmas themed activities such as Christmas Crafts and Face Painting. 

Let’s move onto the last location Santa will be attending…

ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure

Finally, Santa, as well as us, will have to come to the end of his Norfolk Christmas expedition – and he does this by going back in time to meet the dinosaurs at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure. You can visit the dinosaurs and Santa at the park throughout December, and maybe even follow them through the enchanted wardrobe – which leads to Narnia through the lost maze!

1st December through until Christmas Eve – where you’ll be able to meet him and his helpers.

Prices to see Santa £6.95 (additional to standard park admission), which also includes a present. Don’t worry if you get lost – life-sized dinosaurs and other reptiles will be there to help guide you around the park, to make sure you’re able to easily navigate around!

Christmas at Roarr!
Christmas at Roarr!

And there's more! You can also see Santa here:

Fairhaven Garden   |   Steam Train to Santa   |   The Thursford Collection   |  City of Norwich Aviation Museum