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Our Christmas Story

Down every cobbled street, through every welcoming door, behind every rippling pane of glass there’s a story waiting to be discovered ...

Norwich is a city with a difference; a city where contemporary is juxtaposed with old, where new is as exciting as familiar is comforting. This Christmas Norwich, the City of Stories  presents three new amazing light attractions to entrance and mesmerise all ages from November through to January.

So if your Christmas wish is a Christmas of tradition, swaddled with artistry and imaginativeness then our Christmas story is for you, read on as it unfolds...

Top image: artist's impression of the projection onto Norwich Castle


When the city lights are switched on 17 November, the UK’s first immersive Tunnel Of Light is born. Walk through a magical tunnel made of 50,000 sequenced lights reflecting the patterns and ‘colours of the infamous Northern Lights. Inspired by Nagashia Resort’s theme park in Nabana no Sato in Japan it will be truly spectacular as darkness falls.


Spectacular light projections onto two of Norwich’s most iconic buildings will transform the city at night. From 5pm, spectators will see Art Deco City Hall and Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery as never before. Entrancing shows set to emotive music will entertain all ages with their clever portrayals of traditions and seasonal journeys.

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Top image: artist's impression of the projection onto Norwich Castle


Outside City Hall an 8-meter high Norwegian spruce stands proudly, bedecked in glowing lights. Flanking and overlooking Norwich Market decorated with star balls in the trees, it will be quite a sight as your gaze takes you towards dazzling Jarrolds independent department store and over to Norwich Castle.


Christmas markets are the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Christmas. Unusual gifts, original trinkets, buy-now-or-it's-gone moments at pop-up shopping events are what we love in bucket loads. Complete the experience with winter food and drink, seasonal background music, twinkly lights and you are set for a great day out.


Shopping in Norwich is a treat with plenty of independent retailers and boutiques selling vintage to designer, art to antiques and everything in between. And with two malls and 4 regional flagship department stores including M&S, John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser; every pocket is catered for.

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Image: Christmas shopping in Norwich


Whether shopping, sightseeing or out for a stroll - taking a break for something to eat and drink is a must - Christmas after all is about being sociable.  Nothing shouts the season more than a cosy candlelit meal for two, a family or friends get together around a big table or wrapped up warm tucking into fish and chips on the go.


Christmas music is the icing on the Christmas cake! And Norwich is bursting with music of all genres. Classic carols take place in historic buildings like Norwich Cathedral, The Cathedral of St John the Baptist and Norwich’s largest medieval church St Peter Mancroft. Whilst concerts and performance abound at the Theatre Royal, Playhouse and OPEN.

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Image: choir at Norwich Cathedral, copyright Paul Hurst


Take your pick of Christmas shows. Pantomime, Christmas swing, vintage dance, comedy, puppets and classical candlelit music performances all feature across Norwich theatres (there are 4), venues and even in the streets. Whatever you’re into, it will be here in Norwich - day and night - leading up to the big day itself and into New Year.


At this time of year museums delve into their collections to bring a host of special events for all ages. Strangers’ Hall presents Father Christmas in Tudor style, The Museum of Norwich tells the story of Christmas Cracker production in Norwich, Henry I celebrates Christmas at Norwich Castle plus  enjoy museum lates for those who like to venture out later.


The last chapter we hand over to you. We want to see you living the story through your festive pictures of Norwich. It may be a selfie in the Tunnel of Light, a get together over dinner, a cosy drink in a city pub or the family at a Christmas market. Share your pics with us using #Christmas #Norwich #CityofStories - we can’t wait to see your story through images.



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