It’s part three of our Festive Fun roundup! Here we countdown the best events taking place in mid December – and there are plenty of them! From fancy Father Christmas visits to Family Christmas concerts, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained here in Norwich – pens at the ready, or if you’re a Bake Off fan get yourself a spreadsheet to get truly organised…!
Top image: Father Christmas at Holkham Hall
Strangers’ Hall at Christmas is truly a sight to behold: decked out with traditional Tudor Christmas decorations, it’s full of festive charm and a lovely place to meet Father Christmas in his workshop. As well as entertainment and music, there’ll also be craft activities and carol singers too! This is a truly unique way to meet Mr Claus.
10am – 4pm, £5 per child to meet Father Christmas plus usual museum admission - Adult £4.80, Conc £4.60, Child (4-16) £3.90.
Prepare to be tempted by all manner of wonderful crafts and gifts, all produced by talented individuals – a great way to avoid mass-produced items. This event in The Forum is a good opportunity to browse jewellery, clothes, beauty, health products and more!
Free entry,open Thursday - 10am - 8pm and Friday / Saturday 10am - 6pm.
Join The Great Hospital’s fantastic tour guide, Rod Spokes, for an amazing journey through the history of the building, from its original use right through to the present day. Reward yourselves after taking in all that interesting information with a tea or coffee and a homemade mince pie (included).
This is a one-off event so get in quick if you want a spot on the tour – they’re limited! £10 per person, 15 December 10am – 12noon. Call 01603 598705 to book.
Head to the wonderful Maddermarket Theatre for this stage adaptation of George’s Marvellous Medicine, a play by one of the greatest ever children’s authors – Roald Dahl. Most of us will know the (naughty but fun!) story of a little boy makes magical potions to replace his nasty grandmother’s medicine – with hilarious results!
Suitable for 6 years and above, tickets £10 - £15. Performances at 2.30pm, 4pm and 7.30pm available to buy online.
Image: Meet Father Christmas at Holkham Hall
Another much-loved family event that returns to Holkham Hall every year, this is your chance to meet Father and Mother Christmas and listen to their amazing Christmas tales along with an all-singing, all-dancing band of elves who’ll entertain you (along with a few of their cheeky surprises) throughout the evening! Young visitors will get a present to take home and there’ll be prosecco/ soft drinks for all!
10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.30pm and 4.45pm on 17 – 20 December. Tickets: Adult £16, Child £16. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.
Prepare yourselves for an incredible experience as Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and Norwich Baroque perform Handel's Messiah by candlelight, in the beautiful setting of Norwich Cathedral! This is a not-to-be-missed event and booking is essential.
7.30 – 9.30pm on 17 December. Tickets £20, £16 and £12 (£5 for under 18’s sitting in the side aisles), available to buy from various outlets; Cathedral Gift Shop, Prelude Records on 01603 628319 or Norwich Theatre Royal on 01603 630000, or online here.
This is a brand spanking new Christmas market at OPEN – and one which promises lots of Victorian-themed festive fun! Browse stall after stall of quality hand-crafted gifts, speciality food and produce - you won’t find these items on the high street! Enjoy stallholders getting into the swing of things in their Victorian attire as well as carol singers to entertain and hot food and drinks to indulge in. Kids can meet Santa in his grotto, too.
Free entry, Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.
For the finer details on Christmas in Norwich visit our dedicated Christmas section on VisitNorwich.co.uk. There's info on where to stay, eat, shop and explore as well as lots of additional information - it's all here!
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