Get your diaries ready – here’s the long-awaited part two of our top festive events highlights, and because there’s so much going on, we’ll just cover the first half of December in this post. So prepare yourselves, because Christmas in Norwich is a well and truly jam-packed season!
Psst… Remember to keep your eyes peeled for part three and four which will cover the last few weeks leading up to Christmas (read part one here).
Image: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Norwich Playhouse
This is a Norwich favourite! Every year Norfolk’s own Blue Sueders put on their 50’s attire, head over to The Forum and perform with the King himself – Elvis! Expect plenty of Christmas classics with a rock ‘n’ roll twist along with some carols to keep those traditional feelings! Not only that, but Elvis will be joined by Christmas heart-throb, Michael Bublé… well, his impersonator actually, Dale Bullimore – and he always puts on a fantastic show! Tickets are £15 and worth every penny to get you in the festive mood, but buy them soon because they always sell out fast!
Join Norwich Cathedral’s choir at OPEN for a day of hymns and all things crafty! There’ll be a carol concert at 1pm, then after you’ve sung your hearts out with the choir you can browse an array of craft stalls to hunt out that perfect, not-on-the-high-street gift! And it’s free entry so that leaves extra change for presents! 11am – 2pm.
Image: credit Paul Hurst
This was so much fun last year that it’s back again for 2016! Join singer Joe Ringer and his orchestra at Norwich Playhouse (one of our favourite performance venues in Norwich!) for an evening of festive songs. They’ll cover musicals, carols and classic Christmas songs with plenty of fun and sparkle – think Bublé one minute and Silent Night the next! Tickets £19; buy online here.
For those who are craving a very traditional Christmas event, this is perfect. Norwich Cathedral’s choir perform Christmas songs and hymns in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral; tickets start at £12 and you can find out more here.
Tickets £16.50; buy online here.
Britain’s foremost Chamber opera company (for those not in the know, these are operas written to be performed with a chamber orchestra rather than a full orchestra), Diva Opera, return to the beautiful Holkham Hall again this year with a new show. Expect a night of popular arias, songs and carols all accompanying the comical festival tale, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.
Tickets are £38, which includes a glass of Champagne (very civilised!), and can be booked online here.
Strangers’ Hall are celebrating the festive season with style in this great storytelling event. Have a wander around this impressive building, which dates back to the 14th century, and marvel at the beautiful Christmas decorations as you learn more about the wealthy merchants and mayors who lived there. Then settle down for stories of Christmas past before rounding off your evening with mince pies and winter punch! There’ll be storytelling sessions throughout the evening at 5.30, 6.30 & 7.30pm.
Tickets are £8 for adults and £7.50 for concessions, which includes refreshments.
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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