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Your massive face could win you a prize

It's happening, isn't it?

The Christmas windows are up in the shops. People have started detangling their fairy lights and wondering which bulb it is that's broken. The supermarket catalogues that appear through your letter box are cover to cover with mince pies and impressive ways to cook a salmon. Social media and office kitchens are alive with people saying things like "I swear it gets earlier every year" and tutting as they press enter or fold a tea towel. Magic is in the air, and very very slowly, people are getting 'Love Actually' out the cupboard, and making all kinds of exciting plans for the festive season. 

Christmas is coming, and we are EXCITED.

The Competition

To celebrate the launch of Norwich at Christmas (it's a website; we'll tell you more later on in this post), we've worked with Norwich BID to pull off something really spectacular this year. During December, we're opening up the Norwich Castle projector, to beam your face onto this incredible, 900 year old regal backdrop. ANYONE can join in, the only condition is that you try and go all out on your festive props: bad jumpers, naff antlers, dogs in costumes, matching outfits, baubles as earrings, you get the idea. Anyone who attempts any reconstructions of Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' will have my particular admiration.

Images will be screened on Norwich Castle every night in December until Christmas Eve, 5pm - 6pm. Not only that, but there are PRIZES to be won. The best overall 'Festive Face' will have their image screened onto Norwich Castle on Christmas Day, plus win a luxury city break for two in Norwich. There are runners up prizes too, for best animal, best group and best portrait. So what are you waiting for? This is a unique opportunity, and probably the only chance you'll ever get to know what your cat looks like 70ft tall. 

Enter now!

The projections will run throughout December, with the winner making an appearance on Christmas Day itself!
The projections will run throughout December, with the winner making an appearance on Christmas Day itself!

The Website

There's lots going on in Norwich over Christmas, and sometimes it can be hard to know where to start looking when you're planning your visit.

Well no longer, reader!

We've made the handy as a central point for all things Christmas in Norwich. Want to know where Santa is? That's here. Want to know when the Tunnel of Light is switched on? Here. Not sure whether you can face the Christmas traffic? Us neither; find information on bus and cycle routes here. 

The site has everything you need to get you through the festive period, from start to finish. All of the pages link to where you can find more information if you need it, and provide inspiration if you're at a loss for what to do or where to go this year. You can find shopping information and where to find Christmas markets, events, places to stay, things to do, Father Christmas experiences as well as recommendations for places to eat and drink. 

Find out more at

The Royal Arcade at Christmas
The Royal Arcade at Christmas


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