If the changing of the season has left you feeling a little flat, we’ve got plenty of reasons to be cheerful as we indulge in a little – never too early – festive spirit!
Mulled wine, twinkling lights, gift swapping and those events that make you tingle with Christmas magic as the children burst with excitement! Here’s a look at what’s ahead for Christmas 2023:
Get a head start on the gifts with a wander around a Christmas market.
4th November 2023
Jabbawocky Crafts Village Christmas Fayre at The Forum
10th November 2023 Christmas Craft Fair 2nd Reepham Scout Hut
10-11th November 2023 Priory Barns Christmas Fair
10-12th November 2023
Norfolk Festive Gift & Food Show, Norfolk Showground
11th November 2023
Local Makers Market: Christmas Market at The Forum
11-12th November 2023
The Norfolk Artisan Fair at Christmas, Fakenham Racecourse
16th November 2023
Norfolk Craft Christmas Fayres at The Forum
Saturday 18th November 2023
Hellesdon Christmas Market
Christmas Fayre, Taverham Village Hall
Burnham Market Christmas Lights switch on
Christmas Market Ormiston Victory Academy
17-19th November 2023
Sandringham Christmas Craft, Food & Gift Fair
19th November 2023
Norwich Vegans Christmas Market at The Forum
Christmas Food and Craft Market, The Little Norfolk Farm Ltd
Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 November 2023
Festive Fair at The Forum
24-26th November 2023
Wells Christmas Tide Festival
25th November 2023
Wroxham & Hoveton Christmas Market
Christmas Fair in Blofield Church
Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre, Goodies Food Hall, Diss
Creake Abbey’s Christmas Gift Fair
25th-26th November 2023
Christmas Market at Fairhaven Gardens
26th November 2023
Christmas Fair at Glen Lodge Bawburgh
Norwich’s Christmas Craft & Flea, The Halls Norwich
Pensthorpe Christmas Market
Fierce Babe Xmas Market, The Assembly House
30th November – 2nd December 2023
Global Village Christmas Market at The Forum
2nd December 2023
Care For Clare Festive Craft Fair at The Clare School South Park Avenue
St Matthew’s Church Xmas Fayre Thorpe Hamlet
Bowthorpe Scout Group Christmas Craft Fair
Christmas Craft Market at Redwell Brewery Taproom
9th December 2023
Black Barn Farm Christmas Market, Black Barn Farm Salhouse
9-10th December 2023
Christmas Market at The Shoe Factory, St Marys Works
Christmas Food, Drink & Gift Market at Holkham Hall
Sunday 10th December 2023
Happy “Prepmas” at The Forum
Christmas Fair, Jessopp Road Scout & Community Hub
17th December 2023
Brew and friends Christmas makers market
Big Family Moments – This year it’s all about fabulous lights and festive nights!
If you’re looking for that one event that will make memories for years to come, here are a few wow events that Mumbler can suggest for Christmas 2023:
Norwich Puppet Theatre at Christmas
2nd, 9th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd December 2023
Nothing makes the Christmas season special like meeting the Big Man himself. Join Father Christmas in his festive toy workshop here at the Theatre and choose your own puppet gift from his magical tree to take home with you.
An Audience with Father Christmas at Holkham Hall
9th, 10th, 22nd, 23rd December 2023
He’ll soon be filling his sleigh with gifts and on his way to Norfolk, and you and your little ones are invited to a very special Audience with Father Christmas at Holkham.
Barton House Railway Santa Special
Sunday 17th December 2023, 12pm – 3pm
A chance for the children to meet Father Christmas on the train in his Railway Grotto
BeWILDerwood presents Christmas
Selected dates 2nd – 22nd December 2023
A sparkly light & panto trail, new for 2023
Bure Valley Railway at Christmas
2nd December to 24th December 2023
Enjoy a 1 hour experience from our Aylsham Station including festive treats, a 30 minute steam train ride and a visit to see Santa in his grotto.
Banham Zoo & Africa Alive Reserve Christmas Experience
Selected dates 24th November – 24th December 2023
Includes Entry to the Zoo, Embark on a Magical Journey Aboard the Winter Train, Meet Father Christmas in His Wild Workshop, Be Amazed by Our Brand-New Christmas Storytime Show, A Gift for Everyone.
Church Farm Stow Bardolph
30th of November to the 23rd of December 2023
All Father Christmas tickets include a full day’s admission to the Farm between 10am & 5pm, as well as visiting Father Christmas at your chosen timeslot.
1th November – 24th December 2023
This winter, Luminate Sandringham will return for an enchanting experience, with new additions to the creative spectacular after dark light trail.
North Norfolk Pole Experience, Pensthorpe UK
Selected dates 1st-23rd December 2023
Santa Claus is taking residence here for 9 days in December. Kick-start your Christmas celebrations with a little magic and come along to our North Norfolk Pole experience – suitable for all ages!
The Polar Express Train ride at Mid-Norfolk Railway
1th November – 23rd December 2023
Do you believe? We do at the Mid-Norfolk Railway and that is why we are proud to be again hosting an exciting magical experience like no other.
Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light & Thursford Christmas Spectacular
Selected dates between 8th November – 23rd December 2023
If you’d like to see Christmas lights being switched on, you can find out when and where they are happening HERE
A Pinocchio Adventure at The Garage
14-24th December 2023
It’s a magical musical adventure for ages 5-8 who may be too old for the fan favourite My First shows but not ready for a full-blown theatre trip.
Christmas at The Maddermarket
1st December 2023 – 3rd December 2023
XMAS Pop Party
4th December 2023 – 5th December 2023
A Christmas Cracker
15th December 2023 – 30th December 2023
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Cromer Pier Christmas Show
25th November 2023 – 30th December 2023
Expect all the usual West End production values including our jaw-dropping 8-meter video wall delivering sensational special effects to a whole new level
Sleeping Beauty Pantomime Norwich Theatre Royale
Off Peak Performances – 9 to 17 Dec 2023 & 3 to 7 Jan 2024 & Peak Performances – 19 to 31 Dec 2023
Breakfasts with Santa in and around Norwich
Sprowston Garden Centre: All our sessions have limited numbers, tickets are £14.95 per child and £9.95 per adult.
Banham Zoo: 23rd and 24th December 2023, from 8.30am £34.95 per child
Brewers Fayre: Every Saturday & Sunday in December plus every morning from 18th-24th* December 2023, from £7.99 per child
Cock Inn Drayton: 16th December 2023 09:00 am & 23rd December 2023 10:00 am, £10 per child
Copper Beech Pub: on various dates throughout December
Fizz & Fromage: 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th December 2023
Hungry Horse: 9th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th December 2023, £8 per child
Melsop Farm Park: 8th, 9th, 15th, 6th, 19th, 20th December 2023 from 10am, Adults £8/children £10
Notcutts: 15th to 24th December 20234, 8am to 9.30am, From £13 per child, adult £7.45, two adults £12
Rushcutters Arms: Saturday 9th, 16th and 23rd December 2023 from 9:00am.
Taverham Nursery Centre: 19th-23rd December 2023, £10 per child
The Townhouse: Available on the weekend of 16th and 17th and 20th to the 23rd of December 2023 for £9.99 per person. To visit Santa on the 24th December will cost £10.99 per person.
Wyevale Garden Centre: 23rd and 24th December 2023 9am, £10.95 per child, £5-£8.50
Holt Garden Centre: Saturday 9th & Saturday 16th December 2023 9.30am-10.30am, £12.99 per child
Highway Garden & Leisure: From 18th November – 24th December 2023, Breakfast or Afternoon Tea £14.95 per child £11.95 per adult
Thetford Garden Centre: 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December 2023, £14.99 per child
Breakfast with Santa: Williams’ Kitchen & Explorer’s Soft Play: Throughout December 2023, 8-10am, £17.50 per person including soft play, all you can eat breakfast and a visit and gift from Santa for the kids.
Do you have a festive family favourite? Email email@example.com and we can make sure it’s on the website.