Free and Low Cost Family Christmas Events and Activities in Norfolk
Every school holiday we put together ideas on free and low cost activities, but we do it a bit earlier than the Christmas holidays as we know people enjoy getting festive in advance!
You can see the full Christmas list of events here.
(Please check with event organisers in advance in case of any changes.)
Places where kids eat free or cheap this Christmas
Asda Cafe: Kids eat for £1 all day every day with no adult spend until the end of 2023.
Norwich Theatre Royal Prelude Restaurant: 2023 Kids eat free during panto season. Any child under the age of 12 will receive a child’s main course and dessert free when accompanied by an adult purchasing a two or three course meal. Limited to one child per adult.
YALM: After school club, Tuesday-Friday 3-6pm kids eat free when accompanied by an adult purchasing a main meal during school term times only.
Morrisons: Spend £4.49 and get one free kids meal, all day every day.
Beefeater & Brewers Fayre: Two children under 16 can get a free breakfast every day with one paying adult.
Sizzling Pubs: Every Monday to Friday 3-7pm, kids mains are £1 with every adult meal
The Real Greek: Free kids meal for every £10 spent by an adult from Friday 22nd December until Sunday 7th January 2024
Travelodge & Premier Inn: Buy 1 adult breakfast from just £8.99 & up to two kids eat breakfast for free.
Hungry Horse: kids eat for £1 on Mondays
Sainsburys Cafes: Kids eat for £1 with the purchase of an adult hot main, from 11.30am every day.
Bella Italia: Children eat for £1 with any adult main, offer valid Monday to Thursday 4-6pm
Whitbread Inns: Two kids under 16 eat for Free with every adult breakfast purchased
Pausa Cafe Dunelm: Kids get 1 mini main, 2 snacks and a drink free with every £4 spent after 3pm
Tesco: Kids’ Pick ‘N’ Mix lunch deal, Choose a sandwich, a piece of fruit, 2 snacks and a drink. This meal deal is free with any adult purchase in a Tesco Café when our Kids Eat Free offer is available.
Christmas special events
Christmas arrives at Chantry Place (FREE)
Chantry Place is fully decked out for Christmas and it’s the perfect place to kick start the festivities! With a brand new light display and decorations, a chance to have a wish come true, late-night shopping, pop-ups and competitions, there is plenty for people to enjoy.
Check out our BLOG POST for more details.
Children’s Christmas Party (LOW COST)
Cromer Parish Hall, 65 Church St, Cromer NR27 9HH
Sunday 10th December 2-5pm, £2.50 per child
Call 01263686999 to book
Christmas at Waterloo Park (FREE)
Waterloo Park and Pavilion café – The Feed, Norwich, NR3 3HX
Sunday 26th November – Children’s Christmas Decorations, Upstairs 10-12pm and 1-3pm
Sunday 3rd December – City Gates Church carol singing, Bandstand 3pm
Saturday 9th December – St Luke’s Christingle, Main Cafe 3pm for oranges and cloves
Sunday 17th December – Friends of Waterloo Park Christmas Crafts, Upstairs 12.30-4pm
Tuesday 19th December – Christmas Mini Donks, Outside Cafe 1-3pm
Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st December – Polar Express Hunt, Around the park for a prize
Friday 22nd December – Come and meet Father Christmas in the Grotto, 2-4pm
Christmas fun day at Whittingtons in Norwich (LOW COST)
7 Frensham Rd, Norwich NR3 2BT
Saturday 25th November 2023 10-2pm
Meet Santa & his reindeers including refreshments, tombola, raffle, Christmas activities, letters to Santa.
Santa’s Grotto 10-2pm £5 per child including gift
Reindeer 10-2pm (Free no booking required)
Eaton Park Miniature Railway Christmas (LOW COST)
Eaton Park, S Park Ave, Norwich NR4 7AU
Sundays from 3rd December 2023
The event sees the tunnels around the track of the Norwich park decked with twinkling Christmas lights for the special festive journeys. Each ride lasts around 10 minutes and fares cost £1 for children and £1.50 for adults.
Festive Cinema – Fairhaven Woodland & Water Gardens (LOW COST)
School Rd, South Walsham, Norwich NR13 6DZ
HOME ALONE: Wednesday 29th November 4.30pm-6.30pm
ELF: Wednesday 29th November 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Visit website for tickets: Adults £5 Child 4-16 £2.50 Child 0-3 Free
Festive Fayre at the Fitz (FREE)
Fitzmaurice Park, Pound Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 0UL
Saturday 2nd December 2023, 12-7pm
With a woodland light trail, Santa’s grotto, funfair, craft stalls, food and drink and bar.
Christmas Events at The Phoenix Centre (FREE)
Tuesday 19th December 2023 2pm: Xmas Craft Day, free drop in session
Friday 22nd December 2023 4-6pm :Xmas Disco, free but booking needed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Festive Fun at Norwich Arts Centre (FREE)
51 St Benedict’s St, Norwich NR2 4PG
Sunday 3rd December 2023 11-4pm
Stepping Stones, Musical Keys and The Norwich Arts Centre are joining forces to offer a day of festive fun in the heart of Norwich. Join our free Christmas card workshop, watch and listen to sounds creation, try musical instruments, spend time in our Christmas shop. Also a present wrapping station for a small donation
Christmas Movies at The Goat Shed (FREE)
Colton Rd, Honingham, Norwich NR9 5DJ
8th and 15th December 2023
Join us after school for a festive showing of The Snowman (8th) and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (15th)
Puggles Christmas Party
Bunwell Village Hall NR16 1SW
13th December 2023 10-12pm
Santa is coming to say hi! Food and a gift for children with hot drinks for adults too.
£3 entry: book online via PayPal
Christmas shopping and festive markets
Please check out HERE for full list of markets 2023
Global Village Christmas Market
The Forum Norwich, Millennium Plain, NR1 2TE
30th November to 2nd December 2023 10-5pm
Back at The Forum, the three-day Global Village Christmas Market!
Jabbawockycrafts Christmas Crafts & Gift Fair
The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF
Multiple dates: Saturday 4 November, Friday 17 – Saturday 18 November, Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 December, Saturday 16 December 2023
Browse exquisite handmade jewellery, beautiful photographic prints and calendars and more at this popular mini market.
Norfolk Festive Gift and Food Show
Norfolk Showground, Dereham Rd, New Costessey, Norwich NR5 0TT
10-12th November 2023
The Norfolk Festive Gift & Food Show is the region’s biggest festive shopping fair, packed with Christmas gifts, presents for all ages and delicious festive food & drink.
Sprowston Christmas Fair
Sprowston Community High School, Norwich NR7 8NE
Saturday 11th November 2023 12-4pm
Join us for possibly one of the biggest Christmas fairs in Norwich this year – The Sprowston Christmas Market on Saturday 11th November at Sprowston Community Academy.
The Walled Garden Christmas Fayre
The Walled Garden Community Shop and Cafe, Old Hall Road, Norwich NR13 5FA
Saturday 2nd December 2023 to Sunday 3rd December 2023 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Our two-day event will showcase a wide variety of crafts, plants, kids’ fun, raffle, live music and a visit from someone very special!
Market Street, Wymondham, NR18 0UQ
Sunday 26th November 2023
Wymondham will be buzzing with festive activities, live music and entertainment. The high street will be lined with stalls featuring festive food and drinks as well as a variety of other wonderful local products. Fairground rides and games will ensure a good time is had by all.
Christmas lights and displays
Norwich: Thursday 16th November 2023 5.30-7.15pm
The lights will turn on at 7pm, forming a stunning display across the city centre.
With live performances from groups including The Garage and the Invidia Choir, gymnastics displays, and a visit from Father Christmas, there will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Holt High Street: Friday 17th November 2023
Holt and the community welcomes thousands to the official switch-on of Holt Christmas Lights.
Live entertainment from The Austin Beats and Cromer Pier Christmas Show MC, Olly Day, street food, Adnams Bar, craft market traders, official switch on, Norwich City Pipers and a firework spectacular are all on offer.
Finnbar’s Force : Sunday 26th November 2023
Our amazing Christmas Lights will be back from November 26th, when we’ll have our big Switch On!
Keep an eye on our social media channels for more details over the next few weeks!
Great Yarmouth: Friday 24th November 2023
The annual Great Yarmouth Christmas lights switch-on event is set to be a wonderful festive celebration with an evening of live entertainment. See the lights switched on in the town centre with town centre shops and the Christmas Fayre staying open until late.
North Walsham: Saturday 25th November 2023
Lights to go on at 6pm.
Sheringham: Sunday 3rd December 2023
Music, carols, mulled wine, and mince pies and some Christmas Shopping! It’s nearly Christmas, so why not join us for the switch on of the famous Sheringham Christmas lights?
Diss: Saturday 2nd December 2023
Join the festivities in the Market Place from 12 noon. Stalls, Santa’s grotto, funfair, live music including an appearance by Britain’s Got Talent star Ben Langley and the opportunity to meet the cast of Sleeping Beauty. Light switch on takes place at 5pm.
Attleborough, Queens Square: Sunday 26th November 2023
Attleborough Christmas Carnival and light switch on, Sunday November 26th , lights switch on at 16:15pm Queens Square
Carnival starts at 1pm
Gorleston: Sunday 19th November 2023
Kick off your festive celebrations by attending the Gorleston Christmas Lights Switch On event along Gorleston High Street on Sunday 19 November. The big switch on will take place at 5pm with a spectacular firework display at 6pm. Entertainment will be provided by Harbour Radio with further details to follow.
Cromer: Saturday 2nd December 2023
Light switch on to take place at 5:15pm. A full day of fun and a Christmas market taking place. More details to be announced. Keep an eye on the Cromer Christmas Festival facebook page for more info.
Aylsham: Friday 24th November 2023
There will be various stalls, live music from Bill Downes, performances from Aylsham High School students and Vocalights Choir, food and drink stalls and Santa’s grotto. There will also be the Christmas tree festival in St Michaels Church and late night opening with the local shops. The evening starts at 5pm with the lights switch on at 6pm.
Bundle up cosy in your PJs at home and enjoy the 100s of Christmas movies on popular streaming sites: Amazon Prime video, Netflix and Disney+. We have a mini round-up HERE including new releases.
Arts and Craft Christmas Workshop
The Willow Centre, Willowcroft Way, Cringleford NR4 7JJ
22nd December 2023 10-12pm
Suitable from age 4, this festive arts and craft workshop will keep your little ones entertained for 2 hours, making at least 3 good quality products.
For Christmas craft ideas, please head to our post HERE
Write a letter to Santa
It’s nearly Christmas, and we know you want to make sure that your letter to Santa Claus gets to him. Santa is as excited about Christmas as we are — read on to find out how to write to Santa. Make sure your letter reaches me by Thursday 30th November 2023 and don’t forget your stamp!
Make sure to put a stamp on the envelope so it gets to Santa and include your full name and address in your letter so you can get a reply from him!
The Winter Mini Challenge is a free online reading challenge that tackles the holiday reading dip, encouraging children to discover the joy of reading and keep up good habits. You can borrow books from your local library and then mark them off online to receive digital rewards.
The challenge runs from 1 December to 19 February 2023. Head to www.wintermini.org.uk from the 1 December to sign up, find fun activities, and earn rewards for reading.
Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library 2023
Lego Club 8-14 Years; 20th November, 4th December & 18th December 4.30-5.30pm, registration required but free to attend
Lego Club 4-7 Years; 27th November & 11th December 4.30-5.30pm, registration required but free to attend
Board Games for Families; 25th November & 30th December 12.30-4.30pm