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All Christmas Events

This page is being updated, please check back!

Get in touch if you know of any Christmas events.

Santa at Notcutts Norwich : Cancelled

Updated for 2020 : Sadly cancelled now.

Garden Centre, Norwich

This year will be a little bit different.

Santa will be visiting, but we won’t have Santa’s grotto, gifts or have Santa visit for tea or breakfast. There will be an opportunity for photos from a safe distance.  Book times between 10am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm, no booking or ticket required and free.

Broads Tours Santa Cruise

Cancelled for 2020

If you have already booked your slot, rest assured our staff will be in touch to discuss your booking.

We understand the postponement of Santa Cruise will cause disappointment as it’s always a popular feature on our event list, with children and adults looking forward to it each year. However we’re excited to make 2021 bigger and better than ever – watch this space.

Bure Valley Railway at Christmas

Updated 2020

Bure Valley Railey, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW

Hop on board one of our Festive Express steam trains this December. Enjoy a 1 hour experience from our Aylsham Station including festive treats, a 30 minutes steam train ride and a guest appearance from Santa including a personalised present.

5th to 24th Dec. £12 per adult,  £12 per child.

Please note this is not our normal Steam Trains To Santa, it is a suitable alternative adhering to social distancing.

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Updated 1st Dec 2020

Father Christmas will be at Africa Alive from Saturday 12th December until Christmas Eve.

We’re Covid secure through the whole zoo to keep you safe.

Book tickets via the website,

*The zoo opens to all visitors on 3rd December, you must book in advance.*


Christmas at Banham Zoo

Updated Dec 1st 2020

Father Christmas will be at Banham zoo from Sat 5th December until Christmas Eve.

We can help to get Christmas back on track with a magical walk in a winter wonderland.

Book your tickets via the website.
*Zoo reopens on Thursday 3rd December to all visitors. You must still book online.*



Christmas at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park

Updated for 2020

Dippy’s Christmas Celebration and Father Christmas grotto

Three options to choose from:

1. Park entry only

2. Park entry and Father Christmas grotto

3. Evening Father Christmas only.

Go to the website for more details. Booking is essential.

Christmas garden of lights at Blickling

Updated for 2020

The gardens and parkland remain open for you to enjoy. You must pre-book online to guarantee parking.

Sadly, the ‘Garden of Lights’ Christmas event is not taking place this year.

Christmas Visits at Bressingham

Updated for 2020

Bressingham Steam & Gardens, Low Road, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA

Christmas at Bressingham
As long as the current lock down rules lift as expected, we will open for Christmas specials from Saturday 5th December.
We have much reduced capacity this year, and are asking people to book their time slot with Father Christmas and do that before anything else.
Train ride on the Fen and Gallopers rides will be as usual.

see the website for further details.


Father Christmas at Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre

5th-23rd December 2020

See Father Christmas’s special and unique grotto on the stage!

A unique, personal experience that the whole family can be a part of. £15 per of, adults go free. Due to covid rules, each slot is for a bubble of up to 6.

Book via the website or social media pages,

Box Office: 01263 512495


Father Christmas at Fairhaven

Updated for 2020

Fairhaven gardens will remain open during the second lockdown. Sessions are available to prebook, we will close at 4pm.


Christmas events to be updated.

Global Village Christmas Market

 Sadly now cancelled for 2020


Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th December 2020


Holt Hall Christmas Fair

Updated for 2020

Holt Hall, Kelling Road, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6RT

Postponed due to Covid.

Rescheduled to Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November 2021 at Thurning Hall, NR20 5Qy.

Jarrold’s Arrival of Santa

Updated for 2020

Deli, Food Halk and Chapters Coffee Bar remain open, plus you can shop online.


Christmas information to be updated.


My First Panto : The Garage

Updated 2020

Online interactive Panto.

Available from 4th December 2020

This show will have the whole family singing, dancing and playing along with Goldilocks and the Bears in the only pantomime that isn’t too hot, isn’t too cold but is just right.

The show is fully interactive which means you can decide what happens to the characters and shape the plot.

AGE: Up to 7!



Norfolk Festive Gift and Food Show

Updated for 2020

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Rd, New Costessey, Norwich NR5 0TT

Postponed until 2021.

If you have already purchased tickets, they will be valid for next year’s show which will take place on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November. Alternatively if you would like to request a refund, contact our support team via our FB page.

North Norfolk Railway

Updated for 2020
Norfolk Lights Express : now extended into 3rd week of January 2021.
Santa Specials: 1st Santa Special on Saturday 5th December.

For tickets, see the North Norfolk Railway website or social media pages.
– Unless you have an exemption, anyone aged 11 or over will be required to wear a face covering on our site.
– Photos with Santa are still allowed this year (while keeping a safe distance)
Every booking will be given a private compartment for their journey, meaning that you won’t be mixing with anyone from outside your booking.

Norwich Castle Projections

Updated for 2020

The Christmas projections onto Norwich  Castle are a popular family event.

This year, the Norwich BID team hope to have a brand new projection show on the castle in 2020.


Norwich Cathedral Choir Christmas

Updated for 2020

This event has now been cancelled. All ticket-holders for this event will receive a refund in due course.

11th December 2020, 7.30-10pm

Norwich Christmas Lights Switch On

Sadly cancelled for 2020


Norwich Theatre Royal

Updated 2020

Norwich Theatre Royal is offering two new family festive live shows,

‘Panto in a Pickle’ is a panto mash-up which puts Cinderella, Snow White, Captain Hook and Aladdin on the same stage.

‘A Circus Carol’ is a re-imagining of Charles Dickens timeless classic from local theatre company, Lost in Translation.

Our Christmas season will go ahead as planned in line with the current guidelines and timescales outlined by the government. If for whatever reason these shows cannot happen, all  ticket holders will be offered an exchange, credit or refund.”

Pensthorpe Christmas Market


This event has now been cancelled.



Saints Event Venue, Breakfast or Tea with Santa

Saints Event Venue, 217 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0SQ

Afternoon tea or breakfast with Santa

Breakfast: 9am-11am slots: Fully booked.

Afternoon: from 2pm onwards

We are offering 2 hour time slots at a Christmas themed table with a cooked breakfast or afternoon tea. After eating, Santa will visit the children and read a story then give a present. Covid secure guidelines in place.

More details on FB page for Saints Event Venue.

Santa at Highway Garden & Leisure

Updated 2020
Highway Garden and Leisure, Loddon Road, Framingham Pigot, NR14 7PW

Our magic fairies and elves are hard at work preparing for Santa to arrive. Our unique, hand made fairies are waiting in anticipation to see you all in the Christmas experience.

There are over 25 different fairies hiding in our Christmas experience. Check our FB page to see when booking will open and when Santa will arrive!

Santa Specials at Eaton Park

Santa Specials are cancelled for 2020

Some Sunday pop ups from October and beyond, check FB page for updates.

Snowflake Extravaganza

Event cancelled for 2020.

The Christmas Tree Festival

To be updated for 2020

The Polar Express Trainride at Mid-Norfolk Railway

Cancelled for 2020

Customers who have already purchased tickets for the Mid-Norfolk Railway The Polar Express™ Ride dates have been contacted by e-mail.

The Tunnel of Light

Updated 2020

The Tunnel of Light is back for its 5th year.

Owned by Norwich BID, it has become very popular with Norfolk residents and visitors over the Christmas holidays.

There are new social distancing measures in place, so be aware of these when you visit.

It will be in the city from Thursday, November 12 to Tuesday, January 5.

Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light

Updated for 2020

Thursford Spectacular is sadly cancelled  for 2020.

However! There is an alternative with Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light.

This is a magical walk through experience for all ages. Now due to open on 3rd December 2020 until 10th January 2021.

Tickets £15 each (free for under 3). Santa is currently ice-olating and won’t be making an appearance this year. Plenty more to see though!

01328 878477.


UEA Choir Christmas Carol Concert

Cancelled for 2020

Whitwell and Reepham Station – Santa Specials


Whitwell & Reepham Station, Whitwell Road, Reepham, NR10 4GA

From 5th November we will no longer open during the week, we will be open for takeaways at the weekends only, from 10am -dusk. Seating area and toilets are closed.

Hoping to open as normal from 5th December and will have an update on santa specials then.

Wroxham Barns Santa Experience

Updated 2020

Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Rd, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8QU.

The Santa experience on the Junior Farm is going ahead!

Every weekend from 5th December, plus 21st, 22nd, 3rd and 24th December.

Prices from £16.95 per child. £9.50 for under 2s.

Join our covid secure 2 hour experience as a family bubble.