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Christmas Celebration at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

As the magical time of Christmas gets closer, the Winter Wonderland comes to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure – with festive fun aplenty.

Come along and meet Santa (additional charge) and enjoy our magical park decorations – the sparkling family fun is not to be missed!

Experience some winter excitement with Dippy’s Christmas Disco Dancing – join in the fun and show us your best moves.

With special activities on over the weekends and the final countdown to Christmas, coming to visit us at the most wonderful time of the year should be at the top of your Christmas list.


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Intu Chapelfield – Elf University

Elf University is back! Santa needs your help, but elves need to be trained and graduate from Elf Uni first. Family Club members are invited to come and be an E.I.T (Elf in Training) in November. Free, fun workshops start on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November and continue every Thursday 4-7pm throughout November (except on 15 Nov, when we have a Meet Santa event), finishing with a special graduation day on Sunday 2 December.

Saturday 3 Nov 11am – 5pm, Clothing manufacturing department
Every elf needs a hat, come and make your own to wear with ‘elf satisfaction

Sunday 4 Nov 11am – 5pm, Elf Food Workshop
The whole family can get involved in icing some North Pole Melt Cookies. A special treat enjoyed by elves.

Thursday nights – we are open until 9pm on Thursdays in November and December

Thursday 8 Nov 4-7pm, Testing Station
Grab your lab coat and goggles (provided!) and pay a visit to the North Pole Laboratory, where all the best tests happen!

Thursday 15 Nov 4-8pm, Meet Santa
No Elf craft workshops this week, but children can come and meet Father Christmas. Due to popularity, we are taking bookings online. Please bring along your email confirmation to the information desk to collect your token on the night.

Thursday 22 Nov 4-7pm, Elf Communications Department
Ever wondered how elves communicate? How messages go between departments? Well now you’ll know as you make and decorate your very own ‘Elf Communication Device’…..its magical!

Thursday 29 Nov 4-7pm, Post and Delivery Department

Make special ‘super speedy’ reindeer food – a favourite activity that will be needed again to guide the reindeer on Christmas Eve –  plus a magical elf door. Did you know that elves use their own magical door to gain access to houses to ensure that they can update the Naughty & Nice List and more importantly to make sure everything is ready for Santa on Christmas Eve.

First year E.I.Ts can also make a label for Santa’s Special Key, because access to houses without chimneys is important!

Sunday 2 Dec 11am – 5pm
Elf University workshops and Graduation

The intu Family Club is free to join. Simply sign up and then bring in your welcome email to collect your membership cards and pack from the information desk.

Sign up HERE

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Santa Experience at Mannington

Adults only £1 with a full price child (£10)
Under 1s are FREE!

Come and make your little one’s Christmas special by visiting Santa in his Norfolk retreat, Mannington Hall!


Come and enjoy a truly festive experience with Elves, Santa and lots of activities set in this moated mediaeval country house, just a few miles from the lovely towns of Holt and Aylsham, in the heart of North Norfolk.

BOOK NOW – on 01603 301321

With oak panelled rooms and large inglenook fireplaces, this private house is the ideal stopover for Father Christmas in the lead up to the busiest time of the year for him and his Elves. The house is not open to the public, but has been gifted to Break by Lord and Lady Walpole, to help raise funds in this Break’s 50th year, working with vulnerable children and young people.

Each child will take home a special gift from Santa as well as making some lovely Christmas themed personal decorations to keep – giving you all memories to last forever. Plus there are special treats along the way – for all visitors, young and old alike!!

The Tea Rooms will also be open, so you can take extend your visit with a cream tea, mince pie or some lunch.

PLUS you can get to wander the wonderful Winter Walk to the bird hides – a super way to amke this your special Christmas outing.

Bookings can be made by calling the Santa Hotline 01603 301321. There are a maximum number of people permitted on each time slot, so early booking is recommended.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your allotted time. Parking is off-site but will be well signposted. The experience will last between 30-40 minutes (linger if use tea rooms and go on the Winter Walk) so please do leave plenty of time. No dogs are permitted on site, except for Guide Dogs.
Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable.

All funds raised from this event goes to #changingyounglives with Break.

An Audience with Father Christmas

Holkham Hall, Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB

Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th December 2018
Wednesday 19th to Thursday 20th December

Join us for a chance to meet Father and Mother Christmas in the Saloon where they will regale you with tales of wonder and magic while our all-singing, all-dancing band of cheeky elves will entertain you with musical interludes. And of course, we’ll have a small present for all of our younger visitors and a glass of prosecco or a soft drink for everyone plus a small biscuit for children.

Tickets: £18 adult, £18 child (aged 0 to 16 years)

Contact 01328 713111

Broads Tours Santa Cruise

Bure Valley Railway at Christmas

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

Starting 1st December – 24th December 2018

Steam Trains to Santa departs from Wroxham travelling to Santa’s Grotto, where Santa and his railway sleigh are there to welcome you all. Then, the moment everybody has been waiting all year for…a visit to Santa in his Grotto!

Contact 01263 733858 for more information.

Christmas at Africa Alive!

1st – 2nd December, 2018
8th – 9th
15th – 16th
20th – 24th

See Santa Claus here at the park and enjoy some festive fun in the Discovery Centre.

01502 740291

Christmas at Banham Zoo

1st – 2nd December, 2018
8th – 9th
15th – 16th
20th – 24th

See Santa Claus here at Banham Zoo and enjoy some festive fun including Christmas crafts and face painting in the Discovery Centre

01953 887771

Christmas Aviation Day

International Aviation Academy, 5 Anson Road, Norwich, NR6 6ED
Saturday 8th December 2018, 11am-3pm

Join us for another exciting day of activities and an opportunity to meet Santa on the plane.

The event is open to ALL! but it is mostly aimed at children 7yrs -12yrs. Boarding the plane you must be age 7+. Please be advised, if children are younger than 7 please, contact us as this need to be under ASP staff discretion.

Christmas Visits at Bressingham

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

Santa and his wife and elves, will be at Bressingham on the  1/2, 8/9, 15/16, and 21,22,23,24 December 2018. Entry times vary depending on the day.

All days but the 24th have entry from 2pm to 5pm close no earlier than 6pm. 9, 15, 16 have an additional 12pm to 2pm entry slot, 24th has an 11am to 2pm entry slot and we will close earlier.

This year Santa is including:

  • A ride on the Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone
  • For those up to the age of 12 a visit to Father Christmas and a present from him. Rides on the Gallopers are included too.
  • The Dads Army Exhibition will be decorated for Christmas and a Childrens entertainer will be in the Village Hall.

Cracking Christmas at High Altitude

91 Whiffler Road, Norwich, NR3 2AW

Friday 21st December 10am-11:30am 2018
Sunday 23rd December 9am-10:30am

We’re throwing 2 festive parties just for little people.

£5 per toddler + £2 per adult
1 Hour bouncing
Juice & Biscuits
Story Time read by Santa
Soft Play free to use
Fancy Dress Prizes

Santa’s Grotto will be available to pre-book £3pp

Adults pay on the day.

Suitable for under 5’s. All children must be accompanied by an adult with a ratio of 1 adult to 2 children.

Saturday 22nd December 7.30pm-9.30pm, 2018
£15 Per Person

Suitable for 6+ unaccompanied. Younger bouncers can join in but will need an adult.
* Vegetarian option available

Contact 01603 567200

Jarrold’s Arrival of Santa

Jarrold, 1-11 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JF

Father Christmas will be in store everyday from Sunday November 25th until Christmas Eve. Everyone who visits him receives a lovely gift!

Tickets £4 per child available from Toys, Christmas or Craft till points.

Father Christmas Parade on 25th Nov at The Forum 10.30am, arriving at Jarrold’s at 11am.

Norwich Christmas Lights Switch On

Thursday 14th November 6pm-10pm – 2018

Don’t miss the party of the year when the streets of Norwich sparkle and shine and music fills the night at the annual Christmas Switch-on.

There’ll be a parade with Father Christmas, entertainment in front of City Hall and the switching on of the city centre lights.

The Tunnel of Light is back this year! The tunnel will be going live at the same time as the lights in the City. To get in on the action use the hashtag #MyTunnelOfLight on both Twitter and Instagram when posting your photos, and use our very own Geofilter on Snapchat!

And for even more excitement the projections on the Castle are back. This year the projections will show 10 3 minute films.

Santa at Highway Garden & Leisure

Highway Garden & Leisure, Loddon Road, Framingham Pigot, Norwich, NR14 7PW

Breakfast with Santa – every weekend in December and from 19th-24th December at 9am

Santa’s Grotto – 17th November to 24th December
Various times available to book online.

Contact 01508 494665 for more information.

Santa at Notcutts

Notcutts, Daniels Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 6QP
18th, 24th-29th November, 1st-24th Dec 2018

Santa’s Grotto

Enjoy a truly special Christmas experience this year at Santa’s Grotto where a magical Winter Wonderland awaits! As well as meeting Santa, your child will receive a Christmas gift, personally given by Santa.

Breakfast, Tea or Lunch with Santa

Expect a fun-filled mealtime including a special present, and an activity with Santa or his elves.

One ticket per person (children and accompanying adults).

Call us on  01603 453155

Santa Specials at Eaton Park


Sunday 2nd and Sunday 9th December 2018, between 1130 and 1430.  All the fun of trains and Santa too!  The flat fare is just £6 per person.

Applications via the website are open now. Only a limited number of tickets are available on each day!

Santa’s Grotto at Horsford

Hyper, Horsbeck Way, Horsford – 2018


01603 891010

Snowflake Extravaganza

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Unthank Road, NR2 2PA Norwich, Norfolk
17th December, 4.3opm-8.30pm 2018

Doors Open at 4.30pm. Carol Concert starts at 6.30pm.

On arrival you will be greeted by some of Santa’s little helpers, the amazing smells of mulled wine and mince pies will fill the air as you as you enter the beautiful Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich, which will be decorated with a flurry of magical snowflakes.

Standard entry is £2.00 per ticket which gives entry in to the Christmas Market as well as the Carol Concert. (Entry for children under 1 year of age is free).

Donations raised from this event will be helping to change young lives locally by supporting the work of Break. Together we can make a difference.

The Polar Express Trainride at Mid-Norfolk Railway

Dates throughout end of November and December

Do you believe? We do at the Mid-Norfolk Railway and that is why we are proud to be hosting an exciting magical experience like no other. After the fun of last December, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is returning to the Mid-Norfolk Railway this December with the magic of the 2004 motion picture THE POLAR EXPRESS™ being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season!

01362 851723

The Santa Experience at Wroxham Barns


Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd December.

Norfolk’s favourite Santa has agreed once again to take time out of his busy schedule at the North Pole and will be coming to Junior Farm at Wroxham Barns with his Elves for his hugely popular ‘Santa Experience’ where you can have Christmas Fun with Santa.

Suitable for children aged 2 to 10 years. Choose from 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.45pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm.

Prices range from £7.50 to £12.50 per child and in addition to the Santa Experience on Junior Farm also include full admission for the whole day.

Contact 01603 783762 for more information.

Thursford Santa’s Magical Journey

Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham, NR21 0AS
Dates from end of November and throughout December

Remember the excitement of your first visit to see Father Christmas? Give your children, grandchildren or your class a day they’ll never forget. Come and visit Father Christmas in the magical setting of Thursford this Christmas. It will be a treat to cherish for everyone who wants to experience this magical fantasy journey and visit Father Christmas in his very special house. Booking is essential!

Contact 01328 878 477 for more information.

Visit Father Christmas in his Yurt

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham NR13 6DZ

15th & 16th December 11am-5pm – 2018

Have yourself a woodland Christmas experience in our winter garden. Take a stroll through our woodland to meet the reindeer and visit Father Christmas tucked away among the trees. There will be live music, craft stalls, illuminations and an Elves’ Workshop with Christmas crafts to keep the children busy. Seasonal food in the tearoom and marquee. An event for all the family to enjoy.

Garden entry applies for adults and concessions. £10 per child to visit Father Christmas and receive a present (includes garden entry from 10am). Pre-booking is essential to visit Father

Contact 01603 270449

Whitwell and Reepham Station – Santa Specials

Whitwell & Reepham Station, Whitwell Road, Reepham, NR10 4GA
14th-21st December – 2018

This year Father Christmas has taken over a magical building and we need to go on a train trip to try to find him….. there will be mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks on the train.

If we find the magical building with Father Christmas in, he will hand presents to all of you who are under fourteen years old.

He will spend some time with the children.

Note: An Infant is up to 2 years old and will only get a present if selected on the booking form.

Ticktes: Adults & Children (age 2 and over): £14.00 each Infants: (under 2 years old) FREE or £5.00 each with a present from Santa.

01603 871694