School Holidays Norwich

Places to see Santa

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Christmas at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park

30th November – 24th December 2019

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park, Lenwade, Norfolk, NR9 5JW (Sat Nav: NR9 5JE)

A magical Christmas experience awaits at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Norfolk’s Winter Wonderland.

  • Meet Father Christmas in his grotto*
  • Narnia themed Lost World Christmas Maze
  • Dippy’s Christmas Disco Dancing
  • Find our hidden candy canes around the park
  • Christmas arts and crafts in the secret animal garden
  • Meet the animals experiences

*Meet Santa, £6.95 per child, price includes a ROARR-some gift.

Featured Listing

Elf School at Wroxham Barns

30th November and 1st December 2019, 7 & 8th December, 14th & 15th December, Thursday 19th – Monday 23rd December 2019

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

An immersive and special ‘Santa Experience’ lasting almost 2 hours bringing alive the magic of Christmas, also see our real north Pole Reindeer.

Best suited for ages 2-10 £10.25 per child, including all day unlimited access to indoor play and junior farm.

01603 783762

A Visit from St Nicholas, Strangers Hall

Strangers Hall, Charing Cross, Norwich, NR2 4AL

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas….’

Sundays 1, 8, 15 and 22 December, 10am-4pm

Stroll around the halls to take in the splendid interiors, bedecked with traditional greenery, decorations and trees. See the stockings “hung by the chimney with care” and seek out Chris Mouse and his furry friends hidden around the museum.  Meet costumed characters, join in with festive preparations in the kitchen and immerse yourself in Victorian entertainment in the undercroft; along with storytelling and Christmas crafts.

Booking advised.


Santa at Notcutts Norwich

Notcutts Garden and Leisure Centre, Daniels Rd, Norwich NR4 6QP

Santa’s big arrival at Notcutts Norwich Garden Centre: Sunday 17th November

From 30th November, you can start the day with a delicious breakfast with Santa himself.

On 24th December, you can have lunch with Santa!

(breakfast, child ticket from £13.95, Lunch: child ticket from £15.95.  Booking is strongly recommended.)


Broads Tours Santa Cruise

Bure Valley Railway at Christmas

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

30th November and 1st December 2019, 7 & 8th December, 14th &15th December, 19th-24th December

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!

Adults £17.00, children £17.00. Booking essential.

Contact 01263 733858 for more information.


Christmas at Africa Alive!

30th November, 1st December 2019

7th & 8th December

14th & 15th December

19th -24th December

Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd December: The Snowman character will be appearing at intervals during the weekend.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy the magic of Christmas at Africa Alive! See Santa Claus and enjoy some festive fun including Christmas crafts and animal handling in the Discovery Centre. Children can enjoy the thrill of meeting Santa whilst also receiving a fantastic gift. Visit to Santa voucher – £6.95 per child

01502 740291

Christmas at Banham Zoo

30th November & 1st December 2019

7th & 8th December

14th & 15th December

19th -24th December

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

Saturday 30th November – Sunday 5th January: BANHAM ZOO HOST THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE SNOWMAN™ AND THE SNOWDOG BRICKLIVE TOUR. The Snowman and The Snowdog fans will be able to meet their favourite characters this Christmas as Banham Zoo hosts a magical new tour.

01953 887771

Christmas Festival at OPEN

Sunday 1st December 2019, 10am-4pm.

Christmas Festival at OPEN, Norwich

Proudly Norfolk Food and Drink ltd. Reindeer, Elvis, carols, wreath making, biscuit decorating, hampers, festive food. Santa’s Grotto, £1.50 to enter on the day, all proceeds to OPEN Youth Trust.

There will be some paid elements on the day.

Christmas Visits at Bressingham

Bressingham Steam & Gardens, Low Road, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA
Saturday 30th November to Tuesday 24th December 2019

  • Father Christmas and his wife and elves, will be at Bressingham on the  30/1, 7/8, 14/15, and 20,21,22,23,24 December 2019. Entry times vary depending on the day.

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 Hal

Booking is advisable as places are limited.

  • adult (advance) tickets are £12.50#
  • Children (advance) 3-12 £15.50#
  • under 3’s (advance) requiring a present are £8.00#

01379 686900

Father Christmas at Hoveton Hall

8th and 9th December 2019 10am-2.30pm

Hoveton Hall, Norwich, NR12 8RJ

Come inside and listen to a Christmas story before your receive your special present from Father Christmas.

Tickets include entrance to Christmas Fair, free mulled wine for adults and hot chocolate for children. £5-8.

Indoor Christmas Market

Saturday 30th November 2019, 10am-3pm

Ormiston Victory Academy, Middleton Crescent, Costessey, Norwich NR5 0PX

Indoor Christmas market, 70 stalls, cafe, carol singers, Santa’s grotto, free parking and entry.

Jarrold’s Arrival of Santa

Sunday 24th November 2019

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

Parade gathers at The Forum at 10.30am and arrives at Jarrold at 11am

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

Tickets £4 per child


Magical Christmas Experience at Moulton Nurseries

Moulton Nurseries Garden Centre & Greenhouse Coffee Shop, Acle Road, Moulton St Mary, Nr Acle Norwich, NR13 3AP

From Saturday 30th November and every weekend up to Christmas, plus extra days Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Monday 23rd December. Fly through the sky in our Magical Christmas Experience! Come and meet 3 characters plus Father Christmas, receive a good quality gift and children also receive a free hot chocolate! 


Norwich Christmas Lights Switch On

Thursday 14th November 6pm-10pm – 2019

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.

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

From 16th November 2019: Santa’s Grotto: An adventure through a wintery woodland full of trees, snow and ice before reaching Santa’s Grotto. From £7.95 per child.

From 30th November 2019: Breakfast with Santa. £5 per child.

Contact 01508 494665 for more information.

Santa Claus at Anglia Square

Wednesday 18th December 2019, 10am-3.30pm

Three local school choirs have been invited to sing and we have invited people from local elderly homes and loneliness charities to come and join in.

Suggested donations of £2 raising money for Age UK Norwich.

  • Meet Santa and his elves
  • Visit Santa’s grotto
  • Meet friends old and new
  • Take photos in Santa’s giant snow globe.

Santa Specials at Eaton Park

Santa Specials will run at Eaton Park Miniature Railway on  Sunday 8th December 2019, between 1100 and 1430.  All the fun of trains and Santa too!  The flat fare is just £6 per person.

Please note the trains can book up very early – so as well as advising you to book up early, we also ask you to prioritize your preferences on time you wish to see Santa. This helps Santa’s Secretary to organise things without having to keep phoning people back (calls cost a lot from Santa-land).  The trains will start running at 11.00 and finish running around 1500.

Book in advance!

Snowflake Extravaganza

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Unthank Road, NR2 2PA Norwich, Norfolk
Monday 16th December 2019, 4.30pm-8pm

An evening full of local goodies, carol singing and everything that makes Christmas feel so magical. Doors open at 4.30pm, carol concert starts at 6.30pm.

Family ticket is £13, under 1s FREE.

If you have a special Christmas wish for Break or a loved one,  then you can buy one of our popular snowflake wishes baubles.


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 success and fun of December 2017 & 2018, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is returning to the Mid-Norfolk Railway again in 2019 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!

All tickets sold online.

01362 851723

Thursford Spectacular and Santa’s Magical Journey

Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham, NR21 0AS
6th November – 23rd December 2019 at 2pm and 7pm.

An extravaganza of singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. Tickets from £37.

Additional cost for Santa’s Magical Journey.

Contact 01328 878 477 for more information.

Whitwell and Reepham Station – Santa Specials

Whitwell & Reepham Station, Whitwell Road, Reepham, NR10 4GA
14th &15th December, 18th-23rd December 2019

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.

After Father Christmas has finished you will be able to rejoin the festivities in the Sidings Function Room if you wish.

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.

Our extremely popular Santa Specials will be running at the following times 16:00, 17:00, 18:00 and 19:00

01603 871694