The festive season is beginning to ramp up in North Norfolk.
Lights are being strung up in local the towns, the shops are playing festive
music and are stocked up with Christmas decorations, gifts and lots of
We’re buzzing with the anticipation of a busy Christmas
period and we have guests visiting so they can do their Christmas
shopping. Our local towns are full of boutique shops with beautiful gifts to
We offer short breaks over during November and December,
giving you the opportunity to enjoy a break away and stock up on gifts and
seasonal goodies. And if shopping isn’t your thing, there are still a number of Christmas events planned that will definitely get you in the festive mood. From Christmas
lights being switched, spectacular Christmas Shows to special Santa steam train
rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Holt becomes a winter wonderland when thousands of white
fairy lights glisten over the over Georgian buildings. Join in on the
festivities where there will be street entertainment, food and shopping before
the lights switch on with a firework display. The Christmas lights will sparkle
in Holt until 5th January.
Lights Switched on 6.45pm, festivities start from 5.30pm
This year’s Christmas lights will be switched on by the ex
Norwich City Footballer and local celebrity, Darren Huckerby. In addition to
this, Burnham Market will host a Traditional Christmas Market between 4pm –
There will be over 25 art, craft and gift stalls to peruse
around with gifts including jewellery, soft furnishings, artisan chocolates,
Christmas wreaths and much more available to buy. Whilst you wander around the
stalls you’ll have the opportunity to listen to carol singing, a brass band,
Nelson’s Shantymen and a local live cover band playing on the Fairstead Green.
Father Christmas will make a special appearance for the
children and there will be lots of activities including ‘Pin the Nose on the
Reindeer’ to keep the children occupied.
There will also be lots of tasty food stalls where you can
enjoy an array of foods including a hog roast, mulled wine, mince pies, Crepes
and much, much more.
Fakenham Church hosts a very special Charity fundraiser with
90 decorated trees all trimmed and lit for over 80 selected charities. This
event is free, but we recommend you take a bag of coins so you can donate a few
pennies to your favourite charity trees. Last year over £22,000 was raised for
charities including local schools, nurseries and the British Heart Foundation.
There is also a Christmas Market selling items such as Christmas cakes and
cards. Food and refreshments including light lunches and homemade cakes will
also be available to buy throughout the festival.
Enjoy a steam train ride to visit Santa in his magical
wonderland. Special services will run between the 1st – 24th
December where you can take scenic train ride from Sheringham Station through
to Weybourne Station, to find Santa waiting by an open fire to give the children
a warm welcome and to ask that all important question of what they would like
this year for Christmas.
Adults get to enjoy sherry and mince pies during the train
ride whilst children receive a biscuit and soft drink.
Booking is recommended for this unique and wonderful North
Norfolk Christmas experience.
7th & 8th, 14th
& 15th December
Christmas this year at Holkham Hall will be a wonderful
sight! See the magnificent state rooms beautifully decorated in traditional
Victorian style, complete with handmade decorations, real greenery from the
park and candle light. A visit to see Father Christmas in our new grotto will
be pure magic for the children.
The Deepdale Christmas Market has over 70 stalls, along with
entertainment and activities. It’s the perfect place to stock up on Christmas
presents, decorations and local food and drink. The weekend will be full of
seasonal cheer and guarantees to set you in the festive mood for the big day
A small number of select food and gift stalls will be at
Felbrigg Hall on Sunday 15 December. Take the opportunity to do some last
minute Christmas shopping and buy some gifts and goodies.
For all the brave people out there, how about taking a
plunge in the sea on Christmas day?
The Hunstanton Christmas Swim has now been going for over 50
years and over recent years we’ve seen record crowds watching and
participating. The event raises funds for the Round Table which help to support
many local good causes.
If you fancy it, you may want to think about doing it in
fancy dress as there’s the opportunity to win £25 for the best dressed
individual or £100 for the best group. What bizarre outfits can you think to
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange
This year’s panto is the fairytale story Beauty and the
Beast, and stars Darren Day as the Beast himself.
In good old fashioned panto style, there’s a baddie to boo,
the goodies with their hilarious gags and a heroine in need of being rescued.
This is a rip roaring adventure full of fun and live music. True Christmas
entertainment at its best!
17th December – 19th January
This year’s festive extravaganza is the most popular panto
of them all - Cinderella.
There will be magic, comedy, audience participation and fun
along with music and dancing to enjoy. This traditional panto will be a delight
for all the family.
The all-star cast includes Shelia Ferguson (The Three
Degrees) as Fairy Godmother, Christopher Ryan (The Young Ones, Absolutely
Fabulous) as Baron Hardup, Matt Milburn (Hollyoaks) as Prince Charming, and
Richard Gauntlett as Buttons.
UNDER THREEs FREE
9th November - 23rd December 2013
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the largest Christmas
Show in England and is a magical experience. The show starts on the 9th
November and runs until the 23rd December. Booking is essential as it's a
hugely popular event, people travel from all over the country to see it. It is
well worth treating yourself and loved ones to a long weekend in Norfolk to
attend this spectacular show...... and a great excuse to get into the festive