Published: 10/11/2020It’s that time of year where we would ordinarily be getting ourselves ready for the exciting festive events coming up over the next couple of months. Unfortunately, this year is quite different and whilst lockdown is due to be lifted on 2nd December, this could change.
Luckily, we don’t have to miss out completely! Rather than cancelling altogether, many organisations are switching to online and holding their events virtually instead. This means that we can still enjoy the things we would normally be doing during this season, such as Christmas Markets and festivals, all from the comfort of our own homes.
We have selected a few local events that are taking place virtually that you might be interested in looking at.
The Norfolk Christmas Fair
As with many events this year, The Norfolk Christmas Fair is going online! Shoppers will have access to the 60 stalls partaking in the event using their website. There will be everything from toys and games to stationary, lifestyle and jewellery – many stalls will also be offering free delivery! What’s even better is that 10% of every sale will be donated to Thornage Hall in Holt, an independent Norfolk charity who provide living, learning and working opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.
Norwich Film Festival
Norwich Film Festival is also going virtual this year, meaning that you can enjoy the films from the comfort of your own home. The festival features over 150 short films available to stream online. Tickets range from just £1 for an individual film to £10 for a full festival pass so you can enjoy everything they have to offer.
Virtual Proudly Norfolk Christmas Festival
If you’re disappointed to be missing out on the Christmas Markets this year, then fear not, You can experience one from your home instead. Proudly Norfolk, an organisation which supports, celebrates and promotes food and drink in Norfolk, are hosting a virtual market with over 30 of its members. There will be Christmas food and drink aplenty, cooking demonstrations and interviews, you’ll feel like you’re there!
Fierce Babe Virtual Christmas Market
The Fierce Babe Market, based in Norwich, have taken advantage of the ability to run markets virtually since March due to Covid-19. They’ve enjoyed doing them so much that they are running one for Christmas, too! The event will include 30 different makers, featuring various items from crafts to clothing.
Fakenham Virtual Christmas Tree Festival
An event that is usually particularly popular and part of many people’s yearly tradition is the Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival. The event normally takes place in Fakenham Parish Church, however, this year it will be going online! There are going to be festive videos premiering on their website every day during the festival, as well as fun competitions, information from charities and streamed church services.
My First Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This year, The Garage are taking panto online! My First Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears can be streamed directly to your living room and will be fully interactive, meaning that you can decide what happens to the characters. The show is bound to get the whole family singing, dancing and playing along and is aimed at children up to the age of 7 but is fun for all the family!
Online Christmas Marketplace
The Online Christmas Marketplace is a perfect way of supporting small businesses across East Anglia by choosing to shop small this year. The virtual Christmas market features a wide variety of local businesses selling everything from books, cards, food and drink and much more!