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Norfolk Christmas Guide: Festive fun for all the family

Published: 22/11/2021

Festive events in Norfolk are in full swing and it’s hard to keep track of what’s happening, when!

Whether your idea of family fun is browsing a Christmas market with a mulled wine in hand, experiencing a magical train ride, or enjoying spectacular outdoor illuminations, Sowerbys has got you covered with our top Christmas events to get you feeling merry.


Christmas Market at Pensthorpe Natural Park
28th November

Pensthorpe’s popular Christmas market returns this year with its selection of the region’s best food and drink suppliers, artists, and craft makers. Escape the busy crowds on the high street and enjoy shopping in this relaxed, outdoor environment with a variety of pop-up stalls and unique gift ideas.


Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light
Up until 28th December

You’ll be in for a treat at Thursford’s Lantern Light Extravaganza - a breath-taking display of luminous sculptures, and it’s even bigger this year with lots of new creatures! There is also an outside bar, food, and a vintage funfair to enjoy whilst you’re there.


Visit Santa’s Grotto at Jarrold’s
1st - 24th December

If you’re looking for somewhere special to take your little ones to meet Santa this December, Jarrold’s have a sparkling new grotto in their children’s department! After they have told Santa what’s at the top of their wish list this year, each child will receive an extra special present to take home.


The Polar Express Train Ride
13th November - 23rd December

Every year there is huge demand for this family favourite and this year is no exception! With just a handful of tickets left for each date, The Polar Express Train Ride features a cast of live actors on board, bringing the hit film to life in this exciting, magical experience for all to enjoy.


Holkham Hall by Candlelight
1st - 29th December

Holkham Hall is opening its doors in December to invite you to celebrate Christmas, as the stately home gets its festive makeover. The beautiful building will be fully decked with lavishly designed sets and themes, allowing you to relish in the magnificent rooms in stunning flickering candlelight.


Afternoon Tea in Narnia at The Assembly House
24th November - 2nd January



Why not treat yourself to festive afternoon tea with a magical twist? The Assembly House’s private igloos give you the chance to experience a cosy dining experience, whilst enjoying their new Narnia themed afternoon tea. With twinkling lights, music and heating, the igloos are perfect for getting together with those you love most in a winter wonderland setting.


Sandringham Estate Luminate Winter Light Trail
12th November - 19th December

Nestled within Her Majesty’s private Estate, Luminate is a spectacular, illuminated trail - an enchanting mile long journey through the Country Park. With an array of stunning lighting elements and light play set to ambient music, the trail is a timeless experience that is perfect for any age to enjoy.


Christmas Food, Drink and Gift Market at Holkham
18th and 19th December

Whether you’re still on the hunt for some presents, or perhaps want to treat yourself, the Holkham Christmas market is the ideal place to get those last-minute gifts. With some of the best local producers showcasing seasonal food, drinks and gifts, there is something for everyone – even that one person who is impossible to buy for!