Christmas in Norfolk - 2012

There is so much to do in Norfolk at Christmastime, so why not come and have a break at Baby Willows in the lead up to Christmas.

Or if you want to get away from it all we are open over Christmas as well.

Things that you could do :

The Wells Christmas Tide (30 minutes away)

This will take place on the 30th November, 1st & 2nd December. On the Saturday there is a Christmas market with cafe, living nativity, fireworks and a stunning illuminated procession that travels down the main street of Wells to the Quay where crowds welcome Father Christmas to Wells harbour after his long journey, by sea, from the North Pole. Children then have the opportunity to visit Father and Mother Christmas at home. Check out the full programme of events

Thursford Christmas Spectacular (20 minutes away)

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the biggest and most exciting Christmas show of all time in Britain. Come and experience the popular blend of Christmas entertainment, with dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, Christmas songs, carols, including outstanding music and singing from the cast of over one hundred.

Each show is a pageant of spectacle and colour – the music a seamless transition from an up-beat dance routine to a choral rendition of a Christmas carol, a show which would not be out of place in any London’s west end theatres.

People travel from all over the country to see this wonderful show - booking is essential.

Santa's Magical Journey at Thursford (20 minutes away)

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!

Your journey takes you past the penguins and polar bears to see all the giant sized teddy bears ready to load Santa’s sleigh.  Past the busy elves, hard at work in the toy factory taking in the wonderful wrapping machine.

You’ll meet lots of fantasy characters including the snowman family but watch out for the snowballs before you make your way through the magical forest to reach Santa’s House where you meet the man himself and all his gifts for all the Children that come visit.

Trips on the County's Heritage Railways (30 minutes away)

Bure Valley Railway, North Norfolk Railway (Poppy Line) and Mid-Norfolk Railway all run special Christmas Services which include a visit to see Father Christmas

Santa Broads Cruises (40 minutes away)

Santa Cruise trips last one hour and sail from the bridge at Wroxham aboard a double-decker paddle boat, the Vintage Broadsman. Santa’s Pixies will serve mince pies and mulled wine to the adults and soft drinks with a large festive cookie to all under 18 year olds.  Children between the ages of 1 year and 15 years old will receive a present from Santa when he arrives.

Cromer Pier Christmas Seaside Special (30 minutes away)

A home-grown comedian, amazing singers, energetic dancers and a theatre filled with Christmas sparkle and festive cheer.  Now in its 8th year, there is something very special about this year’s show.

Seasonal Shopping

Norwich is ranked in the top 10 UK shopping destinations, and as well as high street shops and two shopping centres, The Mall and Chapelfield, it offers specialist boutiques along The Lanes, the buzz of the market and quaint tranquil streets all festooned with delicate lights - Norwich is a shopper's paradise!

While you are doing your Christmas shopping why not follow the Festive Heritage Trail.  The festively themed trail is packed with quirky anecdotes and Christmas facts, and covers many of the buildings which are part of the Norwich 12, the city's collection of its finest heritage buildings.

And make sure you take in some of the festive delights in wonderful surroundings - typical events each year include the Medieval Christmas Market at Dragon Hall or the Historic Christmas Fayre at Norwich Cathedral and even a Polish Christmas Market at St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral - you'll be spoilt for choice!

Holt is a treasure trove of quirky independents, and is brimming over with many interesting antique, arts and crafts and gift shops. Make sure you take a trip to Bakers and Larners, East Anglia's answer to Fortnum & Mason, and call in at Byford's for a bite to eat and to rest your feet!

Or take a royal trip out to HM The Queen's estate for a spot of arts and crafts shopping at the renowned Sandringham Christmas Craft Fair. Or pop along to the Deepdale Christmas Market for Christmas decorations and presents, while enjoying great food and drink.

Two night breaks are available at only £180 in the weeks leading up to Christmas.