Things to Do

Christmas in Norwich and Norfolk offers all ages some fantastic things to do during November, December and into January. From truly amazing Christmas events and concerts, to cultural exhibitions with a nod to the festive season.

These are our highlights but there are plenty more – search the full list here.


Norwich Tunnel of Light. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.


One of the best things to do in Norwich at Christmas is set aside a couple of hours to have a walk through the city as dusk approaches, soaking up the atmosphere and the festive lights. Kicking it all off, see the Tunnel of Light and Norwich Castle projections from November 15 – January 5. 

Christmas Markets are as popular as ever and Norwich has several, including the first of the season, Festive Fair at the Forum (22 – 25 Nov) and NEW for 2018 Norfolk Christmas Fayre (1 Dec) at the stunning Norwich Cathedral.
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Music plays an especially important part at Christmas and with 2 Cathedrals and many churches there is plenty of traditional music on offer. But Christmas is a time for all genres so check Norwich Theatre Royal, OPEN, Norwich Playhouse, Norwich Arts Centre and The Maddermarket for shows and performances to keep you smiling.
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Museums in Norwich offer some wonderful authentic experiences. For the first time Strangers’ Hall is themed ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Join a short tour of the museum to see the entire house decorated with traditional greenery for a magical sense of Christmas past.


Strangers’ Hall at Christmas


Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery between 19 Dec and 2 January has Peace: Street Party 1918, where you can soak up the jubilant atmosphere of the long-awaited Armistice in 1918. Plus enjoy all the usual exhibits and galleries.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts doesn’t get decorated for Christmas due to the design guidelines of this fabulous Norman Foster building (it couldn’t look more lovely anyway!), however, their shop has a great selection of contemporary books, jewellery, cards, crafts – it’s the kind of place to get a gift for the person who has everything. Their winter exhibitions and permanent collections are a sight to behold – at the moment you can catch powerful, moving sculptures by Elisabeth Frink. It’s also a great place to have a long walk by the river and stop for coffee, and lunch in the Modern Life Café.


Elisabeth Frink exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts


Ghost walks are not synonymous with Christmas, but they are good fun and maybe a slight antidote to the festive season? Join The Shadowcaster on a Christmas specials from the Adam and Eve Pub (the oldest pub in Norwich), featuring winter ghost stories from around the country, with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine before heading out.

Get to the car park early and then head out for breakfast before hitting the shops – invite a few friends too! There’s loads of choice in Norwich, from kippers to croissants (and plenty of coffee)!

Explore Norwich Market from top to bottom. The market is a great place for all manner of things: second-hand books, vintage clothes, local produce, food from around the world and much more. And you can now take a guided walking tour with tastings!

Make sure you explore The Cathedral Quarter and the Norwich Lanes for quirky gift ideas and maybe a few things for yourself? Treat yourself to a bespoke piece of jewellery or some original art, even an antique book? Enjoy a nice city pub lunch in between shopping. Read more about shopping in Norwich


Biddy’s Tea Room


Make something! Instead of buying a Christmas wreath make it. There are some fab wreath making experiences which cost the same as a stylish, real foliage one from a florist or Christmas market. Both Holkham Hall and Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden offer workshops.

Get out for a bracing trip on the Broads. Norfolk Outdoor Adventures offer kayaking and paddle boarding to places you cannot get to by boat. Take a class or pay for a bespoke 1:1 lesson (or head out early doors for riverside coffee and pastries!).

Escape into the outdoors, and use the Christmas break to explore some of Norfolk’s best loved attractions. Look to Holkham Hall, Pensthorpe Natural Park, Whitlingham Country Park, BeWILDerwood, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Banham Zoo, Eaton Park Crazy Golf, Amazona Zoo and Africa Alive!


Floodlit Feed at Pensthorpe Natural Park


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