Visits to Santa

We all know Santa is a very busy man, so we’re very lucky that each year he comes to Norwich and Norfolk to pay us a visit (we think he has good taste). But not content with just sitting in his chair and sticking to one place, Santa can be found all over the area: on a steam train, a boat in the Broads, in a stately home, in an ancient woodland, a magical wonderland, dinosaur park, zoo, in a grotto for dogs – and this year he’s even gone back in time!

He’s asked us to let you know where you can find him, so over Christmas why not go and meet the big man himself?

For all paid visits, booking is essential!


Santa’s Magical Journey – Thursford
November & December, selected dates, Children £17.50 (includes a present); Adults £11.50

Your magical 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. Prices include entertainment and a 4D film, timed slots.


Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford


Steam Trains to Santa in the Broads
Selected dates December including Christmas Eve, Adults £17.00, Children £17.0
Climb on board a wonderful steam train to Santa with a journey through the Broads

Santa Cruise in the Broads
1 – 31 December, booking essential – £13.00 per person; under 1’s go free
Come on board the Vintage Broadsman with Santa and his Pixies for an hour of Family Festive Fun. Santa lands on the roof and goes down into the cosy saloon with his sack bursting full of quality presents


Broads Tours – Visits from Santa


Santa’s Grotto for Dogs
8 December 2018, 11am – 3pm, Free

Bring your dressed-up pooches to meet Santa Woof Woof in his kennel shaped grotto and be part of the seasonal silliness!

Father Christmas in Woodland Surrounds at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden
15 – 16 December, 11am to 5pm, adults £6.85; children £8 inc. garden entry.
Have yourself a twinkly woodland Christmas experience. Take a stroll through our illuminated winter woodland garden to meet the reindeer and visit Father Christmas tucked away among the trees. There will be live music, illuminations and an Elves’ Workshop with free Christmas crafts and face painting to keep the children busy.

Christmas Celebration at Roarr!
8 – 9 December 2018, online tickets adults £14.95, children £16.95

As the magical time of Christmas Day gets closer, the winter wonderland comes to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure.  Come along and meet Santa and the magical Park decorations and experience some winter excitement.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – A new Victorian themed immersive experience
1, 8, 15, 22 December, tickets £10 per child visit & museum; £8 just Father Christmas visit.
See Father Christmas in his workshop and receive a present and a picture, then join in a traditional Christmas as Clement C Moore’s magical tale of stockings and sugar-plums come to life with costumed characters, entertainment, projections, story-time, and Christmas crafts including ‘Ma in her cap’ and Victorian-style entertainers.


Victorian Father Christmas visits – Strangers’ Hall


Christmas at Africa Alive!
Selected dates in December including Christmas Eve December

See Santa Claus here at the park and enjoy some festive fun in the Discovery Centre.

Christmas at Banham Zoo
Selected dates in December including Christmas Eve December
See Santa Claus at the zoo and enjoy some festive fun in the Activities & Education Centre.


Find more Christmas events at

Why not stay with us? Search: Accommodation, Getting here, Things to do.

Enter our Christmas Festive Faces competition: you might win your face on Norwich Castle plus an exclusive city break for two!

Share your festive favourite on social media using #myfestivefavourite!