Winter, and Christmas in particular, are a fantastic time to visit Norfolk; there is an abundance of winter wildlife, some of the best shopping in the UK and a selection of festive shows to get you in the spirit. Here is our guide to what’s on in Norfolk over the Christmas period:

a snowflake on a Christmas tree.

Cromer Pier Christmas Show

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show is fast becoming one of the most popular Christmas activities for families across Norfolk. The show is a heart-warmer, packed with laugh-out-loud moments, dance, song and, of course, a festive story. The festive entertainment is suitable for all the family, from young children to great-grandparents, the traditional entertainment is highly likely to be one of your fondest memories from the season.

25th November – 30th December. Booking is essential, opening times and ticket prices vary depending on the day. Visit the Cromer Pier website for more details.

Cromer pier on a winters evening, Norfolk.

Meet the Royal Family on Christmas Day

Norfolk is a popular winter staycation destination, and the desirability is heightened with the knowledge that the county with be sharing the festive season with much of the royal family. The Sandringham estate is traditionally where the Queen spends her Christmases, and with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just down the road, much of the monarch will be spending their special day in Norfolk. The estate isn’t open while the Queen is in residence, but they do make a regular appearance on Christmas day at the St Mary Magdalene Church for the 11 am service.

Christmas Day, 11 am. This event is not ticketed. 

The Queen of England’s guards


Norwich is one of the most complete medieval cities in the UK, and the historic streets and structures come to life during the Christmas period. With twinkling lights, enlivening restaurants and bars, the festive spirit is high here in Norwich.

The Norwich Lanes are home to over 300 independent shops and eateries, and there is truly something for everyone in this vibrant and cultured part of the city. If you are still in search of the perfect and unique gift for your loved ones, then this is the place to hit the shops.

the Norwich lanes at Christmas


Over the festive season, the Norfolk nature reserves are abundant with wildlife, some of which have travelled thousands of miles to reach the county and settle into their winter residence. Pack your binoculars and keep an eye out for the migrating pink-footed geese, bittern, bearded tits and marsh harriers that will be filling the skies and dotted along the reserves. The Norfolk seals also offer a spectacle during the festive period, with the seals giving birth to their pups on the shoreline.

grey seal on the Norfolk coast.

Santa’s Magical Journey

The winter wonderland in Thursford will take you on a magical and inspirational festive journey. The wonderland transports you to the North Pole, with enchanting Christmas scenes at each turn. Visitors will be guided past penguins, polar bears, snow families, giant teddy bears and more! It’ll be a day that children will want to remember forever, as their imagination can run wild with each of the Christmas settings, and to top it all off, they are invited to Father Christmas’ house, to meet the big man himself! He’ll be welcoming them into his grotto and will have plenty of gifts in tow for all the children who visit.

Booking is essential, opening times and ticket prices vary depending on the day. Visit the Thursford website for more details.

Santa’s arm reaching for a festive drink.

Whether it’s a family get-together, or an escape to find some peace, why not enjoy your Christmas in one of our holiday homes in Norfolk for sale and enjoy all the festivities the county has on offer?