Things to do in Norfolk at Christmas

Visiting Norfolk at Christmas? We’ve got your itinerary covered

Norfolk offers a perfect blend of tradition and charm for an idyllic Christmas escape. From enchanting markets to historic sites and refreshing coastal walks, there is something for everyone to enjoy this festive season.

What To Do In Norfolk at Christmas Time

As locals ourselves, we are excited to share with you some of our favourite things to do during your Christmas break, ensuring you embrace the festive season and experience the very best that the Norfolk region has to offer.

Things to do in Norfolk at Christmas

Immerse yourself in festive markets

There is an exhaustive list of festive markets that take place in various towns throughout the region starting in early November. Norwich hosts one of the largest, Norwich Christmas Market, where over 200 stalls sell unique gifts, local crafts and delicious food, perfect for your Christmas shopping. Right on our doorstep, Holt’s Christmas market is well known for its independent boutiques and annual light switch-on event. A few of our other favourites not to be missed include the Deepdale and Sandringham Christmas Markets.

Discover Norfolk’s historical sites

The already beautiful historic sites that are dotted around the region are transformed at Christmas into stunning festive halls. Explore Norwich Cathedral which hosts beautiful carol services and concerts that echo throughout its stunning architecture. Wander through the gorgeous gardens of the Blickling Estate which are transformed into winter wonderlands, tastefully decorated in traditional ornaments, twinkling lights and garlands. The Sandringham Estate is also on our must-see list each year! The royal retreat is transformed into an enchanting experience, with Luminate Sandringham a stunning festive light display which weaves throughout the grounds

Things to do in Norfolk at Christmas

Christmas walks at the coast

Enjoy a brisk winter walk at the coast, embracing the sea air and enjoying the festivities at the seaside. The North Norfolk coast in particular offers a vast array of family-friendly beaches for a peaceful retreat in the festive season and is home to some of our favourite walking routes. Visit the charming seaside towns of Wells-next-the-sea, Cromer and Sheringham for festive events, independent shops and mouth-watering local seafood. Cromer is also home to the Cromer Pier Christmas Show, which is a sensational festive show held in the theatre on the pier, one of only five UK piers with full working theatre.

Family-friendly festive events

Norfolk embraces the Christmas spirit with a jam-packed diary of things to do for families. The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is a must-see performance with music, dance and festive cheer. For those who love trains, the Norfolk Lights Express offers a magical steam train journey with Santa, illuminated with festive lights and things to spot. There are countless places where you can meet Santa, enjoy pantomimes and look at festive lights, some of our other favourites to list are The Christmas Experience at Wroxham Barns, Thursfords Enchanted Journey of Light, and the festive pantomime at the Norwich Theatre Royal.

Things to do in Norfolk at Christmas

Festive feasts and cosy pubs

After your exploring, head indoors to a warm, cosy pub, adorned with festive decorations. Sample the locally sourced Norfolk black ham, Norfolk turkey and the county’s renowned produce including vegetables, cheeses, and seafood. Many of the local pubs offer Christmas menus, perfect for sampling the very best of what the season and the region has to offer. For some of our favourite places to eat in Aylsham, Blakeney, Cromer, Burnham Market and Brancaster you can find out more in our handy guide.

Your Norfolk Christmas Getaway

Embrace the magic of Christmas and explore the wealth of experiences that Norfolk has to offer, with something for everyone of all ages. From bustling Christmas markets to peaceful coastal walks and cosy pub lunches, this picturesque region is the perfect place to make unforgettable memories. As a Norfolk holiday cottage company, we take pride in providing our guests with comfortable, welcoming and well-positioned accommodations so that you can immerse yourself in the festive spirit. Plan your Christmas getaway to Norfolk with the Norfolk Cottage Agency and make this festive season one to remember.