Christmas & New Year Events in North Norfolk, 2018
Christmas and the New Year is a time when Norfolk springs into life with a plethora of shows, pantomimes and special events. We have chosen six fantastic events from around the county, selected for their appeal to a range of audiences.
Thursford Christmas Spectacular
It is impossible to talk about Christmas in Norfolk without mentioning the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. The three-hour show is the largest Christmas show in the country, with coach loads of people turning up from across the UK and Europe to enjoy the festive celebration.
The show features magical mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians – many of whom are West End performers. It is an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast-moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being performed alongside traditional carols.
The show runs from 6 November to 23 December.
More info: Thursford Christmas Spectacular website
Norwich Theatre Royal – Aladdin
Pantomime-goers will be transported to the Far East this Christmas when they join the mystical magic-carpet ride along with our hero Aladdin. Steven Roberts (Hollyoaks, The History Boys) takes on the title role aiming to outwit the evil Abanazar, played by Emmerdale and Casualty star Rik Makarem.
Joining them will be Milkshake favourite Kiera-Nicole Brennan as the Genie, Theatre Royal panto stalwart Richard Gauntlett as Widow Twankey, and Norfolk-based comedy entertainer Ben Langley as Wishee-Washee.
With a sparkling script from writer and director Richard Gauntlett, the show promises dazzling costumes, a stunning set, mischievous fun, and entertainment for all the family.
Aladdin runs from 12 December to January 13.
More info: Norwich Theatre Royal website
Cromer Pier Christmas Show
Magic, comedy, juggling and a variety of vaudevillian skills are on display at the Cromer Pier Christmas Show. This is fast becoming recognised as one of the best Christmas shows around, both in terms of entertainment and value for money.
The show enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2017 and is all set to better that this time around.
Featuring good old Norfolk boy, all-round entertainer and jolly nice chap Olly Day, the show combines traditional festive fun with a modern, contemporary twist.
The Cromer Pier Christmas Show runs from 24 November to 30 December.
More info: Cromer Pier website
Festive Food Fair at Holkham Hall
Christmas and food go hand in hand, which is why the Festive Food Fair at Holkham Hall has proven such a hit among the county’s foodie population. Last year’s inaugural event was wildly popular, so it is back this year, only bigger and better.
The Food Fair brings together a delicious collection of food and drink from the best local and regional producers. You can stock up on your ingredients for your Christmas feast or you can discover some beautiful presents for the food lovers on your gift list. There is also a cookery theatre, featuring Norfolk food heroes and hosted by Charlie Hodson of Charlie’s Norfolk Food Heroes.
More info: Holkham website
Cromer Boxing Day Fancy Dress Swim
For the thrill seekers or the truly mad, the invigorating Boxing Day Fancy Dress Swim on Cromer East beach is a must. Hundreds of hardy souls take a plunge into the icy waters of the North Sea. The redeeming feature of this activity is that it raises money for charity.
Wednesday 26 December
More info: North Norfolk Beach Runners
Shop till you drop at Deepdale
The 10th annual Deepdale Christmas Market takes place on Friday 30 November through to Sunday 2 December in the lovely village of Burnham Deepdale.
Visitors to the market can enjoy ‘Not on the high street’ presents, decorations, food and drink in three large marquees around the Dalegate Market site, in the barn of Deepdale Backpackers & Camping, and amongst the pews in St Mary’s Church. More than 120 artisan producers gather at this teeming and vibrant market.
Look out for tasty treats, wreaths, cheese, penguin pictures, soaps, homewares, biscuits, chutneys, jewellery, accessories, toys, books, salamis, tea, beer, cordials, glass, bags, photographs… Something for every budget, every present list, and every taste.
This year there will be lots more food. Deepdale Cafe, pizzas, pies, crepes, duck wraps, mulled wine, hot chocolate, burgers, real ales, sloe gin, Christmas punch, brownies… the list goes on.
Deepdale Christmas Market is open from 10am to 5pm on all three days. There is free parking onsite and the Coasthopper bus stops right at the door.
More info: dalegatemarket.co.uk