Read on for more on Santa's grottos, Santa by Steam and Santa's workshops in Norfolk in 2023
At this time of year Father Christmas becomes an incredibly busy man, but as he’s so friendly and thoughtful he will always find time to listen to your wish lists.
There’s nothing that Father Christmas loves more than talking to children, so he uses his super magical powers to whizz all over the county and can be in many places often at the same time!
You’ll find him in cosy cabins, in sparkly grottos, on festive trains and on horse-drawn sleighs in town centres, shopping centres, garden centres and family attractions. As he gets exceedingly hungry on his travels he even turns up for breakfast and lunch at some places!
So, along with his many helpers, do look out for Santa at the following locations this festive season…
PS. Don’t forget to leave out a treat or two for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. The cheeky elves have told us he likes smelly socks, but we think he would rather tuck into a tasty mince pie!
An updated list of Where to See Santa in Norfolk 2023
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Embark on a Magical Journey Aboard the Winter Train: Step aboard the Winter Train tour, hosted by our expert animal rangers. Feel the excitement build as you journey towards the heart of the zoo, where the magical Christmas Grotto awaits.
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The magic of Christmas is coming to BeWILDerwood this December!
With a sprinkle of Christmas cheer, a BeWILDermas panto and a glimpse of Santa Claus – it's set to be the event of the year!
The Sparkly Light Trail
Explore brand new areas of BeWILDerwood as you follow The Sparkly Light Trail through the woods. Discover silly snowmen, curious Christmas crackers, a giant Christmas pudding and lots, lots more as you venture through the festivities.
A BeWILDermas Pantomime
Join us for this ten-minute mini pantomime where you will learn what Santa Claus is doing visiting the WILD woods! Will the curious characters of BeWILDerwood be able to save Christmas before it’s too late?! And just why does that reindeer have bunny ears?! Full of family fun and festive cheer, enjoy our unique spin on a traditional pantomime.
Under twinkling fairy lights, your Christmas visit to Bressingham includes a ride on a Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone both young and old, a festive spin on the Gallopers and a visit to Father Christmas, including a present, for children up to the age of 12 years.
Hop on board one of our Festive Express steam trains this December. Enjoy a 1 hour experience from our Aylsham Station including festive treats, a 30 minute steam train ride and a visit to see Santa in his grotto.
Each child will receive a personalised present from Santa himself.
Selected dates from 30th November to 23rd December 2023
Father Christmas is coming to Church Farm Stow Bardolph
Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Stow Bardolph, PE34 3HT
Visit Santa in his magical little house every weekend from the 2nd of December until the 17th of December 10.30am – 3.30pm at The Elveden Courtyard. Come and visit Santa and the mischievous elves hard at work, regaling you with stories of their adventures from the North Pole.
Each ticket entitles the child visiting Santa to receive a present (suitable from birth up until 11 years) and chocolate coins. The opportunity to have their photograph taken which can be transformed into a printed photo.
Some of Santa's gifts have fallen from his sleigh across the magical worlds he's passed through to deliver presents to children across the globe. Your visit will take you through the night sky, rabbit tunnels, enchanted woodlands, icy caves and mystical lands, ending with a trip to Santa's grotto where each child will be given a gift and have a chat with the big guy himself. Quiet sessions are available on selected dates
Dates from 25th November
Breakfast with Santa at Highway Garden and Leisure
Children can fill their tummies with a yummy cooked breakfast, cereal and juice while the adults enjoy a hot drink and cooked breakfast, cereal and juice while the adults enjoy a hot drink and cooked breakfast. Santa will visit your table to have a chat and a giggle with each family, your special breakfast will be topped off with your child's gift delivered to your table.
Dates from 30th November
Afternoon Tea with Santa at Highway Garden and Leisure
Children can fill their rumbling tummies with delicious sandwiches, sausage roll, seasonal cakes and biscuit, a milkshake and more while the adults enjoy their very own Christmas Afternoon Tea. Santa will visit your table to have a chat and a giggle with each family and the afternoon will be topped off with a child's gift delivered to your table.
Selected dates from 2nd December 2023
Santa's Grotto at Norwich Puppet Theatre
Norwich Puppet Theatre, St James Court, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN.
Nothing makes the Christmas season special like meeting the Big Man himself. Join Father Christmas in his festive toy workshop here at the Theatre and choose your own puppet gift from his magical tree to take home with you. A Santa’s Grotto unlike any other.
A wonderful experience for young children to bring the magic of Christmas alive.
Now includes the Enchanted Journey of Light. Visit Father Christmas and get taken on a journey on the way with penguins, polar bears, giant sized teddy bears and fantasy characters before venturing outside to the Lantern Light Extravaganza. Relaxed session available for 8th December – see website for details
Every weekend in December plus 21st to 23th December 2023
Leaving from the boatyard in Wroxham, Santa's Elves will have a gift bag for all children aboard over 3 years old including a juice box, activity book and crayons and a festive treat - plus all children can visit Santa in his grotto and receive a present from Santa himself.
Join Father Christmas and settle in for a yuletide tale in Oxburgh’s festive second-hand bookshop. After the story, Father Christmas will have a small gift for you to take home.Maximum of 1 free accompanying adult per child. Each child requires a ticket.This event doesn’t include general admission to site. Standard admissions charges apply to the property to non-members on arrival.
Dates from 25th November 2023
Dippy's Christmas Celebration 2023/Sparkle at Roarr!
See ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure transformed into a winter wonderland with Dippy's Christmas Celebration, full of seasonal surprises and amazing activities
Also, enjoy other festive events at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure on selected dates this Christmas with a candy cane trail, Dippy and Friends Christmas Show, ice skating rink, gingerbread decorating with Mother Christmas as well as an hour of magical moments with Father Christmas, and the Christmas Present House.
Sparkle at Roarr! is an all new event where visitors can enjoy the festivities after hours - see the website for details.
Meet Santa in a specially created grotto where Santa will spend approximately 30 minutes with a group telling stories and tales of his adventures before opportunities for photos with individual children.
2nd to 23rd December
Father Christmas Experience 2023 at Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre
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