Where's Santa in Norfolk

Read on for more on Santa's grottos, Santa by Steam and Santa's workshops in Norfolk in 2019...


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 2019

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23, 24, 30 NOV; 1-24 DEC

Santa’s Grotto

Highway Garden & Leisure, Framingham Pigot, NR14 7PW


Adventure through a wintery woodland with moving animal friends and some fun games to join in with. Watch the elves busy making toys before entering the cosy grotto to meet Father Christmas. Up to 3 accompanying adults free of charge with each child. Pre-book online.


23, 24, 30 NOV; 1, 7-8, 14-15, 17-23 DEC

Santa’s Magical Journey

Thursford Collection, NR21 0AS


A treat to cherish on this magical fantasy journey to visit Father Christmas. See penguins, polar bears, giant teddy bears, elves and the snowman family; watch out for the snowballs! Booking essential.



Diss Christmas Lights Switch-On

Diss Town Centre, IP22


Seasonal activities include meet the panto cast from Robin Hood, carol singing from local school children, magic, face painting and Santa’s Grotto.


24, 30 NOV; 1 DEC

Breakfast with FC

Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Stow Bardolph, PE34 3HT 


Enjoy a relaxing family breakfast with Father Christmas, storytime, games and activities. Early booking recommended - 01366 382162.



Christmas Lights Switch On

Downham Market Town Centre, PE38

Seasonal fun, the traditional switching on of the Christmas Lights, funfair and Santa on his sleigh at 1:30pm. Details- 01366 387770.




Christmas Lights Switch On

Wisbech Market Place, PE13 1DY


See the fabulous festive lights switched on and meet Santa. 3 hours of fun packed entertainment!


28 NOV-1 DEC; 5-8, 12-23 DEC

Father Christmas is Here!

Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Stow Bardolph, PE34 3HT


Visit Father Christmas, receive a present, see the wonderful Church Farm animals in nativity scenes plus Christmas activities. Option 2- all of the above plus see the rest of Church Farm including the fantastic indoor tree house play area and more.



Christmas Lights Switch On

 Market Place, Gt Yarmouth, NR30


Celebrate the arrival of Santa to assist with the switch on of the festive illuminations at 7pm followed by a rooftop firework display.


30 NOV; 1, 7-8, 14-15, 19-23 DEC

The Santa Experience

Wroxham Barns, Hoveton, NR12 8QU


An immersive ‘Santa Experience’ lasting almost 2 hours and NO QUEUES! Spend quality time with Santa and his Elves. Includes: Elf Academy, crafts, singing, dancing, real reindeer and lots more. Ages 2-10s + all the family. Book online.


30 NOV; 1, 7-8, 14-15, 19-24 DEC

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!, Kessingland, NR33 7TF


See Santa Claus and enjoy some festive fun including Christmas crafts and animal handling. Children can enjoy the thrill of meeting Santa whilst also receiving a fantastic gift. Additional charge applies to visit Santa.


30 NOV; 1, 7-8, 14-15, 19-24 DEC

Christmas at Banham Zoo

Banham Zoo, NR16 2HE


Children can enjoy the thrill of meeting Father Christmas in his ice cave whilst also receiving a fantastic gift, plus festive crafts and face painting. Book online.


30 NOV - 5 JAN

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog Bricklive Tour

Banham Zoo, NR16 2HE


This world premier, inspired by Raymond Briggs’ much-loved animated film is based on the UK’s favourite festive characters. Discover wonderful models made from coloured toy bricks on this interactive festive trail. Book online.


30 NOV; 1, 7-8, 14-15, 19-24 DEC

Steam Trains to Santa

Bure Valley Railway, Wroxham Station, NR12 8UR


Travel to Santa’s Grotto where Santa and his railway sleigh are there to welcome you all. Entertainment and festive refreshments add to the Christmas magic.


30 NOV; 1, 7-8, 14-15, 20-24 DEC

Christmas at Bressingham

Bressingham Steam & Gardens, IP22 2AA


Meet Father Christmas and his wife and elves at Bressingham: stay all afternoon and visit Walmington-on-Sea at Christmas. Booking advisable: online/01379 686900/in person.


30 NOV; 1, 7-8, 14-15 DEC

Meet Santa

Elveden Grotto, Elveden, IP24 3TJ


In the depths of a forest of Christmas trees there is a magical little house and in it lives a VERY important man, Father Christmas. The mischievous elves hard at work, will regale you with stories of their adventures from the North Pole. Early booking recommended.


30 NOV; 1, 7-8, 14-15, 19-24 DEC

Breakfast with Santa

Highway Garden & Leisure, Framingham Pigot, NR14 7PW


You and your child can enjoy a cooked breakfast, cereal, juice & a hot drink with Father Christmas. Afterwards take a magical adventure through a wintery woodland to see the elves busy in their workshop before entering Santa's Grotto to meet the man himself. Pre-book online.


30 NOV; 7, 14, 20, 21 DEC

A Visit from St Nicholas

Strangers’ Hall, Norwich, NR2 4AL


Twas the night before Christmas. Meet Father Christmas and follow the trail of verses with stories, crafts, costumed characters and the Chris Mouse trail. Booking advised: Norfolk-museums.arttickets.org.uk


30 NOV; 1, 7-8, 14-15, 20-24 DEC

Santa’s Steam Train

North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham Station, NR26 8RA


Make your family’s Christmas extra special and hop on board a traditional festive steam train journey to see Santa. Greet Santa’s reindeer plus festive arts, crafts and more. Book online.


30 Nov; 1, 7-8, 14–15, 19–24 DEC

Christmas Celebration 2019

ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, NR9 5JE


Father Christmas and his Elves have arrived and promise to share the Christmas magic with lots of activities, festive entertainment and surprises, and the chance to meet the big man himself.



Wells Christmas Tide Festival

Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23


Decorated trees, fantastic all-day family entertainment, lantern making, Meet the Penguins, make and decorate gingerbread men. Santa arrives around 6:30pm on the Quay followed by fireworks.


30 NOV; 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19-24 DEC

Santa Cruise River Trip

Broads Tours, Wroxham Bridge, NR12 8RX


What a clatter as Santa lands his reindeer on the top deck! Festive refreshments served by Santa’s Pixies, children’s Christmas quiz and colouring/drawing competition. Special gift for ages 1-15. Tickets: 01603 782207.



Switch-on Saturday

Cromer Town Centre, NR27


A festive Christmas Market, photos with the reindeer and donkeys; Santa arrives at 12 noon. Entertainment and carol singing at 4:30pm.



Proudly Norfolk Christmas Festival

Open Norwich, Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF


Visit Santa in his Grotto and meet his reindeer; Christmas biscuit decorating, festive face painting plus stalls displaying Norfolk’s best food and drink.



Lunch & Afternoon Tea with Santa

Open Norwich, Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF


Join Santa for a homemade lunch or afternoon tea. Suitable for the up to 12-yrs. Book online.



Festive Funday

Hunstanton Town Centre, PE36


Festive fun includes a giant walk-in Snowglobe, Christmas Fair, Santa’s Grotto, fairground, and meet the King and Queen of Snow stilt walkers. Join the Grand Light Parade.


1, 8, 15 DEC

Breakfast with Santa

Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough, NR17 1AY


Enjoy a magical breakfast with Father Christmas, with craft activities, gingerbread man decorating and a present. Book online.


7 DEC – 22 DEC

Meet Father Christmas

Oxburgh Hall, King’s Lynn, PE33 9PS


Enjoy the ’12 Days of Christmas trail’ before seeing Father Christmas and his elves in the beautifully decorated Saloon. Please book: 03442 491895.



Christmas Time and Tidings

Time & Tide, Gt Yarmouth, NR30 3BX


Festive songs, crafts and Christmas characters plus a special festive VIP guest from the North Pole in the magically merry Rows!


13 DEC & 20 DEC

Sensitive Santa’s Grotto

Thetford Garden Centre, Kilverstone, IP24 2RL


A sensitive Santa's Grotto for children with autism and (SEN) Special Educational Needs. Booking essential: 01842 763267.


14 DEC & 15 DEC

Father Christmas at Fairhaven

Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ


Stroll through the woodland to meet reindeer and find Santa tucked among the trees. All the family will enjoy live music, craft stalls, illuminations and the children’s Elves' Christmas craft workshop. Pre-booking is essential to visit Santa.


14 DEC & 15 DEC

Holly & Ivy – Christmas at the Hall

 Holt Hall, Kelling Road, Holt, NR25 6RT


Tickets include a 45 minute experience in the Hall: meet Father Christmas, receive a gift and decorate a Christmas biscuit. Plus explore the grounds, make a wreath, Christmas trail and create a Christmas decoration using natural resources, £16 per child, Accompanying adults FREE! Call 01263 713117.


14-15, 19-20, 22-23 DEC

An Audience with Father Christmas

Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1RH


Meet Father and Mother Christmas with tales of wonder and magic, then tour the State rooms magically decorated for Christmas with the all-singing, all-dancing ukulele elves. Children must be accompanied. Early booking recommended.


14-15, 18-23 DEC

Santa Specials

Whitwell & Reepham Station, NR10 4GA


Father Christmas has taken over a magical building and you’ll need to go on a train trip to try to find him. Festive refreshments, presents for the under 14s and festivities.



Storytime with Father Christmas

10am-12 noon, Elveden Courtyard, Elveden, IP24 3TJ


Father Christmas will be taking time out from his busy schedule for a morning of singing and storytelling. Age 5 and under. Please book: 01842 898068.


19 DEC & 20 DEC

Breakfast or Afternoon Tea with Father Christmas

Elveden Courtyard, Elveden, IP24 3TJ


Your chance to meet Father Christmas, he’ll want to hear what you might like in your stocking on Christmas morning; plus receive a gift and Norway Spruce sapling before he heads back to the North Pole! Please book: 01842 898068.




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