11 places you can meet Father Christmas in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 17:17 07 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:40 08 November 2019
Father Christmas has taken some time out of his busy schedule to meet children across Norfolk and your little ones are spoilt for choice with these brilliant Santa’s grottos.
1. What: Father Christmas' Workshop
Where: Jarrold, London Street Norwich, NR2 1JF
When: November 24 to December 24, various times
Cost: £5 per child, tickets available from the Christmas card till on floor three
Father Christmas will be in store everyday from Sunday, November 24 until Christmas Eve and each child who visits him will receive a lovely gift to take home.
2. What: Christmas at Banham Zoo
Where: Kenninghall Road, Banham NR16 2HE
When: Father Christmas at the zoo: November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, daily December 19 to 24
Cost: £6.95 per child to see Father Christmas, standard admission price £14.50 for adults, £10.85 for children (3-15), seniors (over 65) £12.65 and under 3s are free but will still need to purchase a ticket to see Father Christmas, banhamzoo.co.uk
Enjoy the magic of Christmas and visit Santa in his brand new workshop with a gift for every child, which will include a free admission ticket for them for a return visit to Banham Zoo before March 31 2020.
There will also be festive fun with crafts and face painting in the Activities and Education Centre.
The zoo will also stay open until 7pm on Saturday evening so visitors can enjoy The Snowman and the Snowdog official BRICKLIVE Tour under the festive illuminations, which runs from Nomvember 30 to January 5.
3. What: Father Christmas
Where: Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, Norwich NR13 6DZ
When: December 14 to 15, 11am to 5pm
Cost: £10 per child, pre-booking essential at fairhavengarden.co.uk
Take a stroll through the woodland to meet the reindeer and visit Father Christmas tucked away among the trees.
There will be live music, craft stalls, illuminations and an Elves' Workshop with Christmas crafts to keep the children busy and festive food in the tea room and marquee.
Garden entry applies for adults and concessions (£6.85/£6.60) and the cost per child includes garden entry from 10am and a present.
4. What: Winter Wonderland
Where: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, NR9 5JW
When: November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 and daily December 19 to 24
Cost: £6.95 per child for Santa's Grotto, winter gate admission price £10.95 adults and children over 90cm and £9.95 online, roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk
The popular attraction will be transformed into a dinosaur-themed winter wonderland, where children can stumble across the magical world of Narnia through C.S. Lewis' enchanted wardrobe in the Lost World Maze, as well as discover creatures through the festive-themed Dinosaur Trail, filled with hidden candy canes.
Families can step into an enchanted grotto to visit Father Christmas for an additional charge, where Dippy and his little helpers will be on hand to give out gifts.
Christmas arts and crafts will also be available for children to take part in and make decorations and cards to take home for family and friends.
5. What: An Audience with Father Christmas
Where: Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AB
When: December 19 and 20 still available, slots available from 10am to 4.30pm
Cost: £25, booking essential at holkham.co.uk
Join the festivities at Holkham as Father Christmas pays a visit with Mother Christmas in the saloon to treat families to magical festive tales and the all-singing, all-dancing band of ukulele elves will entertain you.
The elves will lead guests through the enchanting state rooms, but keep an eye out as they may have a trick or two up their sleeves.
Youngsters will also be treated to an early Christmas present, whilst parents can sip on a glass of prosecco or soft drink.
6. What: Santa's Magical Journey
Where: Thursford Collection, Fakenham, NR21 0AS
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When: November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, daily December 17 to 23
Cost: Adults £11.50, children £18.50, under 1s free, thursford.com or call 01328 878477
Your journey takes you past the penguins and polar bears to see all the giant teddy bears ready to load onto Santa's sleigh and past the busy elves using their wonderful wrapping machine.
You will then meet the snowman family, where you will need to watch out for snowballs, and then you make your way through the magical forest before reaching Father Christmas' house and each child will receive a gift.
There will also be a relaxed morning from 9am to 12pm on November 24 for children with additional needs, with less queueing, quieter music and harsh lighting effects will be turned off.
7. What: Lunch and Afternoon Tea with Santa
Where: OPEN Norwich, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF
When: December 1, lunch 12pm to 1pm, afternoon tea 3pm to 4pm
Cost: £9.75 per child (includes one free adult admission), booking essential at opennorwich.org.uk
This event is part of the Proudly Norfolk Food and Drink Christmas Festival and families will get the chance to dine with Santa and meet his reindeer.
Lunch consists of a ham or cheese sandwich, a bag of Pom Bears, satsuma, brownie or festive cookie and fruit juice and children will also receive a gift.
The festival runs from 10am to 4pm, with over 40 stalls selling delicious treats from across the county, and there will also be a Santa's Grotto, hamper wrapping service and even an adult crèche.
8. What: Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre
Where: Great Yarmouth Minster, the Priory Centre and the Market Place NR30 1NE
When: November 29 to December 1, 10am to 8pm/9am to 5pm/10am to 4pm
Expect a three-day Christmas extravaganza with plenty of stalls to visit and entertainment whilst you shop and there will also be a Santa's Grotto in The Priory Centre.
The market place will host a large marquee this year along with wooden chalets selling festive food and gifts and the Great Yarmouth Minster will be filled to the brim with unique handcrafted gifts and baked goods.
9. What: Christmas Grotto 2019
Where: Vancouver Quarter, Broad Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1DP
When: November 30 to December 24, weekends only
Cost: £3, booking essential for slots between 10am and 3pm via eventbrite.co.uk (further details on the Vancouver Quarter Facebook Page), walk-in available 3pm to 4pm first come, first served
Visit Father Christmas in his grotto in the shopping centre every weekend from November 30 until Christmas Eve in aid of East Anglian Children's Hospices (EACH).
Children will be invited up a wintery path before meeting the man himself via the elves' workshop and there will be a wrapped gift for every child and a professional photographer to make sure the memory is captured perfectly.
10. What: Father Christmas Experience
Where: Cromer Pier, NR27 9HE
When: December 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 9am to 12.30pm
Cost: £12.50 per child, booking essential, call box office on 01263 512495
Shimmer the elf will welcome your family to the theatre bar and will invite your children to colour in a magical photo and play some games and they will then be taken to meet Father Christmas on the stage where they will receive a gift.
You will be emailed a form approximately one week before your experience to help the elves learn a little bit about your child so that Santa can talk to them about their interests and what they want for Christmas.
11. What: The Santa Experience
Where: Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8QU
When: November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, daily December 19 to 23, sessions from 10am
Cost: From £10.25 per child (aged 2+), from £7.75 (under 2s), ticket price includes all-day unlimited access to indoor play and all the Junior Farm activities, wroxhambarns.co.uk
Father Christmas has taken some time out of his busy schedule at the North Pole to come to the Junior Farm at Wroxham Barns along with his elves.
New for this year is the Animal Activity Barn, accessed by a magic key, where you can meet real reindeer and donkeys and the event will last two hours, with an Elf Academy and children will receive an Elf School Diploma and Elf Hat to take away.
There will also be plenty of singing, dancing, games and Christmas crafts and children will receive a present to take home from the man in red.
For grown-ups there will be mince pies and plenty of photo opportunities for all the family.