Christmas is a time when families get together and enjoy the festive season. As part of our daily guide to the top 10s for Christmas, ROSA MCMAHON and Visit Norwich look at the top ten family activities in the region. LEAVE US YOUR TIPS IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.

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Craft fair and Enchanted Evening at Norwich Castle

December 7, 5pm - 9pm

Families can celebrate the magic of winter as the Castle Keep is transformed into a winter woodland. There will be owls in the Keep itself, storytelling under the tree, and a magician performing tricks. With usic from the Norwich-based Vivace Quartet, a Christmas craft fair, and a buffet in the Rotunda with festive jazz in the background, whats not to make you feel festive. Adults cost 3.40 and children 2.50.

To book, call 01603 495897

A Fifties Christmas

Bridewell Museum, Bridewell Alley, Norwich

Saturday, December 8, 10.30am - 12.30pm, and 1.30pm - 3.30pm

You are invited to celebrate Christmas in the glamorous style of the 1950s at the Bridewell in Norwich. The museum will decorate their 1950s sitting room in readiness for Christmas, so you can play board games and charades, make 1950s-style Christmas crackers, and retro robots with the sounds of the decade in the background. Entry is free into the museum which re-opened in July 2012.

A Strangers Hall Christmas

Strangers Hall, Charing Cross, Norwich

Saturday, December 8, 11am - 12.30pm, and 1.30pm - 3.30pm

A Tudor puppet show about, the original Father Christmas, St Nicholas and a Victorian magic lantern show, as Christmas is celebrated in a traditional family style. There will be traditional music and Christmas decorations for families to make and take home, as well as a challenge to look for owls hidden around the on the Christmas owl trail, and collect a stamp.

Free with museum entry.

The traditional spirit of Christmas is celebrated at Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Saturday, December 8 until Sunday, December 9, 11am until 5pm

Holkham Hall will be open for families to take in the lavishly decorated grand state rooms of the north Norfolk property, as well as meet Victorian characters dressed in costume, and a unique chance for visitors to see Father Christmas reindeer.

Adults cost 12, children from 2-16 8, and families of two adults and two children, 36

Craft Club

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University Drive, Norwich

Sunday, December 9, from 1pm until 4pm, free, Sunday, Decenber 8, you can drop-in at the free activity table and learn new craft skills with the craft club volunteers

Meet Father Christmas and his reindeer

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham

Sunday, December 9, 11am until 5pm

Follow the woodland trail and meet Father Christmas at 11am in his traditional yurt with his reindeer, plus childrens crafts in the elves workshop, live music and mini-Christmas market.

Adults cost 5.50, concessions 5, children 3 plus additional 5 per child to visit Father Christmas and receive a present.

Booking is advised, visit

The Tinderbox

Norwich Puppet Theatre, St James Whitefriars, Norwich

Sat December 15 until Saturday January 5

Families are invited to watch a soldiers remarkable roller-coaster adventure in the classic Hans Andersen tale which has been especially created by Norwich Puppet Theatre. The show is suitable for families and children of 4 years and above, and is told using a mix of puppetry and animation. Adults cost 7.50, children 5.50, concessions 6.00, and a family ticket is 22.00 (for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).

Norwich Evening News Carol Concert

St Peter Mancroft, The Fourm, Norwich

Wednesday December 12, doors at 6pm, service starts at 7pm.

Get in to the Christmas spirit whilst raising money for the Mancroft Advise Projecet, a charity who provide guidance to young people.

To buy tickets, visit or visit the Evening News office, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich or call 01603 772175.


Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich

December 18 until January 19

This years pantomime will star Graham Cole, PC Tony Stamp in The Bill, Nick Aldis of Gladiators fame, and the ever-popular panto dame Richard Gauntlett, who will also be writing and directing this years festive spectacular once again.

To book visit

Christingle Crafts

Norwich Cathedral

Sunday December 8, 1.30pm 3.30pm

Get in the festive mood by taking part in Christmas craft activities including decorating a large collage of an Angel, creating puppets of the Three Wise Men and making a Christingle to light during the service. The event is Free. Refreshments are provided.

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