Christmas 2016: 8 festive family events happening in Norwich this December

The Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter Mancroft Church. Katy Kent-Clarke, 6, enjoys one of the tree

The Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter Mancroft Church. Katy Kent-Clarke, 6, enjoys one of the trees. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

From a visit from the Coca-Cola Truck to Santa's Grotto for dogs, it's all happening in the fine city this Christmas. Here's a look at the family fun you simply can't miss out on:

Finn O'Shea, 85; Ethel Lowbridge, centre, 95; and Heather Moraz, 80, of Somerley Residential Home, p

Finn O'Shea, 85; Ethel Lowbridge, centre, 95; and Heather Moraz, 80, of Somerley Residential Home, place ornaments made by residents on the NorseCare tree for the St Peter Mancroft Christmas Tree Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

• Christmas Tree Festival, St Peter Mancroft Church

From Thursday, December 1 to Monday, December 5 St Peter Mancroft Church, the largest of the 31 medieval parish churches in Norwich will be celebrating the festive season with a selection of events, including a Christmas Tree Festival, where guests will have the chance to admire sponsored and decorated trees.

The Assembly House at Christmas.

The Assembly House at Christmas. - Credit: Archant

• Festive Afternoon Tea, The Assembly House

Each Sunday between December 4 and 18, The Assembly House in Norwich will be hosting festive afternoon teas, with different musical backdrops - one with jazz music, one with a ukulele orchestra and the other with pianist Anthony Isaacs. The tea will be held in the building's opulent music room and costs £25 per person, the price for which includes a glass of fizz on arrival.

Norwich's Bridewell Museum. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich's Bridewell Museum. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2012


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• Create Your Own Christmas Cracker, The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

On December 10 and 17, between 11am and 3pm, visitors are invited to join the Christmas festivities at the museum and browse their Christmas cracker collection, gaining inspiration before having a go at making their own.

Coca-Cola Christmas Truck

Coca-Cola Christmas Truck - Credit: Archant

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• Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour, The Forum

Holidays are coming! The iconic red truck will be visiting the fine city on Friday, December 9 when people will have the opportunity to take pictures with it as it lights up, wander through an enchanted wonderland and claim themselves a free can of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

Howard Read will be at the Christmas Comedy Club 4 Kids at Norwich Arts Centre this December.

Howard Read will be at the Christmas Comedy Club 4 Kids at Norwich Arts Centre this December. - Credit: Archant

• Comedy Club 4 Kids, Norwich Arts Centre

On Saturday, December 10 at 11am children are invited to head over to the Arts Centre for a funny, festive morning of jokes, tinsel tomfoolery and Santa doing stand-up. Attending will be host, Ternan Douieb, Howard Read of 'Little Howard' and CBBC fame and a special guest to be announced at a later date. Tickets are £7 per person, or £23 for a family of four.

Naima Tyler-Berry and Eleanor Richardson have a chance to meet Father Christmas in his toy workshop

Naima Tyler-Berry and Eleanor Richardson have a chance to meet Father Christmas in his toy workshop during their visit to the Strangers Hall Christmas event. Photo by Simon Finlay

• Festive Fun at Strangers' Hall

Visit Strangers' Hall, one of Norwich's oldest and most fascinating buildings, as it prepares for Christmas and experience Christmas traditions from the past. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Santa in his workshop on December 17 and December 21 and enjoy music, entertainment and Christmas crafts.

Santa Paws meeting Dora the spaniel from Dogs for Therapy at the dog themed event outside the Forum,

Santa Paws meeting Dora the spaniel from Dogs for Therapy at the dog themed event outside the Forum, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

• Santa's Grotto for Dogs, The Forum

Get your pooch involved in the festivities by taking him or her along to meet Santa Paws outside the Forum on Saturday, December 10 between 10am and 4pm. Visits are free and guests will have the chance to take a unique photo to share with friends and family. Canine fancy dress is encouraged as are donations to RSPCA Norfolk who are running the event.

Lady Emma Paine (Vera McLean) adjusts the decorations at Strangers Hall for "her" Stuart Christmas.

Lady Emma Paine (Vera McLean) adjusts the decorations at Strangers Hall for "her" Stuart Christmas. Photo: Simon Finlay - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

• After Hours Christmas Special: Tales of Christmas Past, Strangers' Hall

On the 14 and 21 December, Strangers' Hall will be running a special event where guests are invited to settle back in the medieval building, surrounded by Christmas finery, and listen to ghostly tales of the past, finishing the evening with a glass of punch and a mince pie. Story telling takes place at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm and booking is essential. Tickets are £8 per person.

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