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