9 things that make Norwich magic at Christmas time
PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:46 11 December 2019
Archant Norfolk 2016
From the stunning Tunnel of Light to festive fun at the Norwich Theatre Royal panto, here are all the things that make the city magical at Christmas.
1. Be amazed at the Tunnel of Light
The Tunnel of Light has attracted visitors from across the UK to the city since it first launched in 2016.
The festive attraction runs from The Forum to Haymarket and boasts six miles of light strings and more than 50,000 LEDs.
2. Go through the Christmas tree machine
Wrap up for Christmas at Thorpe Plant Centre, on the outskirts of the city, and go through the netting machine in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Owner Paul Oxborrow decided to launch it for fun last year after requests from his staff and regular customers and the unique craze even featured on American TV and BBC's The One Show.
3. Keep the family entertained at the Norwich Theatre Royal panto
Panto season is here (oh yes it is!) and the Theatre Royal panto is a tradition for families across Norfolk.
This year's show is Cinderella, which runs from December 17 to January 19, and the cast includes soapstars David Witts as Prince Charming (Eastenders' Joey Branning), Amanda Henderson as an Ugly Sister (Casualty's Robyn Miller) and Joe Tracini as Buttons (Hollyoaks' Dennis Savage).
4. Try battered Brussels sprouts
Love them or hate them, Brussels sprouts are as much a part of Christmas as the Queen's Speech and Lucy's Fish and Chips on Norwich Market are battering them for the festive season.
If you really hate the little green balls, then they are also deep frying Mince Pies and Christmas pudding, served with Brandy cream.
5. Feel festive with Jarrold's Christmas window
Norwich department store Jarrold always goes the extra mile for Christmas and this year's entry doesn't disappoint.
Their 2019 window features a snowy village scene and frosted Christmas tree and is one of the many stunning shop fronts around the city.
6. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Norwich Market
In January, it was named the best outdoor market in Britain and it has been a bumper year with plenty of new businesses starting up there.
During the festive season, it is buzzing with activity and many of the stall holders put up decorations and play Christmas music.
7. Christmas dinner at Grosvenor Fish Bar
The award-winning Grosvenor Fish Bar, in the Norwich Lanes, has brought back their Christmas dinner with a twist by popular demand and it will be available until the first week of January.
The seasonal meal includes turkey sausage, chips, battered stuffing balls, gravy and cranberry sauce and costs £6.50.
8. Buy unique gifts at Christmas Markets
You are spoilt for choice in the city with Christmas markets and they are a great chance to buy from local makers and producers too.
Whilst many have already taken place, don't miss the Norwich Vegan Christmas Festival on December 22 at St Andrew's Hall (10am to 4pm, £2 entry with under 5s free) with plenty of plant-based goodies to enjoy.
9. Sing Christmas carols at Norwich Cathedral
Festivities run throughout December, including the Christmas Procession with carols on Sunday, December 22 at 6pm and Christmas Eve at 3.30pm.
Enjoy the story of Christmas told with carols and readings as the choir moves in procession through the whole Cathedral.