Your guide to Christmas Markets across Norfolk and Suffolk
- Credit: Ian Carstairs
Inject some real festive spirit into your Christmas shopping with a whirl around the region's wonderful seasonal markets. Here is our guide to the best places for gifts and plenty of Christmas cheer!
December 6, 1pm-6pm, free admission,
Attleborough gets into the festive spirit with its lights switch-on and Christmas Carnival. Craft stalls, music and funfair rides with children's entertainers and, of course, Santa. Light switch-on at 4.15pm. Also Christmas Craft Extravaganza at the Connaught Hall on Station Road on December 9 (10am-3pm).
• Blickling Hall
December 5-6/12-13, 10.15am-5pm, normal admission prices, 01263 738030
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Marking the end of the 75th anniversary year Blickling's traditional Christmas market in the courtyard over two weekends takes us back to the glamour of the pre-war Christmas years. A special selection of gifts, festive smells and cooking, delicious food, singing and music. Be tempted by an array of exclusive gifts from jewellery and ceramics to cards and liqueurs.
December 6, 9am-3.30pm, free admission
Popular annual Christmas market in the streets. Up to 80 traders will be selling a wide selection of goods. Father Christmas will be meeting his young friends in his grotto. Seasonal music and food and drink for all tastes.
• Burnham Deepdale
December 4-6, 10am-4pm, free admission
Massive festive market with over 90 stalls in three marquees, plus at nearby St Mary's Church, with festive activities and entertainment throughout the weekend.
• Bury St Edmunds
November 26-29, Thurs 4pm-8pm/Fri-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm, free admission, 01284 764667.
Over the past decade Bury St Edmunds' Christmas Fayre has grown into one of the country's biggest. It opens from 4pm on November 26 with a children's parade and firework display. Over 300 festive stalls in nine different locations, plus live entertainment, traditional funfair. Meet reindeer in the Abbey Gardens, kids fun, plus music on two stages and carol services in the beautiful setting of St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
• Elveden Estate
November 21-22, 10am–5pm, free admission, 01842 890223, elveden.com
Hand-picked food stalls, offering local food from artisan producers. Also Elveden Christmas funfair, with Ferris wheel, helter skelter, swing boats and tea cups every weekend Nov 28-Dec 20.
• Flegg High School
Martham, November 21, 10am-3pm, admission free
Huge annual Christmas Market packed with lots of stalls selling festive crafts, gifts and goodies. There will be Christmas carols, refreshments served by the students.
• Great Yarmouth
November 20-22, 10am-9pm (Fri), 9am-4pm (Sat), 10am-4pm (Sun), admission free
Traditional festive entertainment at the extended Christmas craft and gifts market at Great Yarmouth Market Place and Yarmouth Minster. Snow-globe photo booth, meet characters from Frozen. Christmas Lights Switch-On (Fri, 6pm), and Real Ice Rink (Nov 20-24, £6, £4 children). School choirs with festive songs in the Minster on Friday and the special Norwegian Christmas Carol Concert by the Lardal Kantori Choir on Saturday (7.30pm, £8 adv, 01493 745828).
December 13, free admission, www.halesworth.net
The Thoroughfare will be lined with stalls plus crafts in the Old Printworks. Father Christmas will be in his grotto. Christmas light switch-on is on November 28 with live music, entertainment and more.
• Hellesdon High School
Middletons Lane, Hellesdon, November 21, 11am-3pm, admission free
Festive fun with over 30 stalls for original gift ideas, crafts and local produce. Seasonal refreshments available too.
November 29, am-3pm, 50p, children free, 01953 851428
Taditional Christmas fair now celebrating its 10th year with local crafters, trades-people and producers selling gifts, locally produced food and drink. The Silver Band and children's choir will be playing carols from 1pm.
Village Hall, near Gressenhall, November 21, 11am-3pm, free admission
Many stalls from craft, bric-a-brac, jewellery and many other festive things.
• Ludham, St Catherine's Church,
November 28, 10am-4pm, admission free, 01692 678060
Buy hand crafted items as inexpensive Christmas presents. Many craftsmen and women will be displaying and selling crafts suitable for Christmas presents. Christmas music played and sung by Ludham School Choir and the Benefice Band as well as a taste of panto from the Broadland Hams.
Coronation Hall, November 21, 10am-1pm, admission free
Mundesley & District Branch of the RBLWS open the doors of its renowned Christmas Fayre featuring decorations, presents and jewellery. Plus lots of festive food.
• Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
December 10, 4pm-8pm, free admission, free parking
Christmas Alpacas will be one of the main attractions at this year's Christmas Fayre at the N&N. Father Christmas will be in his grotto and a variety of stalls and purchase books, toys, gifts, clothes and jewellery. Seasonal food, with sweets from Norfolk Truffles and hot, roasted turkey baps. Performances from Busybodies Stage School, the NNUH choir, Scunsulata, Little Red Shoes and the Bellfolk Ringers.
• North Walsham
November 21, 10am-3pm, free admission, 01692 400080
The Christmas fayre at the Atrium focuses on local arts and crafts. Festive food, drink and crafts with live entertainment and music.
• Sandringham Park
November 20-22, 10am-6pm, £6.50 (£6 cons), £2 children, 01283 820660
This popular Christmas fair in Sandringham Park blends arts and crafts, regional food and drink, unusual gifts. Demonstrations, Firey Jack Show and Santa chainsaw carvers. Also twice daily performance of panto Beauty and the Beast (Sat-Sun).
Oddfellows Hall, , November 21-22, 10am-4pm, admission free
Unique gifts, arts and crafts at Christmas Fair that offers an ideal Christmas present buying opportunity, made by local crafters.
• West Winch
Village Hall, November 21, 10am-2pm, admission free, 01366 382311, downhammarket.cats.org.uk
Jewellery, cards and gifts, cakes, books, toys, Christmas decorations, candles etc.
December 13, 3pm-6pm, free
Wisbech Christmas Fayre attracts thousands with all things festive; from roasted chestnuts to real reindeer and live music from Rock Choir. Stalls with quality gifts, crafts and plenty of seasonal produce. Kids' rides and Santa.
• Woodforde's, Woodbastwick
December 5-6, 10am-4pm, admission free, 01603 720353
Christmas cheer as Woodforde's Norfolk Ales opens its doors on for a weekend of beer and wine tastings, brewery tours and Christmas gift inspiration from local food and drink producers. Sample the festive brew Tinsel Toes and its famous NOG Christmas puddings. Market stalls showcasing some of the region's finest produce.
December 5, 2pm-5pm, admission free,
This year Wymondham goes traditional. Father Christmas Grotto, a candlelit procession from the Abbey to the Market Place, live music, communal carol singing, stalls and the switching on of the Christmas lights. Learn about our 'Christmas' traditions: can you eat a mince pie in front of a ranting Puritan? Plus more surprises!