Christmas in Norwich
Norwich city's Christmas lights looked more spectacular than ever in 2013 with the inaugural festive theme; NORWICHRISTMAS - Star of the East. As well as modern filigree star-ball suspensions and cool blue up lighters in trees across the city, the illuminations complemented by garlands of shimmering rays draped across some of the main shopping streets and winding narrow alleys of Norwich. For Christmas 2014, the scheme will be extended to include more of the city.
With Norwich proudly boasting the largest medieval street pattern in Europe and over 1000 years of history, the new lighting scheme amplified the beauty of its heritage buildings and architecture.
At City Hall, drama and theatre included spotlights of colour including art deco brick columns wrapped in hundreds of tiny bulbs sparkling gloriously in silver and gold. City Hall Tower, standing proudly overlooking the 11th Century Castle, 15th Century Guildhall and the 900 year old market place was grandly crowned with yet more seductive Christmas splendour.
Not only did Norwich bask in a radiant glow, the city also played host to a grand selection of Christmas and winter food markets, evoking music, colourful performance, family entertainment and Christmassy delights including great places to see Father Christmas!
Shoppers were treated too, shopping for gifts, present ideas and party outfits was an enjoyable experience. Intu Chapelfield, Castle Mall, John Lewis and Jarrold all hosted live seasonal music, themed shopping days, tastings, sampling and stylish fashion fixes from all the popular brands and labels, throughout the run up to Christmas.
Great places to discover independent stores and quirky shops including vintage and contemporary fashion, lifestyle, art, books and antiques is in the picturesque and historical areas of the Norwich Lanes, the Cathedral Quarter and Timberhill.
Across the city at Christmas, the streets of Norwich are full of pavement cafes, coffee houses, restaurants and real ale pubs tempting diners with delicious local produce food and drink not forgetting of course all the high street favourites as well as pop-up food stalls and markets.