What’s On in December

3 November 2023

What’s On in December

Just hear those sleigh bells ringing! With December soon upon us, this is your chance to plan your trips to Norwich & Norfolk and soak up all the festive cheer on offer. There’s so much happening this coming month, so get your diary out and start planning some festive fun! Read on for our recommendations!

And if you’re looking for even more Christmas days out, from meeting Santa to visiting some Christmas markets, be sure to check out our ‘Seven Things to do in Norwich this Christmas‘, ‘Family Christmas Attractions in Norwich & Norfolk‘, and ‘Christmas Markets in Norwich & Norfolk‘ blogs!


Sleeping Beauty Pantomime – Norwich Theatre

No Christmas is complete without a trip to the panto! And in Norwich, we’re lucky enough to have one of the best around. For this year’s panto, Norwich Theatre are showing Sleeping Beauty, with some changes from the traditional story we all know and love! Does true love’s kiss to wake the Princess have to come from the Prince? What is true love anyway? We’ll find out in this year’s show!

Whatever happens, this year’s panto is sure to be a great one, filled with festive cheer, and of course, plenty of laughs! Plus, there’s both evening, matinee, captioned and signed, audio described, and relaxed performances, so everyone can enjoy a ‘he’s behind you’ or two! Find out more and book your visit on the Norwich Theatre website!

Santa’s Grotto for Dogs – The Forum

If you love dogs, you’ll absolutely love this FREE special Christmas event making it’s return to The Forum. For one day only (Sunday, December 10, 11am – 3pm), bring out your beloved furred friend and come meet Santa Woof Woof in his special grotto! It’s the perfect way to get your four-legged family member involved in all the festive fun.

And you can even pose with Santa Woof Woof for a special family ‘pawtrait’ and help raise money for a great cause with the local RSPCA and Pets as Therapy charities! Obviously, festive fancy dress is highly encouraged, especially for your pooch! What better way to spend your Sunday than raising money for charity and getting a family photo to last a lifetime?

Sing-A-Long-A Muppet Christmas Carol

If you’re looking for something new this Christmas, look no further than the Sing-A-Long-A Muppet Christmas Carol at Norwich Arts Centre (Tuesday, December 19 – Wednesday, December 20, 8pm)! It’s a fantastic new spin on this iconic Christmas film. Expect amazing guest performers and join great laughter, redemption, and singing food! (in the film, unfortunately not in real life.)

And that’s not all, you can also expect a FREE goody bag, and FREE whiskey! Now that’s a good Christmas night out. Tickets for this show are available from £13 per person, with concessions tickets available from £9.50. Find out more about this cult classic evening and book your tickets on the Arts Centre website!

Christmas Services Aplenty – Norwich Cathedral

With 16 different services on just for Christmas, we absolutely have to mention Norwich Cathedral. There’s so much, that you could almost fill your entire month solely with these events! And trust us, they’re all just as magical and inspiring as each other. Some are ticketed, but some are open entry, so you can turn up spontaneously!

From the Candlelit Procession (Sunday, December 3, 6pm), a procession of carols and readings to begin Christmas, to Christmas with Norwich Cathedral Choir (Friday, December 15, 7:30pm), a feast of both sacred and secular festive music, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy here. We’d highly recommend visiting one this December, you won’t regret it! Find all of Norwich Cathedral’s wonderfully festive Christmas events on their website.


It’s not just Norwich where you can find heaps of Christmas fun. There’s plenty happening across Norfolk too! Here are our top recommendations.

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show  

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show will provide you with a night to remember. Especially since it’s part of the only full season end of pier show in the entire world! And with that, you can expect West End value, including a jaw-dropping 8-metre video wall delivering sensational special effects, dazzling costumes, laughs by the bucket load, thrilling acts, powerhouse vocals, spellbinding dance and more!

This year’s show runs from Saturday, November 25 – Saturday, December 30, with tickets available from just £15! Be quick and get your seat booked for this year’s show, its sure to be another sellout!

The Cromer Pier Show performers

The Cromer Pier Show

Thursford Christmas Spectacular 

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is a non-stop singing and dancing extravaganza – and it’s not one to miss this Christmas. At this wonderful show, you can expect music, humour and variety! It’s all part of the magic, and makes for a brilliant time.

And with a cast of 130 – this is the biggest Christmas show of its kind across Europe! The show runs until Saturday, December 23, with some days already sold out. So don’t delay – book your tickets now before its too late! Tickets are available from £43 per person. Get more details on the Thursford website!

Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2019 Mascarade

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Festive Express, Bure Valley Railway 

For a stunning festive experience, hop aboard the Festive Express stream train at Bure Valley Railway this December (running until Sunday, December 24)! On this journey, you can enjoy an hour-long experience from their Aylsham Station, including festive treats, a 30-minute steam train ride, and a visit to see Santa in his grotto to finish! Every child will even receive a personalised present from Santa himself, getting the magic of the festive season started early!

This festive experience is available on select dates throughout December, and tickets are available from £22 per person. Book your train ride now to save your spot!

The Festive Express at Bure Valley Railway

The Festive Express at Bure Valley Railway

And there you have it! Just a few of the fantastic events you can catch throughout Norwich & Norfolk this December. As always, if you’re looking for even more recommendations, be sure to give our ‘Seven Things to do in Norwich this Christmas‘, ‘Family Christmas Attractions in Norwich & Norfolk‘, and ‘Christmas Markets in Norwich & Norfolk‘ blogs a read!