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For a bit of festive cheer, there’s nothing better than twinkling Christmas lights! Beautiful light displays are sure to get you in the mood for Christmas and are a great way to entertain the little ones in the run up to Christmas! So, if you’re wanting to go Christmas light hunting, check out our list of where to see the best Christmas lights in Norwich and Norfolk.
Tunnel of Light
The Tunnel of Light (presented in association with Phoenix Events) is a highlight in Norwich every Christmas. This stunning installation features over 57,000 LED lights, which create stunning moving patterns. It’s an ideal selfie spot, so grab a loved one or the family and get posing for a fantastic Christmas photo! The tunnel will be on Hay Hill until 5th January lighting up the dark winter days.
In 1121 one of the most powerful medieval kings, Henry I, used Norwich Castle as the venue for his Christmas court. This Christmas, 900 years later, Norwich Castle is adorned by beautiful 70ft projections telling the story of the royal Christmas visit, one of the few recorded visits to Norwich by an Anglo-Norman king. This medieval-styled projection is stunning and will definitely wow you! We recommend popping to Mysabar in Castle Gardens to grab some warming food and drink (all under cover in heated tents) before taking in the projections.
Jarrold on London Street isn’t just a great spot for shopping, it’s the perfect spot to take in some beautiful Christmas lights! With the building is embellished by Christmas trees and plenty of twinkling lights, you’ll be delighted by the beauty of Norwich’s favourite independent department store.
Pretty lights decorate the tops of the market stalls in Norwich, making it the perfect place to head to once the sun starts to go down. You’ll also get a view of the lit-up Forum and City Hall from the market too – making for a pretty great Christmas scene to take in. Stop by Sir Toby’s Beers for a warming cup of mulled wine or cider to enjoy.
Norwich City Centre
Simply take a stroll in Norwich City Centre and you’ll be sure to find glittering and gorgeous Christmas lights. Walking down Gentleman’s Walk, you’ll see trees lit up and shopping streets such as Lower Goat Lane and London Street featuring beautiful decorations. And don’t miss Norwich’s Georgian Assembly House on Theatre Street. Wherever you go in Norwich, you’ll get into the festive spirit in no time.
Houghton Hall has been transformed by an exhibition of contemporary British artist, Chris Levine, with 528 Hz Love Frequency. While this doesn’t strictly count as Christmas lights, this immersive LED and laser show is still a must-see this winter! The incredible works lighting up the night sky will brighten up your evening – and paired with some mulled wine from the café will surely get you feeling festive! On until the 23 December, with additional dates added on the 20, 21 and 22, we recommend getting your tickets now, so you don’t miss out. Tickets £18.
Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light
Take a trip through Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light to meet lots of fantasy land characters and discover enchanting light displays. Perfect for families looking for a magical day out, there’s also an outside bar, food, and vintage funfair (funfair rides not included in the price). Running until 28 December, there’s only a handful of tickets left so you’ll want to grab them while you can! £18 per person.
This quaint market town in North Norfolk is a great find for some Christmas shopping, with a range of antique and vintage shops to pop into, but it’s also lovely for a festive stroll. Make sure to see the lights decking out Byfords. This historic café, restaurant and B&B is the ideal place to stop and get a hot chocolate or perhaps a tasty meal before taking a stroll to admire the lights in the town.