Steeped in history, this vibrant city offers a mixture of traditional and modern festivity for all the family with a wide range of shops, restaurants and events to suit all ages. Here are five festive ideas for family fun in Norwich this Christmas:
Jarrolds Christmas Lights (image source: Michael Button via Flickr Creative Commons)It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to Santa’s Grotto, so make sure your children have their wish lists ready before Father Christmas leaves on his world tour on the 24th. Luckily, Santa has a few tricks up his sleeve and you can find him in a couple of magical locations around Norwich throughout this Christmas period. Both based around the city centre, head to Santa’s Workshop in Jarrolds department store or to Strangers’ Hall for a more traditional Christmas experience.
Take to the ice
Situated in the picturesque Norwich Castle Mall Gardens, this ice-staking rink is fun for all the family and is certain to get your little ones in the Christmas spirit. Take to the ice and let them show off their skating skills with Norwich’s medieval castle as a magical backdrop. If that isn’t enough, the giant snowman bouncy castle will certainly add to the festive fun. With a family ticket costing just £28, this is the perfect winter activity for all the family. Find out more here.
He’s behind you!
Nothing says Christmas quite like a trip to the pantomime, so be sure the whole family have practised their loudest boos and cheers as Snow White comes to the Norwich Theatre Royal this festive season. Running from the 15th December, this traditional pantomime is full of laughs, special effects, and surprises that are sure to dazzle your little ones. To book tickets and find out more click here.
Royal Arcade at Christmas (image source: Michael Button via Flickr Creative Commons)When you’re in need of a little pit stop from all the festivities, Jamie’s Italian Norwich offers the perfect relaxed atmosphere for a family meal. The award-winning kids’ menu will go down a treat with the little ones and features a variety of healthy, delicious dishes that children will love. Situated in the city centre Royal Arcade, this historic shopping arcade goes all out on the Christmas decorations to add to that festive feeling.
Christmas puppet workshop
Let your kids get creative and conjure up their very own Christmas characters at the Norwich Puppet Theatre. Puppet making classes are running throughout December, and after your little one’s imagination has run wild, they’ll have their amazing puppet to take home to perform for the family! Suitable for ages 5+, you can find out more information and book here.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, so be sure to make the most of Norwich and all its festivities with the family this Christmas.