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Christmas at Gressenhall

Celebrate the festive season with Norfolk Museums

There’s a whole lot of festive fun on offer in Norfolk Museums this Christmas. From seasonal songs and costumed characters, to Father Christmas and family trails, there’s something to interest visitors of all ages.

Steve Miller, Norfolk County Council’s Assistant Director, Culture and Heritage, said: “If you’re looking for a pre-Christmas treat for the family or just fancy doing something different to escape the seasonal hustle and bustle, our museums have organised some lovely events.

“Christmas is a wonderful time to soak up the atmosphere at Strangers’ Hall in Norwich. You’ll see the Great Hall and period rooms decked out with traditional seasonal greenery and decorations; and younger visitors can meet Father Christmas too.

“We celebrate the season Victorian style at Lynn Museum and Gressenhall. Whilst the Ancient House in Thetford looks at Christmas 1939, in an event organised by the museum’s Teenage History Club and Norfolk Museums Service Teaching Museum trainees.”

Light It Up at Norwich Castle

Here are the full details of Christmas events in Norfolk museums.

Strangers’ Hall, Norwich

30 November; 7, 14, 20 and 21 December, 10am to 4pm

A Visit from Saint Nicholas – ‘Twas the night before Christmas

Meet Father Christmas then follow a trail of verses from Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem and find stories, crafts and entertaining characters along the way.

Search for the stockings hung by the chimney with care; see the splendid interiors decorated with period Christmas trees and festive foodstuffs; join in with Christmas preparations in the kitchen. Plus – period entertainment, Christmas crafts, storytelling and a chance to see Father Christmas’s sleigh parked in the coach house.

Visitors can book to visit Father Christmas only or enjoy more of the magic included with a visit to the museum.

£10 per child to meet Father Christmas (includes a gift and museum admission); £8 Father Christmas only. Adult £5.40; Conc. £5.15. Booking advised –

11 and 18 December, 2pm

Deck the Halls

Discover the origins of Christmas traditions on a special tour followed by seasonal refreshments in the Great Hall. Adults £8.50, conc. £7.95. Booking essential 01603 495897/493625

Norwich Castle

Saturday 14 and 21 December, 11am to 1pm

Voice Workshop: Songs of Winter

Sing songs of winter around the Christmas tree in the beautiful and atmospheric castle keep with Jon Baker, co-director of The Voice Project. No experience necessary. All music taught by ear from scratch. Suitable for adults and older children.

£10 per person. Booking essential, tel. 01603 493625/495636

21 December to 4 January, 10.30am to 3.30pm; excluding Sundays

Light it Up

Celebrate colour and light across the city with a sparkling array of activities, including twinkling tours of the collections, storytelling and more. Museum admission only.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

19 and 20 December, 10am to 2.30pm

Victorian Family Christmas

Join in with the pantomime, listen to ghost stories, make seasonal crafts and watch as traditional Christmas recipes are prepared on the kitchen range. With a complementary glass of mulled wine or spiced apple juice and a mince pie to get everyone in the Yuletide spirit.

£10 per person; discounts for Museums Pass holders. Booking essential at

Lynn Museum

Saturday 30 November, 10am to 1pm

A Victorian Christmas Mystery

Join us for a Christmas mystery, with handling activities, festive crafts and a chance to visit Father Christmas*. Admission free. Visit Father Christmas £1.50 (includes gift).

Ancient House, Thetford

29 November, 5 to 8pm

Christmas 1939

Step back to the first Christmas of the Second World War. Meet costumed characters, learn about wartime cooking, make Christmas gifts to take home and take part in a ‘whodunnit?’ mystery.

Plus Father Christmas grotto. Free admission. Visit Father Christmas, £1.50 (includes gift).

29 November to 21 December, 10am to 5pm

Twelve Days of Christmas family trail. Museum admission only. 50p per trail.

Time and Tide, Great Yarmouth

13 December, 5 to 8pm

Time and Tidings

An evening of festive songs, crafts and Christmas characters to welcome in the season. Plus, a chance to meet Father Christmas in the magically merry Rows!
Admission FREE. Meet Father Christmas £5 per child (includes gift).

For further information, opening times and admission

Santa at Strangers

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