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Festive shows in Norfolk

Thursford Christmas Spectacular
Thursford’s Christmas Spectacular has attracted over 5.4 million visitors to date and is the largest Christmas show in the country.

It is set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians – many of whom are West End performers. The three hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast-moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being performed alongside traditional carols.

Word of this amazing show has spread and it is now generally recognised as being the largest show of its kind in the country, if not Europe. Up to fifty coaches per day travel from all over the country and many of our patrons have visited year on year, turning the trip into a mini holiday staying in the county’s hotels, guest houses and holiday cottages. From November 6-December 23.

Norwich Theatre Royal – Aladdin
A mystical magic-carpet ride this Christmas for our popular family pantomime Aladdin. Steven Roberts (Hollyoaks, The History Boys) takes on the title role aiming to outwit the evil Abanazar, played by Emmerdale and Casualty star Rik Makarem.

Joining them will be Milkshake favourite Kiera-Nicole Brennan as the Genie, Theatre Royal panto stalwart Richard Gauntlett as Widow Twankey, and Norfolk-based comedy entertainer Ben Langley as Wishee-Washee, plus further casting to be announced.

Written and directed once again by Richard Gauntlett, the show is set in the Far East and promises dazzling costumes, a stunning set, mischievous fun, and entertainment for all the family. From December 12-January 13.

Cromer Pier Christmas Show
Following a record breaking year in 2017 The Cromer Pier Christmas Show returns for it's 14th year and is now considered to be one of the best family Christmas shows in Norfolk, strengthening the county's fantastic festive entertainment offering.

Featuring good old Norfolk boy, all-round entertainer and jolly nice chap Olly Day. Olly returns for his landmark tenth year. From November 24-December 30.

Gorleston Pavilion – Sleeping Beauty
Ohyesitiz Productions present the traditional family pantomime starring Helen McDermott. From December 5.

Great Yarmouth – Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus and Water Show
A fast moving alternative to the family visit to a pantomime, the amazing Water Spectacle at Great Yarmouth Hippdrome has all the Christmas spirit you need set in the unique atmosphere of the Edwardian Hippodrome. From December 8-January 6.

Great Yarmouth St George's Theatre – The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl, and her faithful yet cheeky dog Toto dream of leaving Aunty Em and having adventures in a far away place over the rainbow. Watch in amazement as they are carried away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. The show runs from December 15-30.

Hunstanton Princess Theatre – Snow White
“Mirror Mirror on the wall which is the best panto of them all?” Not to be dwarfed by 2017's panto, 2018's extravaganza really is set to be the fairest of them all. From December 1 to January 1.

King's Lynn Corn Exchange – Sleeping Beauty

The Princess is searching for happiness, Evil Carabosse is searching for revenge, Chester the Jester is searching for someone to laugh at his terrible jokes and Dame Nellie Night Nurse is searching for a man… in the two front rows! After scaling new heights with Jack and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty promises to be even bigger and better! It’s sure to leave audiences spellbound as you enjoy the great adventure of a very lengthy snooOOOOoooze! Don’t miss this little beauty of a panto that’s set to hit King's Lynn! From December 7-31.

Norwich Maddermarket – James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl's extraordinary adventure of a little boy and a GIANT peach! James lives with Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, the most revolting Aunts in England. They make him work and slave and never let him play with other children. Then one day he meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known.

When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen… David Wood is the foremost adapter of Roald Dahl's stories for the stage. His faithful, fun-filled versions are enjoyed by all ages. From December 15-31.

Sheringham Little Theatre – The Beauty & The Beast
After the hugely successful Wizard of Oz last year, the team return with their magical pantomime Beauty and the Beast. Packed full of modern songs, dances, hilarious characters, mayhem and stunning effects, join us as we take you on a special journey of enchantment in one of the best-loved fairy tales of all time. The perfect festive treat for all the family. From December 8-January 1.

There are many other festive events and shows going on such as a Festive Food Fair at Holkham Hall, Christmas at Banham Zoo and Pensthorpe and a Winter Festival at Great Yarmouth Market Place from November 20-December 23. Check out Visit Norfolk’s What’s On page for the latest details.