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Christmas & Winter in Norfolk

Christmas and Winter are a fabulous time to visit Norfolk, with the amazing natural world of the Winter Wildlife Safari, superb shopping in Norwich and our market towns, and delightful festive shows. It's a great time to go walking and cycling on Norfolk's coast and in the countryside. And this is where the Royal family spend their Christmas. Enough said.

Enjoy Christmas with the Royal family at Sandringham

Be like Her Majesty the Queen… and visit Norfolk for Christmas and New Year!

The Queen spends every festive period on the Sandringham estate, joined by her family. Of course, just around the corner, at Anmer Hall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live with their two young children – which means the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in line to the throne, as well as our monarch, are all here, so you couldn’t be in better company.

Sandringham itself isn't open while the Queen is in residence, but you can join the Royal family outside St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day, where they go traditionally for the 11 o'clock service.

 Winter things to do in Norfolk

Great Christmas and New Year shopping

Jarrolds department store, Norwich

Market towns are lit up with festive lights, and there's great Christmas and New Year shopping to be done, especially in Norwich, which has an eclectic mix of High Street, mall and independent stores.

Explore Norwich

Festive shows in Norfolk

Cromer Pier Christmas Show

There's lots to do in Norfolk, including pantos and festive shows, plus Norfolk has the country's largest Christmas Spectacular at Thursford and the country's only end-of-pier Christmas Show at Cromer.

Festive shows in Norfolk 

Wonderful wildlife in Norfolk

Grey seal pup

It's also a great time to see Norfolk's wildlife, from the migrating swans at Welney and geese at Norfolk Wildlife Trust and RSPB reserves on the north Norfolk coast, to the largest seal colony in England at Blakeney Point – take an exciting boat trip to see them.

Winter Wildlife Safari

Winter Wildlife top 10 

Great accommodation in Norfolk

Congham Hall, King's Lynn

There are great places to stay in Norfolk, whether country inns and boutique hotels, spas where you can pamper yourself, or self-catering cottages at the coast or in the countryside where the whole family can get together. Many cottages also take our four-legged friends… and they'll love Norfolk's huge beaches to run around on.

Where to stay in Norfolk