Christmas and Festive Activities in Holt

Christmas and Festive Activities in Holt

Each festive season North Norfolk lights up the sky with many different Christmas markets, village fayres, and late night shopping opportunities, and Holt is no different. The Georgian town is a popular destination for those looking for gifts, tasty seasonal treats and those wanting a charming Christmas experience. With a wide and varied shopping experience with artisanal makers and crafters selling their wares in the markets its a perfect place to find unique gifts for the special people in your life.

For those wishing for a winter breakaway, our luxury luxury North Norfolk holiday cottages are located just over 5 minutes from the town centre, perfect for attending all of the local Christmas events before heading back to snuggle up near the wood burners. Check our availability here and find the perfect place for your winter escape.

Holt Light Switch On

One of the main Christmas events that’s definitely not to be missed is the town light switch on. Unlike surrounding villages this is a festive event with a twist! The main attraction is seeing the town lights and Christmas tree turned on, however there is plenty more to do.

The event is held in November and festivities start from 5.30pm.

Starting in style with a range of entertainment, the most famed event for Holt takes place at 6.15pm. The Panto Race has become renowned for its comedy value as over fifteen panto horses race down the high street to take victory and the notorious Sowerbys Cup. Following the winners being crowned the parade begin at 6.30pm with the light switch on and fireworks beginning at 7pm. There is also live music in the town centre until 9pm.

Many of the local businesses stay open late for this event, providing visitors with a range of both independent and high-street shopping opportunities. There will also be plenty of food and drinks stalls to keep you merry through the celebrations. Popular with children and families of all ages, this is definitely one Christmas light switch on not to be missed.

Christmas and Festive Activities in Holt
Christmas and Festive Activities in Holt

Christmas at Holt Garden Centre

Helping both locals and visitors get in the festive spirit this year is our very own Holt Garden Centre. We are proud to offer a range of festive events providing both late night shopping opportunities and activities for the whole family.

Late Night Shopping

To help those complete their Christmas shopping and ensure everyone special in your life has something to open this Christmas morning, we are extending our opening times. The garden centre will be open for 3 late night shopping opportunities, during this time the centre will stay open until 8pm and will have in store offers, local food and drink tastings and our Garden Terrace Café will be serving the full menu.

Visit Father Christmas 

Creating memories with your children during Christmas is one of the best parts of this time of the year. Santa will be instore in his Grotto on certain weekends throughout December, check dates, times and book here. You can also join Santa and his elf for a very special breakfast on Saturday the 9th and the 16th of December.

Whilst in store we would highly recommend stopping for seasonal refreshments and latest menu specials at the Garden Terrace Café.

Christmas and Festive Activities in Holt
Christmas and Festive Activities in Holt

Christmas Markets

During November and December the weekly Sunday Holt markets are given a festive makeover. The market place and Star Plain remain closed to vehicles as over 40 different local crafters and suppliers provide you with a unique shopping experience. Also in attendance is 6 different street food traders to help satisfy your hunger as you browse the selection of wares. We would recommend pre booking your parking as the Christmas markets in particular are very popular and car parks get full quickly.

Other Local Festive Activities

Located just 15 minutes from the centre of Holt, Thursford is a great place for a visit. The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is a well known and loved show which is popular with both locals and tourists, so much so the tickets often sell out. The show runs from early November until the 23rd December, we recommend booking your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

There is also plenty of coastal walks to enjoy the weather and scenery, all within walking distance of pubs and restaurants to warm up and enjoy the local cuisine.

North Norfolk is full of Christmas events and activities to enjoy this season, look here for a list of our recommendations.

Holt is a beautiful market town offering a quintessential independent shopping experience this Christmas. Our holiday cottages are perfectly positioned just a few minutes from the town centre and provides you with a cosy and luxurious place for your seasonal adventures. For more information about our properties please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

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