The Best Christmas Markets and Lights in North Norfolk

The Best Christmas Markets and Lights in North Norfolk

Not only home to some of the best beaches in the region, North Norfolk also hosts the regions best Christmas markets and festive activities. From charming town centre shopping experiences to large scale Christmas events, each year North Norfolk is transformed into a festive shopping experience boasting numerous attractions and seasonal foods. Both locals and tourists enjoy the very best of Norfolk’s produce and festivities making these some of the most anticipated events every year.

Visit the local markets, get your last minute Christmas gifts, watch as the local towns light up the sky and snack on delicious foods before heading back to snuggle up with some hot chocolate. Our luxury North Norfolk holiday cottages are perfectly positioned to provide you with a luxurious and cosy place to stay in between taking winter walks, and getting involved in the Christmas spirit. If you would like to check the availability of our cottages, or you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

North Norfolk Christmas Markets

The Norfolk Festive Gift Show 

The Norfolk Festive Gift Show is one of the regions largest shopping experiences, complete with seasonal food and drink. Hosted at the Norfolk Showground the event is highly anticipated each year and tickets never stay available for long. Thousands of people both locals and tourists visit the show to purchase new products, gifts and find the very best artisan makers and creators in the area.

Sandringham Christmas Craft and Food Fair

Held in the beautiful surroundings of the Sandringham Estate, the Christmas Craft and Food Fair is a popular Christmas event with live music, crafts, food and gifts all on site. The famous Singing Santa will also be in attendance, entertaining children both young and old.

Winter Wonderland Norwich 

Held again at the Norfolk Showground, and running for the first time this year, Norwich is hosting its very own Winter Wonderland. Complete with market stalls, ice rinks, rollercoaster and plenty of delicious food, this is definitely one to visit in 2023.

Norfolk Artisan Christmas Fair 

Over 100 local food and gift stands will be ready at Fakenham Racecourse to show the very best of what Norfolk has to offer. The event is hosted by MJR, the company which also runs the Spring fair which is equally popular with visitors.

Pensthorpe Christmas Market

Another Fakenham based Christmas market for the list is Pensthorpe Christmas Market. Not only can you visit the 65 stalls on the day, but you can also escape the crowds by visiting Pensthorpe Natural Park and enjoying the winter sunshine together.

The Best Christmas Markets and Lights in North Norfolk
The Best Christmas Markets and Lights in North Norfolk

Norfolk Christmas Lights

Luminate Sandringham – Winter Light Trail

Take your family on a walk in the beautiful Sandringham Estate Royal Parkland and gaze upon the mesmerising light trail. Set to music the trail will be enjoyed by every member of the family and helps to get you in the festive spirit.

Norfolk Lights Express

Take a one of a kind train journey by travelling from Sheringham to Holt in the illuminated locomotives of the Norfolk Lights Express. Along the journey you will pass several lit characters which form part of the magical story which is narrated on board. This is a firm favourite for many local families and can given be seen lighting up the woodland in Holt from the Garden Terrace Café.

Wells Christmas Tide Festival

This two day festival sees the whole of Wells lit up in a magical lighting display as Santa Claus arrives by boat at the Quay. After his arrival he is visited by children in his grotto and the beach is lit up by a spectacular firework display.

Garden of Lights at Blickling Hall

Visit one of the stunning National Trust properties for an evening of festive sights and sounds. The gardens are covered in thousands of lights illuminating the Parterre and Orangery with colour and light. Walk through the gardens, enjoying the sights and sounds whilst eating delicious treats from the local food suppliers and stalls, this is an event that will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Burnham Market Christmas Market

The annual town light switch on is accompanied by a large selection of craft and food stalls that line the roads throughout the town. Complete with live entertainment, Burnham Market has one of the best town light switch on’s in the area with Norwich football player Darren Huckerby pressing the switch.

The Best Christmas Markets and Lights in North Norfolk
The Best Christmas Markets and Lights in North Norfolk

As you can see there is no shortage of Christmas events happening in North Norfolk, in fact, you may wish your diary was a little bigger. Immerse yourself it the season festivities this year with a visit to some of the best Christmas markets and lights and then relax and unwind in your cosy holiday cottage. For more information about our availability or for more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

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