Christmas Family Adventures in North Norfolk

Christmas Family Adventures in North Norfolk 2023

North Norfolk has so many festive family adventures, here our some of our favourites for winter 2023.

Luminate Sandringham Winter Light Trail 11th November to 24th December 2023

Snuggle into your warmest jacket and muddy boots and head to Sandringham Estate for an enchanting, illuminated trail through the Royal Parkland. Discover woodland fairies, interactive light shows, sparkling disco balls and light play through the mile long journey and not forgetting a midway stop off for hot chocolate and toast your own marshmallows. Whilst not a traditional Christmas themed event, it’s the perfect atmospheric late afternoon treat to get all ages into the festive mood. Running from 11th November to 24th December with tickets from £13.25 it’s a popular event with both locals and visitors alike, run don’t walk to book your ticket! Only a 15 minute drive from your holiday home in Docking.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular 8th November to 23rd December 2023


It’s famous worldwide and oozing with Christmas charm, Thursford is the ultimate festive family adventure.    

Best experienced from dusk and perfect for all ages, you’ll be transported into a real-life Coca-cola advert on Santa’s Magical Journey.  Marvel at the giant teddies, see the elves busy at work in the toy factory and you’ll meet the Snowman’s family before venturing outside to the Lantern Light Extravaganza.  Outside is adorned with glowing sculptures, expect the traditional North Pole characters, and be surprised with a fantasy underwater world and magnificent jewelled jungle animals!  And at the end of it all there’s a magical meet and greet with Santa. Tickets start from £15 and advanced booking is a must. Less than half an hours drive from your holiday cottage in Docking.


For anyone above 8, all the bells and whistles of Christmas are collated into an eclectic fast paced Christmas Spectacular of singing, dancing, fun and laughter in abundance.  Take your seat and enjoy the 130-cast show, the largest Christmas of its kind in Europe.  Shows run from 8th November to 23rd December with tickets starting from £43, advanced booking is essential, after all it is famous for a reason.

Holkham Hall by Candlelight


Like something from a Dickens novel, a guided tour of Holkham Hall is the perfect friends and family festive adventure.  As featured on Channel 4’s ‘Christmas at Holkham’ the magnificent hall becomes a treasure trove of unique and opulent decorations, a feast for all the senses as you tour the different state rooms before heading to the Old Kitchen for mince pies and prosecco.  Twinkling candlelight and atmospheric music complete the sensory treat.  Running on 7th, 8th, 11th & 14th December with prices from £18 we recommend booking in advance. Less than half an hours drive from your luxury holiday home in Docking.