The summer holidays are now a warm and distant memory for many; the kids are back at school and, with the advent of the John Lewis Christmas Advert, the nation is now collectively bracing itself for Christmas 2014.
For Sheringham, it’s largely business as usual. A handful of businesses close down or operate on a reduced timetable over the winter months, yet this tiny resort on the outstanding North Norfolk Coast remains open and busy throughout the winter months.
The clocks have gone back and it’s dark outside, yet your path through Sheringham will be lit up with the Christmas lights adorning the High Street. These will be officially switched on at 6.30pm on the 5th of December.
The North Norfolk Railway is one of the main attractions in Sheringham and it runs a couple of big ticket events over Christmas and New Year, starting with the Santa Specials.
This service runs between the 29th of November and the 24th December, taking children of all ages on an exciting steam train journey from Sheringham Station to Santa’s Grotto based at Weybourne Station. There will be fun and games during the journey and children will meet Santa Claus himself to collect their Christmas gift. Biscuits and juice will be provided for the younger travelers and the grown ups will be offered a mince pie and a glass of sherry.
From 26th December to the 1st January the service will continue to run as the Mince Pie Special; a great way to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery.
Your visit to Sheringham would not be complete without visiting The Little Theatre. This year the pantomime is Robin Hood; a traditional story with a unique twist. Directed by West End star Killian Donnelly and starring Russel Hicken as the traditional dame, Nanny Polly Ticks, this promises to be great fun!
If you are staying in Sheringham over Christmas you are welcome to join in the celebrations at one of the local churches:
St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Cromer Road
- Christingle Service on the 7th December at 4pm
- Christmas Tree Festival between the 11th and the 16th December
- Carols around the Trees on the 16th December at 7.30pm
- Carols & Readings at 10.30am & Candlelit Carols at 6.30pm, on the 21st December
- Midnight Communion at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve
- Christmas Praise at 10.00am on Christmas Day
For more details on services at St. Andrews, click here.
St. Peter’s Parish Church, Church Street
- 13th December: Brass Band Concert at 7.30pm
- 20th December: Christingle Service at 4.30pm
- 21st December: Nine Lessons & Carols at 6.30pm
- 24th December: Nativity Family Crib Service & Nativity Play
For more details on services at St. Peters, click here.
Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Cromer Road
- 24th December: Morning Mass of Christmas Eve at 9.00am
- 24th December: Carols at 11.30pm followed by Midnight Mass
- 25th December: Christmas Day Mass at 10.30am
For more details on services at St. Joseph’s, click here.
Lighthouse Community Church, Cromer Road
- 14th December: Christmas All-Age Celebration at 10.15am
- 21st December: Christmas Celebration with drama and carols at 4.00pm
- 25th December: Christmas Day Celebration at 10.15am
For more details on services at the Lighthouse Church, click here.
Salvation Army, Co-Op Street
- 14th December: Carol Concert at 3.30pm
- 21st December: Carol Service at 6.00pm
- 25th December: Christians Awake! at 7.00am around the town with the band
- 25th December: Christmas Day Service at 10.30am
We highly recommend the local pubs, cafes and restaurants, especially after a long coastal walk in the bracing winter breeze. There is nothing better than a warm Norfolk welcome, hot food and a roaring fire to get the circulation going again!
Please click here if you are interested in booking The Prairie for Christmas or New Year – ideal for a large family get together!