This festive period, you don’t need to look any further than Norwich Market for the perfect Christmas – from gifts to lunch on the big day, and there’ll be little activities for children too.
Councillor Adam Giles, cabinet member with responsibility for Norwich Market said:
“Norwich Market is a special place all-year-round, but it has an extra sparkle at this time of year.
There really is something for everyone and if you are able to support these small local businesses we look forward to welcoming you there this Christmas-time.”
Josh Worley, chair of Norwich Market Traders Association and co-owner of Water + Earth said:
“Norwich Market is once again getting well into the festive spirit and hosting a number of events and activities in the lead-up to Christmas for everyone to take part in.
For us traders, setting up Santa's Grotto, and the many events taking part within it, is our way of giving a little something back to the families who support our incredibly diverse group of independent traders, and help make our historic market the place to shop for ethical, thoughtful and locally-sourced gifts this Christmas.”
Extra festive fun – activities especially for younger customers
Traders have worked together with the markets’ team to host a number of activities to keep little ones amused while you grab what you need from Norwich Market.
Thursday 17 November – The city will attract thousands of extra visitors turning out for the Christmas Switch on. Norwich Market’s lights will be switched on that day and many stalls will be open late that evening to keep you in tea-time treats or some late-night shopping to start grabbing your gifts.
Stall 132 will be the venue for Saturday activities from 11am to 3pm, as follows:
Saturday 26 November – Father Christmas will be at the stall where little ones can say hello, get a small gift and post their letters.
The first hour from 11am to midday will be a quiet hour for children who would prefer to visit Santa at a quieter and calmer time.
Saturday 3 December – Bring the kids for festive face-painting.
Saturday 10 December – the lovely people from And Eat it and Cuppie Hut will have baked cookies for little ones to decorate
Saturday 17 December – Father Christmas makes a return.
The grotto (on stall 132) will be opened daily from 1 December to post letters and will also feature a selfie-booth.
What to buy…
There are too many stalls and fantastic products to list them all, but here are just some of the Christmas highlights.
From gourmet gifts for the foodies in your life…
Birchley’s has the most amazing tea advent calendars and The Little Red Roaster can cater to the tastes of any coffee lover. Sir Toby’s Beers and Substrata are the place to find new favourite tipples, and Churros for the People to sample Spanish delicacies. Don’t forget Trev’s Sweets and Treats for those with a sweet tooth. Even your furry family members are taken care with a visit to Joe’s Pets.
…To the eco-conscious
You can pick up sustainable, earth-friendly beauty products from Water + Earth and if you’re looking for pre-loved and vintage items, you are sure to find a steal from Lovering and Co, Taxi vintage clothing, No-one Famous and Supply. Give tired items a new lease of life or get those favourite trousers taken up or in at PDP and Shoes and Keys. Be sure to check out new kid on the block The Upcycle Workshop, specialising in jewellery.
Getting you and the house ready for party season…
From haircuts to weaves and eyelash extensions – Downtown Cuts, Kojak’s, ZB Hair and Mama B’s Brows have got you covered.
Get your home ready to greet your guests with seasonal centre-pieces, wreaths and garlands from Cary’s and Pond’s Flowers, or stunning succulents from Planted.
Don’t forget Mick’s Foam Stall and Norwich Electrical Stores for the DIY jobs you know need doing, or The Haberdashery and The Yarn and Craft Store for your Christmas craft supplies.
Give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle…
When you need a break from all the browsing and buying, why not let someone else take care of lunch? The hardest bit will be what to pick – traditional fish and chips, spuds, bangers, bacon butties pies and peas, or Mediterranean meals to a taste of Asia, and so much more!
What to serve on the big day…
For the freshest seasonal fayre – fruit and veg, cheeses, game, seafood and sweet treats – you’ll be totally spoilt for choice.