Christmas Shop at John Lewis Norwich

John Lewis vintage glass Christmas baubles

John Lewis vintage glass Christmas baubles

John Lewis Acrylic Santa Christmas Light

John Lewis Acrylic Santa Christmas Light

I happened to go into John Lewis, Norwich this morning and instantly felt Christmasy when I saw their Christmas shop was open.  My little girl loved looking at the all the lights, especially the Father Christmas lighted ornament and the Christmas Baubles.  They had a great Christmas Card and Wrapping Paper selection too, so much so I bought 4 packs of Christmas cards – yes, I appreciate that 2nd October is a little early for that but I may as I as well tick a few things off my list.  I have had a look at John Lewis on-line which is great for speedy click and collect but don’t forget to visit the store, to add some early Christmas sparkle this weekend.  If you should click and collect you get free parking too – not sure if this is national thing but worth checking out.

John Lewis Christmas Store Norwich 2015

 

 

 

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Santa’s Magical Journey and Thursford

One of the best things about Christmas if you have children is meeting Father Christmas.  That is until you have to queue for 2 hours with some very bored, very miserable children for a 3 minutes with Father Christmas and a very cheap toy at the end of it.  Last year, in order to avoid this and see the little darlings smiling broadly, I booked Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford.  As I said this was to avoid the queuing as you are given a start time for your magical Journey in which you can see Father Christmas and they do control the number of people visiting.  This was worth the admission price alone but I couldn’t have imagined how wonderful the journey would be.  You are transported into a kind of Santa’s workshop at Lapland experience with elves busy making toys and polar bears, Christmas Trees and lots of lots of lights and sparkle, before you meet Father Christmas himself.  It is certainly worth the price of admission and although the children’s tickets are £15.50 each, both my children received beautiful age appropriate wooden toys.

There is also a 4d Christmas film which the children really loved.

Definitely, one the children and the older children will enjoy alike.

Santa's Magical Journey at Thursford showing Santa's Grotto

Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford showing Santa’s Grotto

 

 

 

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Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Every year there is a really sleepy little bit of Norfolk that is transformed into a Magical Winter Wonderland.  Thursford is a small village that is lucky enough to house the Thursford collection.  The Thursford collection which consists of Organs, Steam Engines and Carousels is open all year round, however, at Christmas, Thursford manages to create the largest Christmas Show in the country.  Over 130 performers take part, many of which usually work in the West End for this 3 hour extravaganza.  It is difficult to compare this show to anything else, but I suppose it is most like a Christmas version of a Royal Variety Performance.  The shows start on the 11th November and runs up until 23rd December, so there is plenty opportunity to attend with many people returning year after year.  Often up to 50 coaches of people attend everyday from all the around the country to attend the shows.

Surely it is worth a look this Christmas but you had better book soon as many shows are booked months in advance.

Christmas Spectacular at Thursford

Christmas Spectacular at Thursford

 

 

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