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Father Christmas will have special presents for young visitors at Holkham Hall
Father Christmas will have special presents for young visitors at Holkham Hall
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With the big day fast approaching, Holkham Hall, on the north Norfolk coast, has Christmas gift wrapped for the whole family.

And a special highlight is “An Audience with Father Christmas” as he stops off during his busy schedule to entertain children in the Saloon.

It’s a chance to listen to tales of wonderment and to meet Father and Mother Christmas and their band of cheeky elves whose infectious Christmas spirit will welcome one and all.

And of course, Father Christmas will have a special present for all younger visitors to add to the excitement. Tickets also include a glass of Prosecco or a soft drink plus a festive biscuit and the chance to browse Holkham’s Christmas pop-up shop in the Old Kitchen.

This festival special starts today, continues over the weekend and will end on Monday.

The performances will last approximately 50 minutes and are held daily at 9.30am, 10.45am, 12 noon, 3.15pm and 4.30pm.

Children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum two adults per child), while adults must be accompanied by a child.

Booking is only available online and for further details and to buy tickets you should visit www.holkham.co.uk

A traditional carol service will be held at St Withburga’s Church on Sunday at 11.30am, followed by refreshments, while a Christmas Day service at 10.30am will take place in Holkham Hall Chapel; all are welcome at both services.

Oxburgh Hall’s festivities on Saturday and Sunday include a chance to experience a traditional Bedingfeld family Christmas as it would have been held 100 years ago.

Children can also visit Father Christmas in his grotto and let him know their Christmas wishes this weekend from 11am-4pm both days.

There is the normal admission to the House and Gardens, and then a charge of £5 per child (includes a gift) to see Santa; tickets are sold on the day - a timed ticket entry with last ticket sold at 3.30pm.

You can also listen to the Oxburgh Hall Choir perform Christmas carols in the Chapel – from 12.30-1pm and again 2.30-3pm on both days.