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Thursford Christmas Spectacular variety show near Fakenham celebrates 45th anniversary in 2022 running from November 8 to December 23

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular, a glittering rhinestone and tinsel-packed show which takes place in the tiny village near Fakenham, celebrates its 45th anniversary this year.

The annual family-run variety show is running from November 8 to December 23. Since opening its doors in 1977, it has entertained over six million visitors of all ages from across the globe and become one of Europe’s biggest and most lavish Christmas shows.

With a cast of 120 dancers, singers, musicians and speciality acts and hosted by comedian, Kev Orkian, the Christmas Spectacular is an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music and variety – a fast-moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites including show-tunes, Christmas songs, classic Christmas Carols, Irish-dancing and the Can Can.

A chorus line at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular.
A chorus line at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

Speciality acts for 2022 include: Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Billy George on the Cyr Wheel, extraordinary hula-hoop artist Sylvia Pavone with her spinning hoops, bounce-juggling artist, Kelly Huesca and Ukrainian Hand Balancing act Vladislav Khvostik.

Nestled in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is part of the Thursford Collection.

Set amongst the world’s largest collection of steam engines, organs, wurlitzers and fairground rides, the Christmas spirit continues with Santa’s Magical Journey, an enchanted trip for kids and big kids through a festive fantasy land to meet Father Christmas and The Enchanted Journey of Light, a lantern light extravaganza with a breath-taking festival of luminous sculptures from a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole.

Thursford's Enchanted Journey of Light.
Thursford's Enchanted Journey of Light.

Visitors can also stop by the shopping village, home to the famous Christmas Shop and pantry; Thursford’s Garden Pavilion which transforms into a festive celebration of cafés, restaurant and bar serving up 35,000 mince pies, almost 19,000 mulled wines, and 24,000 tubs of ice cream each year.

The luxurious, award-winning bed and breakfast Holly Lodge is just a three-minute walk away.

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