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Unless you're super organised you might not have got all your Christmas presents yet, and what with potential delivery problems looming with the Royal mail may be returning to actually buying things in person might be the way to go this year!

Last year I actually bought the majority of my extended families gifts at local craft fairs and Christmas events, which had the double advantage of providing truly unique and individual presents and reducing the operation down to one or two quite pleasant afternoons browsing!

Big Christmas events in Norfolk start early

Just driving around you'll probably have already seen large billboards for Christmas events coming up near you - the biggest ones, such as the Festive Gift and Food Show held at the Norfolk Showground and the Sandringham Christmas Fair, have already happened! (taking place on the 8th and 15th of November respectively)

You might still just have time to get to Holt Hall’s Christmas fair being held on the 23rd and 24th of November which, compared to those other two, has modest entrance fee of £3.50 and will feature over 60 stalls housed within the hall itself, which reportedly will be beautifully decorated with Holly and Ivy, and calm complete with a 15 foot Christmas tree and log fire!

Maybe put these in your diary for next year - but for those of us who aren't quite in the Christmas frame of mind until later in the month(or possibly until December!) There are still plenty of smaller events happening across the region.

Christmas fairs and events Still to come

The good news is that the smaller craft fairs and Christmas events tend to be free (entry to those bigger events starts at £7 per adult!) And, in my experience, they often have more charm and are packed with things you wouldn't find anywhere else.

(Not forgetting that there’s still time to book tickets for a christmas visit to Bressingham)

One of my favourites, which probably accounted for 60 or 70% of the gifts I bought, is the Bungay Christmas Market which is being held on the very civilised date of December 1st (that's a proper Christmas date - None of this November nonsense!)

They will have around 100 stalls selling surprising and reasonably priced handmade sweets, jams, pickles and all sorts of other truly unique items- it comes highly recommended.

Another one I'll be considering is Norwich cathedrals Christmas fair being held on December 6th if nothing else just to soak up the atmosphere other wonderful mediaeval building and truly get my Christmas Mojo on!

Here at Bressingham, as we’re right on the Norfolk/Suffolk border it seems wise to mention some of the equally amazing events going on in Suffolk leading up to Christmas too.

Fortunately the Visit Suffolk website has done all the hard work for us with their page listing some a range of events from the small but beautiful Clare Christmas Fair, to the impressive Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre that boasts 300 stalls!

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By Alastair Baker at 20 Nov 2019, 00:00 AM