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Norwich Castle Festive Projections 

Two brand new projections have appeared on Norwich Castle this December. The Castle Projections appear all year round, but these new films will showcase the best of the season, bringing some festive magic to the centre of Norwich.

Specially commissioned, these new short films are designed to match the architecture of the castle, and capture many of Norwich’s well known icons: from the canaries to the City Hall lions. Funded by Norwich City Council, and Norfolk County Council, and created by Illuminos, the Norwich Castle Christmas Lightshow is a free attraction creating a bright new experience in the dark winter nights, running until 17 January. The projector itself is managed and funded by Norwich BID.

The first short film captures the 12 Days of Christmas, with a Norwich twist. Each traditional verse is reimagined with a Norwich or Norfolk angle: the four calling birds are—of course—canaries, the eight maids a-milking showcases the Maids Head Hotel, whilst the nine ladies dancing are ballerinas at Norwich Theatre Royal. The grand finale of 12 drummers drumming features Norwich’s famous Snap Dragon, who starred in city processions over hundreds of years.

The second short film will be screened in two parts. It tells the traditional story of how the robin got his redbreast, sharing the tale of the robin carrying light and heat to brighten a cold dark winter. Opening in the icy north, the little robin carries his burning holly branch across the ocean and forests to Norwich, where he travels through familiar streets, lighting up streets and windows. The robin is given a gift as a thank you – but we won’t discover what’s inside until after Christmas.

With many of the city’s shops extending opening hours to make the most of the Christmas trading, the Christmas Lightshow will provide a welcome attraction, and encourage dwell time in the city, providing residents another reason to come into Norwich, and stay for longer.

The castle projections are visible from many locations in Norwich, including the steps of City Hall, and Castle Meadow, allowing for social distancing. These stunning projections take a much-loved feature of our city skyline and transform it for Christmas, bringing a free festive experience suitable for all the family.

Find out more about the Norwich Castle Projections.