Christmas in Sunderland

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Christmas Sponsors

Celebrate Christmas in Sunderland 

Join us this winter and get ready for a jam-packed programme of activity as the festive season launches across Sunderland city centre on Thursday 21 November! 

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Christmas

Christmas Lights Switch On

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Christmas Lights Switch On

The annual switch on event, in Keel Square - Sunderland city centre, kicks off at 5:30pm on Thursday 21 November. 

Free parking is available after 3pm in St Mary's car park, and all other council owned city centre car parks.

Festival of Light

The Festival of Light is back for 2019 - with a new venue, new lights and new activities! 

Visitors will be welcomed to a Winter Wonderland in Mowbray Park every Thursday - Sunday from 21 November - 22 December. 

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Festival of Light

GET YOUR SKATES ON

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Ice Rink

Ready for a real 'ice' time this Christmas from 21 November - 5 January?

Then get your skates on and head down to Keel Square and our fabulous ice rink, there's plenty of fun to be had throughout the festive period! 

Hadrian's Tipi

The ever popular Hadrian's Tipi will be making its return in Sunderland on Thursday 21 November. 

Inside you'll find a warm log fire, cosy snug seating areas that welcome families, groups and dog owners alike, alongside a well stocked bar.

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Hadrian's Tipi

MORE FESTIVE ACTIVITY

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Reindeer Dash

Reindeer Dash

Join us for some festive fun at the Bridges shopping centre on Sunday 8 December 2019 for a unique 1K* indoor family fun run to raise valuable funds for a local charity.

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Cinderella

Cinderella Pantomime

You shall go to the ball this Christmas, with the spectacular Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes Cinderella at Sunderland Empire Theatre! 

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Festive Shopping

Festive shopping

On the build up to Christmas, expect extended opening hours, festive fashion and a special evening of exclusive business shopping offers.