The temperature may be dropping, but when it comes to exciting events things are heating up in Sunderland this December! From big Christmas parties to unmissable gigs, the city’s got it all going on.

Here are 10 things to look forward to in Sunderland This December…


Shader Live At Independent 



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Get your December off to a riotous start with fast rising Stoke indie rockers Shader as they roll through the Independent on their UK tour! 

Known for a combination of huge melodic guitar riffs, northern grooves and addictive arena-sized choruses, Shader have made a huge impact on the UK music scene this year with a string of hard hitting singles. 

Shader’s future classics like Blackholes and Runaway will undoubtedly get the Independent jumping, before they unleash some brand new tracks on what’s looking to be a sell out crowd!

Tickets are flying out for this one, so be sure to grab yours now via the link below!


Snow White Comes To Sunderland Empire




December can only mean one thing at Sunderland Empire – it’s panto season! 

Iconic actress and entertainer, Su Pollard leads the one of the most popular shows of the season as the Wicked Queen in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs from Friday 10 December 2021 – Sunday 2 January 2022.

A pantomime legend, Su has appeared in Pinocchio, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington, Babes In The Wood, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan and Cinderella. 

Su will join the North East Queen of Comedy, Miss Rory (Boulevard, aka Dan Cunningham) who will star as the hilarious Nurse Rorina, alongside South Shields comic hero Tom Whalley, as the sidesplitting Muddles the Jester.

Featuring a beautiful princess, a jealous Wicked Queen, seven bumbling dwarfs, a naughty nurse, a hilarious jester, and not forgetting a poisoned apple and a Magic Mirror, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is shaping up to be one of this year’s most in demand performances!


Ice Skating At Rainton Arena



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Get your skates on and zoom down to the Rainton Arena this December for a night on the ice!

The Houghton Le Spring venue is pulling out all the stops this festive season with a huge winter wonderland themed open air ice rink.

 It’s the perfect opportunity to get the family together and put your skating skills to the test… someone will definitely end up on their bum but that’s the fun of it!

Open to all abilities, with support polar bears available for the little ones, this staple winter activity is a must do this December!


The Voyd Live At The Independent



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If the sound of fast-paced, melodic indie anthems with big choruses fresh from the streets of Sunderland is your kinda’ music, then a trip over to Independent this December to see local lads, The Voyd, rock up a storm, is a must. 

Since bursting onto the scene, the boys fromSunderland have quickly rocketed to the forefront of Sunderland’s burgeoning music scene and have built a strong following thanks to their DIY attitude and riotous live shows.

Their first hometown headline show since 2019, you’d be a fool to miss a night consisting of euphoric sing-alongs and rip-roaring guitar licks from one of the North East’s brightest talents.


Martin Kemp Takes The Point Back To The 80’s



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Ex-Eastenders hardman and Spandau Ballet superstar Martin Kemp is stepping behind the wheels of steel and bringing his incredible one man show to The Point this December!

Lose yourself in music as Martin throws it back to the 80’s with a special Christmas edition of his extremely popular one man DJ show. 

If a night of grooving to dance floor filling 80’s bangers sounds like your kinda fun then get your best gear on, grab some tickets and get ready to have the time of your life courtesy of Martin’s epic set!


Footy Action At The Stadium Of Light 



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The mighty black cats have got a packed schedule this December as they see the year out with five home games at The Stadium Of Light to get your teeth stuck into.

Things kick off Wednesday 1 December with a Football League Trophy second round clash against Oldham Athletic, followed by three consecutive home league matches against Oxford United on Saturday 4, Morecambe on Tuesday 7, and Plymouth Argyle on Saturday 11. 

The final game of the year sees Sunderland AFC take on Sheffield Wednesday on Thursday 30th in what will no doubt be an unmissable battle between two of the leagues top scrappers!

Support the lads and grab your tickets to the final games of the year below.


Mica Paris Live At The Fire Station



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Our chums over at The Fire Station are quickly establishing themselves as Sunderland’s go to venue for awesome music and live performances coming to the city and they’ve certainly outdone themselves with this one!

On 15 December the queen of British soul herself, Mica Paris will grace The Fire Station stage for a very special one-off Christmas concert.

Armed with powerful songs from her latest album, Gospel, as well as years of hit singles to choose from, Mica will undoubtedly put on one hell of a show that any music fan simply can’t afford to miss!

Tickets are flying out for this one, so make sure you secure yours via the link below.

Cinema Magic At Empire 



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Nothing quite beats the magic of the cinema, especially when you’re escaping the brisk winter winds! The smell of the popcorn, the comfy red seats, the trailers, the treats, it all comes together to create an unmatchable movie experience.

This December, Sunderland’s Empire cinema has a multitude of drama-filled blockbusters and captivating family friendly adventures that’ll have you hooked from start to finish!

Star-studded Hollywood pictures like Ghostbusters: Afterlife, House Of Gucci and West Side Story are absolute must sees! For a festive family affair to get you right into the Christmas spirit there’s A Boy Called Christmas as well as a number of Crimbo classics running throughout December too!

For full times and listings hit the link below and get ready for some cinema magic.


Lucy Spraggan Live At The Point 



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The sensational Lucy Spraggan arrives at performing arts and culture venue, The Point, to celebrate her brilliant new album, Choices.

What is her sixth studio album has gone down a treat since its release earlier this year and has raked in praise from critics for its reflective and honest collection of tracks that depict themes of self-care, divorce and personal solace.

Tickets start from £19. Book yours now and be prepared to be taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride as Lucy and her trusty guitar rock the night away in what’s sure to be an incredible one-woman show…

Christmas In Sunderland



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Of course, Christmas is fast approaching and there’s so many more festive events happening in the city this month, so we’ve covered them all in our special ‘The Best Things To Do In Sunderland This Christmas’ article!

Click the link and see what Sunderland has in store for you this Christmas.

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