Christmas shopping at the Bridges is back with a bang and is better than ever before! With a festive programme bursting with awesome activities, fantastic deals and gorgeous gifts, festive shopping in Sunderland has never been so exciting!

Late night shopping

Has Christmas shopping fallen to the bottom of your to-do list again? Worry not – the Bridges has you covered with late night shopping hours! Over 80 amazing high-street retailers will help you on your way as you browse through the latest winter collections from the likes of Topshop, River Island and Primark.

Don’t forget to check out this season’s must-have beauty buys at Lush, or treat someone special to fabulous scents from Debenham’s amazing fragrance range.

Get super cool footwear at JD, pick up roll after roll of wrapping paper at Clintons and find glorious gifts aplenty at Flying Tiger!

The centre will be open for Christmas shoppers until 8pm on weekdays from 9 December – meaning you’ve got plenty of time to gather gifts for loved ones.

Don’t forget the city’s free festive parking initiative from 5.30pm until 9pm.


VIP business shopping night
5 December 

Add a little sparkle to your seasonal shopping spree with the Bridges’ VIP Business Shopping Night!

The centre will be rolling out the red carpet for hard- working business employees around Wearside for an exclusive evening of glitz, glamour and shopping!

Working alongside Sunderland BID, the Bridges have released details of what their A-list guests can expect and the perks sound amazing! Sip on festive fizz as you search through the rails, and enjoy live entertainment from local dance groups and singers.

There’ll also be exclusive discounts and deals from a range of retailers! Head over to for more information!

Dashing through the bridges
8 December

On your marks, get set… snow!

Spread festive cheer for charity this

Christmas as The Reindeer Dash whistles into the shopping centre!

This fantastic event brought to you by the Bridges and Sunderland BID, encourages little ones to dash and dance around the shops this Christmas!

What’s more? Those who take part are invited to meet with Father Christmas afterwards!

A fab fun run for all the family – for a great cause, helping charities across Sunderland!

Remember to tag us in your pictures using the hashtag #SunderlandVibe!

Santa’s grotto
From 14 November

Wish list at the ready.

Santa’s Grotto returns to Sunderland! Stopping off at the Bridges to spread the joy of Christmas, make sure you take little ones to visit the man in the red jacket!

Be sure to tag us in your Santa pics online at #SunderlandVibe.


If you’ve missed this Christmas at the Bridges, don’t worry. We’ve got year round information on shopping in Sunderland.

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