We’re celebrating the most wonderful time of year with a rundown of the best festive traditions that make Christmas time in Sunderland so special. From festive sips in our city’s chic bars, to ice skating fun over at Keel Square, take a look at our top picks…

Have a laugh

The festive season wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Sunderland Empire Theatre for an evening of laughs at the panto! This year, Gogglebox and I’m a Celeb star, Scarlett Moffatt, is taking to the stage as the magical Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. Make sure you book your tickets now to secure the best seats.


Top tipples

From cosy watering holes such as The Ivy House, to luxurious cocktail bars like Vesta Tilley’s, there’s no shortage of cool tipple spots in Sunderland to help you get in the Christmas spirit.

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Ice rink adventures

Get your skates on and get down to Keel Square for some ice skating fun. Show off your skills now until January 5 – the perfect festive activity for all ages!


See the light

One of Sunderland’s best-loved events, Festival of Light, is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever. Expect brand new lighting installations, live music and interactive street characters. Just remember to wrap up warm!


Festive footy 

It may be freezing in the stands, but supporting the lads during the busy Christmas period is a great way to spread some festive cheer! Grab your scarves and gloves and head over to Stadium of Light for some festive footy action.


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