We’ve done some digging, spoken with his elves and picked out some of the best spots in Sunderland to meet Santa Claus this Christmas…

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Lunch with Santa 

Roker Hotel 

Santa is landing his sleigh at Roker Hotel for a number of delicious lunches. Little ones and their families should book tickets to one of the three dates throughout December. Each child in attendance will receive a small gift and enjoy a delicious lunch in the beautifully dressed ballroom. For the kids, the magical menu is serving up a roast chicken dinner with all of the trimmings or vegetarian sausage and mash, finished with a delicious chocolate brownie and ice cream. For the adults, it’s a traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings or carrot wellington with a spiced marmalade, followed by a triple chocolate mousse served with chantilly cream. Delicious! 


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Breakfast with Santa 

Bridges Shopping Centre

Head along to the Bridges this December for a magical morning with Father Christmas. Santa, his elves and their North Pole energy will be greeting families for a fun-filled festive occasion. Children will receive a delicious cooked breakfast with milk or juice and adults can tuck into a breakfast sandwich and hot drink. Delicious breakfast goods aside, there will also be an opportunity for little artists to get crafty with the elves and enjoy a festive story with the big man in red. The best part? (Aside from meeting Santa of course!) At the end of the event, children will take home a ‘Letter to Santa Pack’ full of festive fun activities. 4, 11 and 18 December are the dates for your diary!

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Santa’s Take Away Grotto 

The Palm

Yep, you guessed it! Santa heard just how good The Palm was and just had to stop by with some of his North Pole pals. Swing by with your little people from 19 to 24 December for a whole load of festive fun for the whole family. Mini portions of delicious food and meet and greets with their favourite festive characters… What’s not to love? Prices for Santa’s Take Away Grotto start at £9.95. To book or for more information, get in touch with the brilliant team at [email protected]


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Lunch with Santa


Lunch at Prego just got a whole load better… who knew that was even possible? From Saturday 17 to Friday 24 December, Wearside folk can reserve a table at this Italian fusion eatery for a festive lunch for the whole family. Children under the age of 12 are invited for a mini Christmas lunch with a special visit from Santa. For just £6.95 per child, mini diners can tuck into a tasty dish from the main kids menu, paired with a Fruitshoot and finished with a yummy sweet treat. While little ones dine on the likes of mini margherita pizza, cherry tomato pasta, mac ‘n’ cheese, spaghetti bolognese, kids’ Prego burger, mini fish ‘n’ fries, proper chicken breast nuggets or mini salad bowl, grown ups can fill their tums with the good stuff from the main menu. Book now, secure your space and get ready to have fun with Santa!


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Santa Story Time

George Washington Hotel

A sprinkling of Christmas joy is taking place at George Washington Hotel this December. Little ones and their families looking to embrace the festive season can settle in for a magical storytime with Santa himself. Adults can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea whilst little ones will receive a fun food box of their choice as well as a gift from Santa and a memory making photo opportunity. 


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Santa’s Grotto

Rainton Arena 

Ho, ho, ho! Santa is back! This year, families can once again meet the big man himself with a trip to Rainton Arena’s magical Winter Wonderland. Within this Christmas extravaganza, you will stumble upon Santa’s warm and welcoming grotto. Step into a world of delight, where children and parents alike will be awestruck by the magical experience that awaits. Now, we’ve spoken with his elves and Santa has very kindly taken some time out of his busy schedule to meet good girls and boys from 19 November until 24 December. This Santa meet and greet will put smiles on the faces of the whole family and will even see little ones leave with a special gift ahead of the big day. There’s no place like Rainton Arena at Christmas.


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