Christmas in Sunderland is being put on ice this year – as the city Frost Village returns with a programme full of activities.
Sunderland’s Business Improvement District has unveiled its plans for the festive season, which will include the return of the open air ice rink and winter markets.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy outdoor screenings of favourite movies, the Ha’Way in a Manger candlelit conga parade and music and dance sessions in Keel Square.
The programme will be launched on 24 November with the unveiling of the ice rink with special performances by professional skaters and will be open daily until Christmas Eve.
Training sessions will be on offer for people of all ages along with special dance sessions and parties, with the addition of the Merry Monk Bar selling hot Gluhwein for adults to enjoy.
The rink will also be available for group bookings throughout the festive period, with set times when it will also be available for private hire, for groups who want to organise a Christmas party with a difference.
Every Thursday to Sunday from 15 November right up until 23 December, Keel Square will also host a Christmas market, offering a range of unusual and unique products.
Ken Dunbar, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, said that all the stops had been pulled out to ensure the city centre enjoyed another spectacular Christmas in Sunderland.
“The Frost Village was a huge success last year and we’re hoping it will be even bigger and better this time around,” he said.
“We’ve got a full programme which we hope the people of Sunderland will enjoy and at the same time we believe this will also entice visitors into the city to see what we have to offer.
“Having built on last year’s feedback and adding even more events such as Christmas movies in Keel Square to the programme, we’re certain that this Christmas in Sunderland will be one to remember.”
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