Christmas at the Bridges


The festive season has arrived here at the Bridges, we’re a shop full of surprises for everyone!

Shop until 8pm every weeknight from 9-20 December with FREE parking from 5:30pm to 9pm in both the multi-story and rooftop car parks.

We’ve also got a calendar full of activities to run throughout the festive season, including a Reindeer Dash which is back for its second year, the VIP business shopping night and Santa’s Grotto!

Santa’s coming to town!

Visit Santa Claus and his elves from the 14th November to 24th December for a magical Christmas experience!

Grotto Opening Times

10am until 4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

10am until 7pm Thursdays

9am until 5pm Saturdays

11am until 5pm Sundays

Then from 9th December…

10am until 7pm Monday to Friday

9am until 5pm Saturdays

11am until 5pm Sundays

Admission: £2 per child (includes a visit with Santa and a present and 50p from each entry goes to Rotary SR1, which goes towards local charities and initiatives)

Gift Card Offer:

Yule not believe it– our £10 gift card offer is also back from 14 November – 20 December!  When you spend £100 during the late-night shopping hours, you’ll receive a £10 gift card! Ts & Cs apply.

VIP Business Shopping Night:

This Christmas, Sunderland employees are invited with a friend to join us for an evening of glitz and glamour as the exclusive VIP Business Shopping Night returns for 2019.

If you work for a Sunderland business, you’re eligible to attend the event- and from 4pm on Thursday 5th December, you can come to the Bridges and add a little sparkle to your seasonal shopping as you’re entertained by live music and some festive fizz whilst you browse.

On the evening you will also enjoy:

  • Exclusive discounts at your favourite brands!
  • FREE parking from 5:30pm – 9pm in both Bridges car parks (council car parks are FREE after 3pm)
  • Free pass to Santa’s Grotto, to be used before 23rd December
  • Free car park pass for a future visit

Reindeer Dash:

The little ones can become a reindeer for the day!

Join us for some festive fun on Sunday 8 December 2019 for a unique 1K* indoor family fun run and raise funds for local causes.

Children’s entry (12 and under) costs only £3 which includes reindeer nose and antlers, plus a fantastic reindeer medal and free entry to Santa’s Grotto.

And for all you adults young at heart, you can join the fun too. Enter the run for £5 and receive your own reindeer nose and antlers, whilst knowing your donation will help us raise as much money as possible for charity.

(Any child 5 or under must be accompanied by a paying adult on the course)

So what are you waiting for, take a dash, dance or prance around the Bridges this Christmas!

Sun FM Toy Appeal:

We’re delighted to announce we are a sponsor and drop-off point for Sun FM’s fantastic Toy Appeal and we ask you if you would consider buying an extra gift this Christmas.

Each year Wearside families and businesses donate so generously to Sun FM’s Toy Appeal.

With the help of the people of Sunderland, we are asking people all over the area to consider those less fortunate than themselves.

There will be children across the region who may wake up on Christmas morning to very little, or worse still nothing under the tree, so when you are Christmas shopping over the next few weeks, why not pick up an extra present or two.

All we ask if that the gifts you donate are brand new, unwrapped, and our wonderful friends from Sunderland’s Salvation Army will sort all the presents into age groups. Every present will be given to children and young people on Christmas Day.

You can drop off gifts at our customer services desk and with your help, we can give lots of children an enjoyable Christmas!

Drop off point: Customer Services Desk

Let the festivities begin from the Bridges 🙂


Gift Card Offer – (Get one of 500 £10 Gift Cards available when you spend £100 or more at the Bridges shops, restaurants and cafés, while stocks last! Offer open to persons aged 16+, subject to availability. Gift Cards can be redeemed Thursdays from 14th November, then from Mon–Fri from 10th to 20th December between 5:30 and 8pm or until all Gift Cards have been claimed – whichever is sooner. All qualifying purchases must be made on the same evening and Gift Cards must be claimed on the same evening as purchase(s). No photocopies or duplicates will be accepted. Only one Gift Card per person. The Bridges has the right to change or withdraw this campaign at any time. Please see for information)