New Year's Eve celebration

Come to Sunderland’s award winning seafront and celebrate the New Year with a bang, a whizz and a pop as a breathtaking firework spectacular finishes off an evening of fire-lit family fun.

An early evening event, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, will see Cliffe Park, Seaburn play host to awe-inspiring fire acts, children’s fairground rides and a range of delicious catering delights.

The fiery fun will run from 4.30 to 6pm on Thursday 31 December 2015.  

The events are delivered by Sunderland Live on behalf of Sunderland City Council.

Christmas Ice Rink

Get your skates on and head down to Keel Square for a real ice experience.

Kicking off with a gala event on Thursday 30 November where professional solo skaters Gary Beacom and Lisa Brewin will officially open the rink, the fun continues into the New Year with a  full programme of activities.

Christmas lights switch on

On screen singing starlet Chloe Castro is set to push the button to turn on Sunderland city centre’s Christmas lights alongside a host of other stars and entertainers.

The switch on event, in Keel Square, Sunderland city centre, kicks off at 5.00pm on Thursday November 17. The event is being hosted by Sun FM radio presenting duo Simon and Danii. Other entertainment includes performances by Hetton Lyons Primary School Choir, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School Choir and ‘Genfactor’ winner Chloe Robson.

All the fun of the fair

During Sunderland Illuminations old and young alike are enjoying all the fun of the fair at Cliffe Park and just a little further along the road at Ocean Park.

With its giant observation wheel and carousels Cliffe Park has attracted thousands and with the roller rink opening every day of half term it’s likely to attract even greater numbers.

Ocean Park fun fair has been open every day from 4pm to 10pm and on Friday and Saturday 30 and 31 October will be doing something a little special with a ‘Halloween Spooktacular’.

FabLab Christmas workshop

You may need to revise your diary!

This year in the FabLab, we will indulge you in the ultimate selfie opportunity or help bring you and your family together in a workshop activity that is both fun and engaging.

The good thing about holiday activities in the Lab is that you will LEARN something new, MAKE new friends and be able to SHARE your experiences with others.

The next FabLab Christmas workshop is Saturday 19 December.

Saturday 19 December


Cost: £20 per child

Washington Carnival

Parade 9.45-10am

Event runs from 10am -4pm

Lots to keep the family entertained all day!

  • Backworth Colliery Brass Band
  • Dance and theatre group performances
  • Petting farm
  • Face painting
  • Disney princesses, Paw Patrol and Minions characters.
  • Circus skills activities
  • Funfair
  • Vintage vehicles
  • Go karts
  • Bouncy castles
  • Sports activities
  • Local heritage groups

Sing-a-Long-a Frozen

A full screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along during the film. Introduced by a live host who will guide you through this interactive screening by showing you how to use your free prop bag, warm up your singing voices and teach you some dance moves with the help of the Singalonga Princesses.

Watch as we bring the film to life and help you experience this movie in a whole new light.  


Did you know?

2013 marked 21 years since Sunderland city status from HM The Queen, on 23rd March 1992.


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