A CITY shopper bagged a top prize – just in time for Christmas.
Panto prince Matt Lapinskas, who shot to fame in Eastenders, was on hand to draw the final winner of the Advent Door contest.
As part of the initiative, the contest travelled around the city giving shoppers the chance to win daily prizes.
Shoppers could choose a key and try to open the pop-up door, with the correct key revealing a prize that could be anything from Christmas hampers to a Swarovski bracelet.
The final winner on Christmas Eve was Claire Richardson, who scooped £1,500 worth of holiday vouchers.
Run by Experience It Here! Sunderland’s Business Improvement District, working with Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Live, the contest has been taking place throughout the festive period.
Ken Dunbar, chief executive of the Sunderland BID, said, “The Advent Door has been a huge success.
“The prize draw was the icing on the cake. Not only has the initiative helped shoppers to celebrate the festive season, it has also made Sunderland a must-visit venue throughout December, which is great for our local businesses.”