Sunderland city centre ice rink to stay open until New Year's Eve

Sunderland's city centre skating rink is to remain open until New Year's Eve.
Sunderland's city centre skating rink is to remain open until New Year's Eve.
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Christmas is set to last a little longer in Sunderland city centre.

The Keel Square ice rink, part of the city's Frost Village, was due to close on Christmas Eve, but will now stay open until New Year's Eve.

The rink will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve as originally planned but will reopen until 8pm each day from December 27 to December 30 and until 10pm.on December 31, so visitors attending the city’s firework display on New Year’s Eve will also be able to enjoy early evening entertainment.

More than 5,000 people have already visited the ice rink, which has also seen traders reporting an increase in sales.

“We’re delighted to be able to keep the ice rink open until New Year’s Eve,” said Ken Dunbar of Sunderland BID which organised the Frost Village.

“The ice rink has been particularly successful and even the bad weather didn’t put people off from coming along and enjoying the city’s first ever Frost Village.

“Our special characters, The Frostlings, have also proven really popular with families and have brought their own special magic to the attractions.

“We’ve also had some very positive feedback from retailers in the city who have seen a real upsurge in trade.”

The BID’s social media campaign around the Frost Village has raised awareness to around 400,000 people across Facebook and Twitter.

“The Christmas programme has been a great success and we’re thrilled that the fun is able to continue for another week,” said Ken.