Things to do in Sunderland between Christmas and New Year
Here's a look at things you can do in Sunderland if you're off work between Christmas and New Year.
Walk off some of the festive pounds with a bracing walk along Sunderland's seafront. Or perhaps add to them by stopping in for coffee and cake, or something more substantial, at one of the great businesses operating in the area.
Chase off the post-Christmas Day blues with a round of "oh no it is isn't, OH YES IT IS!" Tickets are still going for Peter Pan at the Sunderland Empire, but there is a wealth of other shows taking place around the North East.
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Christmas Day may be over, but here you can still live a festive dream with a log fire, cosy snug seating areas and hot and cold drinks. There's also a Winter Beer Garden and seven street food vendors.
The ice rink in Keel Square is open until Sunday January 6, though it is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and only open for pre-booked sessions on New Year's Eve and Christmas Eve.
Check out the exhibits and try some of the Christmas-themed crafts for young and old.
Blow off some cobwebs by climbing up to one of Sunderland's most famous landmarks, and taking in the view.
If you dabble in football but rarely go to a game, this could be your chance. Sunderland take on Bradford on Boxing Day with an expected League One record crowd, and Shrewsbury on Saturday 29. Tickets are still available for both.
One of Sunderland's most impressive attractions, WWT is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and can be an attractive antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Pretend you're on holiday somewhere tropical in the winter gardens, where you can spot dinosaurs hidden among the lush plants. In the museum, you can learn more about our city's history - or take the Neverland trail.
If your bank account isnt running on empty, or you have Christmas money to spend, now's the time to pick up a bargain and get something for yourself after weeks of gift shopping for others.