SUNDERLAND’s the Bridges is turbo charging the festive spirit this year, with plans for a bumper Christmas.

Extended opening hours, pop-up retailers and the return of Santa’s Grotto are just some of the plans that are currently being lined up.

And it also means that shoppers can find more to enjoy than ever before, with a number of new shops having already taken up residence at the centre.

From December 13 right through until December 23, shops will be open each week day until 7pm, apart from Thursday when they will close at 8pm.

On Saturday December 18 the Bridges is also offering late night weekend shopping for the first time, with stores across the centre staying open until 7pm.

And the first hour of every Sunday has been designated a quiet hour, with no music so it’s a calm place for anyone who has children or adults which may have autism or other conditions which may need a less noisy environment.

The Bridges is welcoming back some of its temporary mall retailers such as Calendar Club and Personalised Gifts, which offer a range of present ideas for all ages.

Shoppers will also be able to try out new café, Meet and Eat at Market Square and technology repair shop, Galaxy Mobiles which opened recently.

The centre is also hoping shoppers will take advantage of the Bridges’ gift card, which allows recipients to choose something they really want from its retail outlets.

Karen Eve, Centre Director of the Bridges, said it was important for people to make up for last Christmas – but also to remain safe at the same time.

“Everyone really wants to make this year something special because of all the restrictions that were in place in 2020,” she said.

“So we’re really going all out to make a trip to the Bridges memorable. We’re thrilled that we’re able to bring back Santa’s Grotto this year, have extended our opening hours and are also welcoming some new retailers.

“It’s more important than ever before for people to also support their local retailers and we hope shoppers will do just that and make it a special and prosperous Christmas for everyone.”

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