Centre Management Offices,

Prince Bishops Shopping Centre

High Street, Durham, DH1 3UJ


0191 375 0416
0191 375 0417




MONDAY 9am - 5.30pm
TUESDAY 9am - 5.30pm
WEDNESDAY 9am - 5.30pm
THURSDAY 9am - 5.30pm
FRIDAY 9am - 5.30pm
SATURDAY 9am - 5.30pm

11am - 5.00pm



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Santa Claus is back in town!




Santa Claus is back in town! 

Santa and his elves return to Prince Bishops Shopping Centre this December and they've taken up residence in Santa's Lodge. Visiting times to see Santa Claus run from Saturday 30th November, and then every Fri, Sat & Sun in December, up to and including Mon 23rd & Tues 24th December. The full list of dates and times can be found below.


Visits to see Santa are FREE*, with children receiving a gift. *We will be welcoming donations on behalf of Treetops Children's Ward.



Santa Visiting Times

Visiting times to see Santa Claus in his lodge run from Saturday 30th November, and then every FridaySaturday & Sunday in December, up to and including Mon 23rd & Tues 24th December. The visiting time on all of these days is 10 am - 4 pm


November - Sat 30th   

December - Sun 1st  

December - Fri 6th, Sat 7th & Sun 8th 

December - Fri 13th, Sat 14th & Sun 15th 

December Fri 20th, Sat 21st & Sun 22nd 

December - Mon 23rd &Tues 24th (Christmas Eve until 3pm)


Admissions to meet Santa will operate on a 'take a ticket' queuing system. Simply take your ticket from the red ticket machine and enjoy some Christmas crafting with the kids (and our elves) whilst you wait, without having to worry about missing your turn. Just watch for your number on the screen...oh, and don't forget to ask Santa for a selfie! 






Christmas Craft Cabin 

Whilst your little elves are waiting to visit Santa, we've got a stockingful of Christmassy crafts for them to enjoy including Snowman Baubles, Tree Decorations and other Christmas Crafts. Kids craft activities run at the same times and days as Santa visiting times. 


Where is Santa's Lodge?

Santa's Lodge is located a few steps down the mall from our Saddler Street Entrance, opposite the Gift Company store and right next door to the Cooperative Bank. It looks amazing through the day and even more magical at night! 






Quiet Hours

For children who struggle in busy environments and require quieter, calmer surroundings, Sunday mornings between 10 am - 11 am will be our 'Shhh! Reindeer sleeping' quiet hours. 


This is where families can visit Santa outside of peak hours and see the lodge when it's not quite as busy. Santa's elves will be around to help children with craft activities, and Santa will be positioned outside of his lodge so children can choose how and when to approach him. 


December Sun 8th - 10am - 4pm 

December Sun 15th - 10am - 4pm

December Sun 22nd - 10am - 4pm 




Seasonal Adult Crafts in December

Grown-ups, we haven't forgotten about you! Enjoy a range of Christmas themed sessions and crafts taking place during the week at Prince Bishops throughout December. Don't spare the reindeer, book in quickly, as spaces will be limited! 


For full details, view our events page here, or see what's happening over on our Facebook page here.   

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