With the countdown to Christmas now on, a local bus operator is reminding shoppers to take advantage of the express bus service between Sunderland and Newcastle and enjoy the festive fun on offer in both cities.
To get in the yuletide mood for the forthcoming seasonal celebrations, passengers can enjoy speedy travel on the X24 express service from Stagecoach North East every half hour from Monday to Saturday until 7.24pm from Fawcett Street in Sunderland and 8.10pm at Pilgrim Street in Newcastle.
Additionally, until 23rd December, the X24 has a service on Sunday, bringing extra spending opportunities and yuletide treats for the whole family. Running every 30 minutes, the Sunday buses start from 10.07am in Sunderland until 5.25pm in Newcastle.
As the Christmas season gets underway, customers can make most of late night retail and leisure facilities in Sunderland at The Bridges, enjoy the famous Sunderland Christmas Lights, and experience Hadrian’s Tipi.
In Newcastle, the NE1 Christmas programme offers a wide variety of exciting events, including street theatre, a festive fairground, Search for a Santa trail, Santa’s friends and petting zoo, and the 24 Door of Christmas, as well as all the usual shopping, eating and leisure facilities and of course, Fenwick’s Christmas window.
Families can also catch up with Stagecoach’s very own Santa as he brings his festive cheer to Grainger Street from 17th to 21st Dec, when he opens his Grotto on board a Stagecoach Christmas bus to raise money for the Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund and Northumbria Blood Bikes.
Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said: “With less than a month to the big day, customers can take the hassle of out of driving and parking and enjoy a day out with the cheaper and more convenient X24 express service. With a fantastic range of stores and events, Sunderland and Newcastle really do offer amazing Christmas experiences, and the chance to relax for a spot of lunch, and our customers can avoid the stress of the extra traffic and enjoy the build up to the festive season.”