Sunderland set to sparkle with Christmas light switch on tonight

A woman in a protective mask near Christmas lights.
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Sunderland city centre is set to sparkle when the Christmas Lights Switch On takes place tonight (18 November) at Keel Square.

The event could not go ahead in 2020 because of the Covid pandemic. This year, the council is urging people to celebrate but continue to take precaution.

TV personality and star of Sunderland Empire's 2021 pantomime, Su Pollard, will join the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Harry Trueman, to officially kick off the festivities.The display this year reflects the city's history and heritage. There will be entertainment from carol singers, Grangetown Primary School, a Salvation Army Band, and more along with a funfair and food stalls on Crowtree Road.

Members of the public planning to attend are advised to take precautions such as wearing a face covering, adhering to social distancing where possible and taking a lateral flow test before visiting, to keep themselves and others safe.