10 pictures which bring back happy memories of Christmas in the 1970s, 80s and 90s in Sunderland

With Sunderland gearing up for Christmas after the lights switch-on in, we look at festive seasons past in Sunderland.

Sunday, 25th November 2018, 5:15 pm
Updated Sunday, 25th November 2018, 5:40 pm
When Christmas had a special sparkle

Here's 10 pictures from Christmas in Sunderland in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Santa's Grotto at Sava Centre Savacentre Washington
Christmas decorations Mowbray Park, 1975

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A nativity play in December 1986
Binns Christmas Window display November 1984
Binns Toy Department October 1980
Children and Santa in Joplings Grotto, November 1994
Gateway Nursery School Christmas Concert, December 1973
Children's Hospital Christmas Party Xmas Party December 1974
Sunderland Boxing Day Dip December 1986
Tom Baker as Doctor Who joined Santa Claus making his to Joplings in John Street.on Saturday October 22 1977. Seen here outside Binns in Fawcett Street