What a great sight to see - who's feeling Christmassy?

10 of the best pictures from Sunderland's Christmas lights switch-on 2018

Let there be light!

Sunderland took on a festive glow as music, fireworks and light brightened up the end of a gloomy day and heralded in the countdown to Christmas. Here are 10 of our favourite pictures from Christmas lights switch-on:

They're always a highlight of the switch-on events every year, with pupils and staff turning out in their own time to take part. Well done everyone!

1. School choirs performed to the crowds at the switch-on

They're always a highlight of the switch-on events every year, with pupils and staff turning out in their own time to take part. Well done everyone!
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It was a grim day, but that didn't stop the folk of Sunderland turning out to see the lights switched on. We're made of sterner stuff.

2. The crowds were out despite the weather

It was a grim day, but that didn't stop the folk of Sunderland turning out to see the lights switched on. We're made of sterner stuff.
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The weather didn't dampen people's spirits

3. The show and lights put smiles on people's faces

The weather didn't dampen people's spirits
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She'll be headlining at the Metro Radio Arena the week before Christmas, and gave the crowds a treat at the switch-on

4. Channy Thompson performs a festive musical set

She'll be headlining at the Metro Radio Arena the week before Christmas, and gave the crowds a treat at the switch-on
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