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:

Grange Primary School and Benedict Biscop Church of England Academy both gave performances at the switch-on.

5. Another school choir pic - this time with glow sticks\!

Grange Primary School and Benedict Biscop Church of England Academy both gave performances at the switch-on.
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The Empire's pantomime stars are regularly a big part of the switch-on. This year  Richard McCourt of Dick and Dom fame and West End star Josh Andrews turned out ahead of the curtain going up on Peter Pan.

6. Sunderland Empire panto stars

The Empire's pantomime stars are regularly a big part of the switch-on. This year Richard McCourt of Dick and Dom fame and West End star Josh Andrews turned out ahead of the curtain going up on Peter Pan.
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Their families must be very proud.

7. Another choir one - they were just so great\!

Their families must be very proud.
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One of Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Lynda Scanlan's chosen charities for her time in office. Collectors were out braving the cold at the switch-on to raise funds to help children who need it. Well done to them, and to those who donated!

8. NSPCC fundraisers

One of Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Lynda Scanlan's chosen charities for her time in office. Collectors were out braving the cold at the switch-on to raise funds to help children who need it. Well done to them, and to those who donated!
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