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:
5. Another school choir pic - this time with glow sticks\!
6. Sunderland Empire panto stars
7. Another choir one - they were just so great\!
8. NSPCC fundraisers