Pop star Pixie Lott to switch on Sunderland's Christmas lights

Pixie Lott will perform at this year's Sunderland Christmas lights switch-on
Pixie Lott will perform at this year's Sunderland Christmas lights switch-on

Santa's elves will be joined by a Pixie for Sunderland's Christmas lights switch-on - in the form of pop princess Pixie Lott.

The star will be heading to the city and will be performing a number of her best loved songs as part of the official launch of Christmas on November 23.

Crowds at last year's Christmas lights switch-on

Crowds at last year's Christmas lights switch-on

The Mama Do singer, who was a judge on television’s The Voice and has appeared in a number of West End shows, will be taking to the stage at Keel Square where she will join Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight, for the switch on.

The performance – which will take place before the 6pm switch-on – is one of a whole host of events planned for the city’s Christmas festivities.

A range of community entertainment will begin from 4.30pm, supporting the NSPCC and its Light Up Christmas for Children Campaign.

The Sky Cinema Bus will also be in Keel Square throughout the day, showing a range of Disney short films for all the family.

Street food stalls will also be found at High Street West.

The evening coincides with the launch of arts hub, The Fire Station, which will not only stage a unique performance piece but will also play host to a pyrotechnics display at 6.45pm.

This performance will be free, but tickets will be required and will be available from the Cultural Spring website in the weeks leading up to the event.

"We have been working all year on ensuring that Christmas in Sunderland is going to be absolutely fantastic,” said Sharon Appleby, Head of Business Operations at Sunderland Business Improvement District.

"We have worked closely with Sunderland City Council and a number of other partners to bring together what promises to be a truly amazing start to the festive season.

"We’re also very grateful to Sun FM for securing a star of the calibre of Pixie Lott to get the event under way."