Sunderland Illuminations 2019: Festival of Light prepares to move to new location and everything else we know so far

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Friday, 4th October 2019, 12:11 pm
Updated Monday, 7th October 2019, 10:30 am
This year's Festival of Light is set to launch on Thursday, November 21.

And with the festive period come the fun and exciting events we have grown to know and love. They become part of the pre-Christmas ritual and we look forward to them more as summer draws to a close and autumn begins.

One of the biggest events in Sunderland’s calendar is the city’s Illuminations and Festival of Light, so ahead of their launch later this season we have put together everything we know so far as the latter prepares to start its 2019 stint in a new home.

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The 2019 Festival of Light will this year be held in Mowbray Park.

The Festival of Light element will take place in Mowbray Park for the first time, and become a bigger part of the city centre’s Christmas programme.

The announcement came earlier this year, with the hopes that the Festival’s popularity would benefit the city centre economy after a successful run in 2018

The Festival of Light will launch on Thursday, November 21 and run until Sunday, December 23.

Sunderland’s Christmas Lights switch-on will also take place on November 21.

This year's Festival of Light is going to be themed to complement Sunderland's festive programme.

However there is no confirmed date for the Sunderland Illuminations yet.

Plans have been approved for Wearmouth Bridge to be lit this year between October and January as part of the celebrations, suggesting that the Illuminations could be unveiled this month.

In the past, Sunderland’s Illuminations and Festival of Light have launched shortly before the October half-term break and been on for around a month in tandem with each other.

Further details about the events are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.