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Everything you need to know about the Sunderland Lights Switch on 2021

Sunderland Lights Switch on is back for 2021 and we are super excited to see the festivities kick off in the city again this year. The atmosphere is always phenomenal with all the kids getting excited, people shopping, the festive activities that are on offer across the city and of course, the highlight of the light switch on.

I used to love going when I was a kid, they used to do it at the Civic Centre and would have the guests turning the lights on up on the platform, complete with a funfair that was kind of zig zagged all over the place to fit it all in. These days it is a little more updated, held at Keel Square with added entertainment on the old Crowtree site. (Lots more room for people to enjoy the event)

2021 see the magnificent Su Pollard, who is playing the Wicked Queen in this years Panto, alongside Miss Rory, Tom Whalley and the Mayor of Sunderland, councillor Harry Truman turning those lights on.

This year you can enjoy some new lights that have been well placed throughout the city which reflects the city's history.

*Please note there are no fireworks this year.

What to expect this year

🎅 Starts at 6pm

🎄Panto Cast

🎅Mayor of Sunderland

🎄New Lights

🎅School Choir

🎄Salvation Army Brass Band

🎅Carol Singers

🎄Spectacular finale from the SPARK! Drummers

🎅Also a very special message from Santa himself!


🎅Food stalls. In addition to the individual stalls there are also some fantastic family friendly restaurants in the area.

I wouldn't recommend taking dogs, mainly due to how busy the event usually is.

Parking Details

All parking is free after 3pm in the following:

🎄St Marys Car Park

🎅Sunniside Car park

🎄 Livingstone Road Car Park (Vaux site)

All council car parks are currently free after 3, but these are the 3 most convenient.

Alternatively you have The Bridges Car Park which is free to park in on a Thursday from 5.30-9pm


Keel Square, High Street West SR1 3LH

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