Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light

18/10/2018 to 18/11/2018

Sunderland Illuminations are back for 2018, with lights spreading sparkle from St Peters Church all along the seafront. As well as feature lighting, the illuminated observation wheel will return to Cliffe Park along with fairground rides and quality catering concessions.  

Roker Park will be transformed into a Festival of Light and will be open Thursday - Sunday every week, plus every night during October half term.

See what's on where here

Important ticket information  - Festival of Light

Tickets to the Festival of Light cost £2 per person (children aged 2 and under go free) and can be booked online now. There will be no ticket sales on the entrance gates of Roker Park, like in previous years. 

We have introduced entry times for the Festival of Light so we can safely manage visitor numbers in to the event.  This is the time you can enter the event, once inside you can stay as long as you wish until the event closes. 

New for 2018 - Sunderland sphere will take centre stage in Roker Park and you can book your name in lights. Find out more here

The chosen date and time of your ticket is not transferrable so please ensure you select the correct information when booking.

The Festival of Light is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and all of half term, week commencing 22 October.

Under 2’s go free but still require a ticket for entry.

There is a £1 discount if you buy 5 tickets or more.

E-tickets or printed tickets will be accepted to gain entry to the Festival of Light.

General information

The Festival of Light is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and all of half term, week commencing 22 October. Illuminations along the seafront and the attractions on Cliffe Park will be open every day from Thursday 18 October – Sunday 18 November.

The entire event will be closed on Sunday 11 November due to Remembrance Sunday.

Please use the Park & Ride service. A bus service will operate from Keel Square in the City Centre to the Tram Shelter on the seafront every 10 minutes. There are over 1000 spaces in St Mary’s and Sunniside Car Parks, and you travel on the bus to and from the event site for free when showing your parking ticket from these car parks.Thursdays after 3pm is free parking, so your entire journey to the event is free! Sundays are £2 all day and represents great value for money. Click here for more information on how to get to the event.

Please consider residents when visiting the area.

Supported by

Did you know?

Roker Park has welcomed back the annual illuminations for the last two years. This popular event attracts thousands of families to the historical park to enjoy lit displays.

Twitter

RT : Fun for families this half-term at Arts Centre Washington. We have Three Little Pig Tails this Tuesday. Can the li… https://t.co/sDLjn1QPqG 1 hour 44 min ago
RT : Come and join the fun at Washington Town Centre library at 2:30pm on Tuesday the 23th October. We're making spooky… https://t.co/Vidkvxhc0y 1 hour 44 min ago
Yes, dogs are permitted in the park. 21 hours 42 min ago
Hi, it’s already been sent but we require some details from you before we can issue the ticket. 1 day 2 hours ago
Hi, can you email events@sunderland.gov.uk with your details and they can reissue your ticket. 1 day 3 hours ago
The Festival of Light time slots are selling out for tonight. Get yours soon, or come and visit at half term 😊.… https://t.co/yEYYWRnhAO 1 day 3 hours ago
RT : Roker Illuminations opening night 2018, a little busy down there tonight was good too see the seafront all lit up f… https://t.co/3WYqElOg3w 2 days 18 hours ago
RT : Something for the weekend? https://t.co/w51DV7RMoq 3 days 19 min ago
RT : Karting at night is an amazing experience! Even better when there’s 20% OFF ALL Grand Prix Races including Early Bi… https://t.co/nTBn96Atzu 3 days 2 hours ago
The weather’s looking good for the weekend, have you got your tickets for ? Only £2 a perso… https://t.co/LOh2BDg5h3 3 days 4 hours ago
RT : Not long until is making headlines! Opens 14 Dec! Tick tock! 💚PAN… https://t.co/fXhhMeFQgL 3 days 7 hours ago
Why not finish your evening at with a ride on the big wheel? Always a beautiful addition t… https://t.co/73cW4gYuJ7 3 days 18 hours ago
It is! Thanks guys! 3 days 18 hours ago
It’s a classic! https://t.co/2Vx9s40Rpj 3 days 20 hours ago
If you’re buying flashy, lighty, sparkly, spinny toys at the event, please buy from our official vendors on Roker P… https://t.co/ygo8pka7EY 3 days 20 hours ago

Facebook

Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter