Top pop star to switch on Christmas lights

Top pop star Pixie Lott 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 Thursday 23 November.

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 The Right Worshipful Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight, for the switch on.

The performance – which will take place at 5.30pm – 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 at Keel Square throughout the day, showing a range of Disney short films for all the family.

Street food stalls offering everything from authentic pizzas to fish and chips will also be found at High Street West.

Also taking place on the same evening as the switch on at Keel Square is a spectacular live performance to celebrate the launch of The Fire Station as a new arts venue.

 The performance, named Fireflight, will feature more than 100 local people and has been created by acclaimed outdoor theatre company Periplum and will be followed by a fire show at 6.45pm.

The performance is a ticketed event, with details on how to apply for tickets available from the Cultural Spring website, two weeks prior.

“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 the BID.

“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 underway.”

Cllr John Kelly, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “Attending the Christmas light switch on is an annual tradition for many families in the city, and this year’s event looks impressive, with the confirmation of Pixie Lott’s performance.

“The Fire Station will bring another city centre venue back to life, with a whole programme of cultural activities, starting with an exciting launch on the 23rd.

“Working in partnership with other organisations in the city is key to the ongoing success of our events and attractions, and we’d encourage local people and visitors to make the most of our Christmas activities, which will be bigger and better than ever.”

All City Council car parks, including Livingstone Road and St Mary’s, are free after 3pm on Thursdays.

Share this

Did you know?

Sunderland is home of the National Glass Centre - the only UK centre celebrating the history of glass making and providing a world focus for glass. The centre reopened in 2013 after undergoing a major refurbishment.


Have you seen our lovely artwork of seafront events and attractions at Seaburn Metro station? We’re biased but it l… 7 hours 3 min ago
RT : Our new exhibition opens 10am on Sat 24 March - the BP Portrait Award 2017. Previously on show at 11 hours 38 min ago
RT : Great time earlier with and in preparation for and Active Sun… 13 hours 10 min ago
RT : 3 days to go! Join us for the opening of the new NGCA and the preview of Fiona Crisp: Material Sight this Friday 23… 14 hours 58 sec ago
RT : Dur dur dur… War of the Worlds (the comedy version) comes to ACW 6 April! Join as they recreate dead… 14 hours 19 min ago
RT : What a beautiful morning with at Port of Sunderland! 15 hours 47 min ago
RT : It's ! Why not visit Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens to celebrate it! FREE & open… 17 hours 58 min ago
If you’ve never seen , it’s third time lucky. This fantastic show is on until 31 March. 18 hours 30 min ago
We couldn’t agree more , the North East coast is beautiful, and we spotted our lovely in… 1 day 8 hours ago
Come on Spring, we’re ready for ewe! 1 day 18 hours ago
Great advice here 👇 we’ve got lots of accommodation options for different budgets and styles. 2 days 11 hours ago
RT : The all-important route is here: 3 days 15 hours ago
The poor never gets a break! 4 days 10 hours ago
RT : It may be cold out there today...but you'll always get a warm welcome at our cafe in the Museum & Winter Gardens. L… 4 days 14 hours ago
Restaurant week starts TODAY! Download your vouchers and get eating! 4 days 17 hours ago


Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter