The Shiney Row Christmas lights will be switched on on Thursday the 3 December.
There'll also be carol singing, a performance by Karen Shiel Dance School and a visit from Santa himself!
A Christmas market will be open on Westbourne Terrace from 2.30pm, featuring stalls of local traders, ideal for gifts and treats.
2013 marked 21 years since Sunderland city status from HM The Queen, on 23rd March 1992.
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