November 23 2017

SUNDERLAND’S CHRISTMAS light switch on will be less about elves and more about pixies – or one Pixie in particular.

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 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.