Sunderland’s Festival of Light celebration has enjoyed one of its strongest opening weekends to date, as thousands of families from across the region flocked to the seaside. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Sunderland’s Festival of Light, the entertainment on offer and how to book those all-important tickets… 


Massive Turnout for Sunderland’s Festival of Light on Opening Weekend! 


Thousands of families flocked to the seaside for the Festival of Light and Sunderland Illuminations.


Thousands of families flocked to the seaside this weekend, as Festival of Light enjoyed a huge turnout of visitors for the famous Festival of Light and Sunderland Illuminations.

Families from across the region flocked to see the Festival of Light displays which are back in the historic Roker Park for the first time since 2018, as well as visiting Sunderland Illuminations along the seafront.

The Festival of Light has always been a staple event in the city’s events calendar. 

A special period every winter when the city’s sky is filled with colour and enchanting light displays for all of the family to enjoy. 

Alongside this warming October festival of fun, there’s also a return of the much-loved Sunderlands Illuminations! They’re set to light up the night sky along the Roker and Seaburn seafront.

The event will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Saturday 13 November, and will open every day over half term, week beginning 25 October.

Accompanying the iconic festival, a family funfair will be taking place in Cliffe Park between 4 and 9pm. This will include the return of the amazing Observation Wheel to the seafront and family rides such as a vintage carousel and Grand Canyon roller coaster!

There is also a special quiet hour from 4pm – 5pm during half term for families wanting to experience a more relaxed event.


Off to a dazzling start… 


The Festival Of Light returned to Sunderland this weekend


Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, Councillor Linda Williams, said: 

“It has been fantastic to see the much-loved Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light return this year.

“There are some beautiful new displays throughout the park and the additional programme such as the excellent fire and water show, street theatre characters the model railway, really enhance the event offer.  

I am delighted to see that the opening weekend has been so popular.

“There are still tickets available for the rest of the Festival of Light, but due to limited capacity they are selling fast so I would encourage anyone who hasn’t booked their tickets yet to do so quickly to avoid disappointment.”


To book tickets or find out more information, visit 

Tickets are £3 per person and discounts are available for groups of three or more, with free entry for children under two.


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