More than 70,000 people have already enjoyed or booked to attend this year’s Festival of Light in Roker Park as part of Sunderland’s seafront Illuminations, with many more still expected before the event closes on 18 November.

Families and children from across the region have been to see the fantastic displays old and new which stretch the length and breadth of the historic Roker Park.

Thousands more every evening have also been enjoying the rest of the Sunderland Illuminations along the award winning seafront from Roker to Seaburn, which includes the Giant Observation Wheel and fairground attractions at Cliffe Park.

Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “People’s response to this year’s event has been fantastic, with the new Sunderland Sphere and the Winter Wonderland displays appealing to all ages alongside the more established crowd favourites such as the Disney Characters and illuminated fountains in the lake.

“We’ve also had a great reaction to the online booking and new entry system to the Festival of Light which help control the numbers of people and create more time and space for visitors to enjoy the experience.

“The enhanced park and ride and public transport services has also made it even easier for everyone get to and from the seafront to enjoy the park, and the rest of the Illuminations displays and entertainment.”

Cllr Kelly added: “I’d like to thank all our visitors for their continuing support, and encourage anyone who hasn’t booked their tickets yet for the Festival of Light in Roker Park to do so as quickly as they can to avoid disappointment as the event closes on 18 Nov with the traditional fireworks finale on the seafront at 6pm.”

Sunderland City Council Head of Events, Victoria French added: “It’s great to see our events successfully continue to bring people into our city to enjoy themselves.

“We’re always delighted to welcome back our regular visitors, and greet even more new ones to experience all that Sunderland has to offer.

“There’s also still time to book online to have your name displayed up in lights on the Sunderland Sphere, with more information available at to help make it even more of an occasion to remember for friends and family.”

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