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The Illuminations are back

Autumn nights in Sunderland are set to be brightened by the return of the much loved Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light (Thursday October 18 to Sunday 18 November).

Classic favourites will sit alongside sparkling new installations allowing returning visitors to view the event in a whole new light.

The hugely popular Festival of Light in Roker Park will run Thursday to Sunday up until November 18, with the exception of Sunday 11 November, with gates also open every night of the October half term week. Visitors must buy their tickets in advance online at the cost of £2 per person, with free entry for children aged two and under.

To help avoid queues, event goers will also be asked to choose a preferred entry time to the park when they book their tickets online this year.

Further details of the event will be released in the coming weeks. Tickets for the Festival of Light are now on sale at

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