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Christmas in the city

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Get ready for a Christmas to remember this year, as we launch Christmas in the City! Full to the brim, expect a programme of events that will keep the whole family entertained this festive season. From 17 November 2022 to 6 January 2023. To kick things off, we have the Christmas Lights Switch On in Keel Square on 17 November. The family-friendly event will be hosted by Steve and Karen from Metro Radio, with SAFC Legend Kevin Phillips flicking the switch. Special guests The Right Worshipful, The Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor Alison Smith, stars of the Empire Theatre Panto, Aladdin, Anna and Elsa are hoping to make an appearance in the crowds, and look out for Santa Claus himself! This date also sees the start of our Christmas in the City AR Trail. This year's AR trail aims to raise funds and awareness for 4 local charities, with 4 giant, bespoke Christmas stockings adorning citycentre business windows. The stockings will feature a QR code where users will be able to donate directly to the good causes. Our ever-popular Reindeer Dash is also returning on 27 November in the Bridges. The 1k Fun Run raises money and awareness for two brilliant local charities, Red Sky Foundation and the Foundation of Light.

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