Blackpool Illuminations is the greatest free lightshow on earth! Every year the seafront at Blackpool is lit up with millions of light bulbs. They’re strung in festoons, tableaux and features, in an amazing display of light along the full length of the promenade.
8 good reasons to visit the Blackpool Illuminations website from Visit Fylde Coast
Apart from lots of great photos, videos, news and all kinds of interesting things!
1. Blackpool Illuminations Switch On
It’s the biggest event in the Blackpool year – it’s Illuminations Switch On night! It’s always the Friday at the end of August Bank Holiday week, and it heralds the beginning of the busiest weeks of the year.
Each year there’s a spectacular show, which ends with a celebrity flicking the famous switch and turning the Blackpool Illuminations on.
2. What time the Illuminations come on each day
Once they’re on, the next thing you’ll need to know is what time do the Lights come on in the evening that you are there? The lighting up times change as the nights get darker earlier and late summer turns into autumn.
3. Find out more about the Lights
The Blackpool Illuminations cover a huge area of promenade. There are tableaux, festoons, over the road displays and much more.
Explore all this and more – like where they are actually made – in this section all about The Lights
4. Things to make your visit more pleasurable – like where the loos are!
Blackpool Illuminations attracts millions of visitors to the resort every year. So obviously it’s going to be busy. It’s a good idea to be prepared when it comes to food, drinks, snacks, and where you’re going to park, and where the toilets are too! With the help of our quick visitors guide you’ll enjoy your break without feeling stressed!
5. Illuminated Heritage Trams, and the history of how they came to be
The Illuminated Heritage Blackpool Trams are very popular – they’re certainly our favourite – but do you know how they came about?
Explore the years of the history of the Illuminated Heritage Trams.
6. History of the Blackpool Illuminations
Did you know that the origins of the Blackpool Illuminations goes back well over 100 years, as far back as the invention of electricity?
Find out more about the pioneering invention that was to shape Blackpool’s history.
7. Look at old photos
We’ve all got our favourite eras to look back fondly at. Why don’t you take a stroll down memory lane and see if you remember any of these old Blackpool Illuminations?
8. What else happens during the Illuminations
Blackpool in the late summer and autumn is Illuminations season and the busiest time of the year. It’s when the town really comes to life, with Ride the Lights, the World Fireworks Championships, LightPool Festival at half term, and so much more!
Have a look at our photo galleries and plan your next trip!
Find out More
Have a look at the Live Blackpool website homepage for more of the latest updates.
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