Blackpool Illuminations – What You Need To Know BEFORE You Visit

(Last Updated On: January 19, 2023)


More than a century old, the famous free light show is nearly as well-known as Blackpool Tower.

One million bulbs illuminate 10 kilometers of beach from early September through the beginning of January.

It’s a great excuse to go on a seaside vacation when the lights stay on later in the season.

Attend during The Big Switch On, which is often hosted by well-known pop artists and celebrities.

Or you can simply enjoy the event on your own.

Every year, there’s something new: ambitious multi-media art installations as well as traditional illuminated decorations.

A spectacular sight for any holidaymaker, and one that absolutely should be on everyone’s list of must-see sites in Blackpool.

How to get to the Blackpool Illuminations

The Blackpool Illuminations start at Squires Gate.

From here you can walk 6 miles or ride the trams to see the rest of the illuminations.

The lights end at the Red Bank Road, located in Bispham.

Blackpool Illuminations Photos

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Are Blackpool lights still on 2022?

The Blackpool Illuminations will be on from 2nd September 2022 – 2nd January 2023.

Where do Blackpool Illuminations start and end?

The Blackpool Illuminations start at Squires Gate and end at Red Bank Road.

How many miles are the Blackpool Illuminations?

The Blackpool Illuminations are 6 miles long.

Do you have to pay to see Blackpool Illuminations?

The Blackpool Illuminations are free to see.

You do not need to pay.

How long does it take to walk the Illuminations?

Walking Blackpool’s long 6 miles of lights will take on average around 1 hour and 30 minutes.


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