2nd September - 2nd January

Have you seen them? The sort of spectacle that everyone should see at least once. For generations, children and adults alike have been entranced by the spellbinding seafront spectacle which bathes the promenade with more than a million magical bulbs in a shimmering sea of light. The greatest free light show on earth has been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction scene since 1879 when they were described as ‘artificial sunshine’.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours operates impressive illuminations tours. You can ride a variety of different historical trams through the lights, including the iconic HMS Blackpool and Western Train. Find out more about Illumination tours.

The annual Illuminations display is to be extended by two months for the third consecutive year to provide an invaluable boost to the resort’s tourism season after the effects of COVID-19. It's a wonderful opportunity to experience miles of festoon, larger-than-life tableaux, illuminated trams, instagrammable features, laser technology and stunning projection shows during the dark winter months.

For more information, including 2022 switch-on timesBlackpool Illuminations fun facts and details on the biggest event in Blackpool's calendar, Switch-On, you can take a look at our Illuminations guide here.