Dates: Friday, 3rd September 2022 – Monday, 3rd January 2023
Did you see the Blackpool Illuminations in 2021? Well if not, you can rectify this by visiting the world-famous display in the 2022/23 winter season. The Blackpool Illuminations enthral millions of visitors each year and they have justifiably been named the ‘Greatest free light show in the world’. The illuminations have been a huge part of Blackpool’s winter season since 1879 and they have appeared every year since then with the exception of two world wars.
The 2021 Blackpool Illuminations were a little different in that they were extended by an extra two months and this decision was certainly the correct one with a massive increase in visitors enjoying the spectacle. This extended display will be repeated in 2022 and you can see the spectacle from 3rd September 2022 until 3rd January 2023.
The Blackpool Illuminations stretch for over six miles along the promenade from Starr Gate in the south to Bispham in the north end of the town. Consisting of millions of individual bulbs, the illuminations are completely free for visitors to enjoy although there is a voluntary collection at both ends.
Most visitors to the Blackpool Illuminations drive through by either car or bus, however there are many open-top vintage trams operating along the seafront for the duration with many of these decked out in their own lighting displays. These special trams are all of different designs and have been rebuilt as illuminated theme trams.
Towards the end of November, the Blackpool Christmas Lights are switched on as part of the Festival of Light. These are completely separate from the main illuminations along the seafront and these are located along the many streets leading off from the promenade.
Blackpool Illuminations continue to be one of the most popular of the many Blackpool attractions and events each year and help extend the season throughout the winter months at a time when most other seaside towns effectively close down for the winter.