Great News! Blackpool Lights & Switch On is back again for 2024! The Illuminations will once again shine throughout late summer and autumn. Blackpool Council has announced that they’ll burst into light and colour on 30 August 2024. Watch this space for dates and details!
Blackpool Lights & Switch On 2024
It’s THE Friday evening in summer, traditionally at the end of August Bank Holiday week. It’s the night when the famous switch is flicked to turn on the world famous Blackpool Illuminations!
💡This years Blackpool Lights Switch on💡30 August 2024💡
👉All about it at this link 👉
The Switch On event was first held in Talbot Square outside the Town Hall. Then it moved to Central Car Park. When the new promenade was built, Switch On moved to Tower Festival Headland.
During Covid everything changed and the event moved indoors into the Tower Ballroom. Streamed live online in association with MTV it stayed there for a few years. Back outdoors again, in 2023 the Lights Switch On included a fabulous Nickelodeon parade and family event!
Much more about this years Blackpool Illuminations Switch On…
Live Blackpool is part of Visit Fylde Coast, which also includes our very own website all about the Blackpool Illuminations. There’s much more about Switch On here on our own Blackpool Illuminations website where you can find out…
- About this year’s Switch On event
- Which celebrity will flick the switch this year?
- Check what time the lights come on and go off each day
- Get all the latest updates – and there’s lots of great photos to see too.
Visit Blackpool (the official tourism department of Blackpool Council) is the organiser of this event.
More about the Blackpool Illuminations
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 want 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 all about The Lights
Plus of course the amazing Lightpool Festival and the digital projection shows on the front of the Blackpool Tower.
4. Things to make your visit better – 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! There’s loads of local information here and tips to welcome you to the Fylde Coast. 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 many years of the history of the Illuminated Heritage Trams.
In recent years an Illuminated Tram Parade has been a popular feature of the Lightpool Festival. It’s quite a sight, especially when accompanied by larger-than-life performers!
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! Along with the daily Blackpool Lights you can enjoy a number of great big events, including:
- Ride the Lights,
- the World Fireworks Championships,
- LightPool Festival at October half term,
- Memory Walk for Trinity Hospice, a sponsored walk under the Lights
- Christmas by the Sea
- and so much more!
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