Blackpool Christmas Lights Switch On. Photo: Andrew Hudson

Blackpool Christmas Lights Switch On

The bad news is that there’s NO Blackpool Christmas Lights Switch On in 2021. Christmas Tree Photo: thanks to Andrew Hudson.

Blackpool Christmas Lights Switch On

Friday 19 November 2021

But the GOOD news is that there’s a packed Christmas programme in Blackpool this year!

From Friday 19 November the town centre lights will be turned on along with the Blackpool Illuminations. They stay on until 3 January this year for a fabulous winter light show.

There’s something for everyone in Blackpool this year – take a look here to find out more.


Look Back to the Christmas Switch On 2018

Event began from 2pm, Switch on at approx 5pm

Blackpool BID will promote the Christmas Lights Switch On again this year, in association with Radio Wave.

Come along for an afternoon of FREE fun, to see the Christmas tree and lights switched on, plus festive fun for all the family.

Join Emmerdale star Danny Miller as he flicks the switch!

Your hosts for the afternoon are the one and only Joey Blower and Scott from the Radio Wave breakfast show. Plus guest appearances and performances from:

  • The cast of the Wizard of Oz from the Winter Gardens
  • Cast of Viva’s Christmas Show
  • Owen Holt • Birchall • Nicola Hayton
  • Demon Pixies from The Up Beat Rock Academy
  • Plus other local acts

Christmas Begins in Blackpool

The Christmas Switch on announcement followed hot on the heels of news about discounted parking and public transport fares. It’s a joint campaign to encourage people to shop local in Blackpool this Christmas.

The Festive Switch On is being funded by Blackpool’s Town Centre BID. It takes place on  Saturday 1 December (which is also National Small Business Saturday) in St Johns Square from 2pm until 5.30pm.

A spokesperson from the Town Centre BID said: “Blackpool town centre has so much to offer to Christmas shoppers in terms of the mix of independent and national brands, illuminated streets and a vastly-improved range of cafes and restaurants.

“The Switch On Event will launch Christmas in Blackpool and we are delighted to announce that Danny Miller will flick the famous switch.

“Danny is known for playing the role of Aaron Dingle in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, for which he has won several awards, including winning the British Soap Award for Best Actor three times (2011, 2012, 2016). He’ll be joined by a supporting cast of local entertainers and more names will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Switch On Event and discounted car parking offer is a great incentive for people to not just shop in Blackpool this Christmas, but also enjoy some of the rich entertainment that is on offer in our theatres and venues.

Christmas Lights in Blackpool

There will be three big Christmas trees in Blackpool town centre this year –

As usual, the big, traditional Christmas tree and festive feature will be in front of St John’s Church – that’s the one opposite the Winter Gardens. There will also be trees outside Bickerstaffe House and Sainsbury’s, and the third one outside the Town Hall.

Take a look at buskers playing on a bright winter morning, and the Christmas Tree in St John’s Square:

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It’s done in the same sort of way that the LightPool show was projected onto the front of the Tower during the Illuminations. You can catch this fabulous projection show every day until 4 January.

Although the Blackpool Illuminations were switched off in November for this year, Blackpool Tower is lit throughout the season by just short of 6000 LED lamps.

Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Christmas Lights Switch On

Festive lights are to be found throughout the town centre. Enjoy digital festoons across the streets of the town centre and Christmas trees along the buildings in St Johns Square.

Blackpool Christmas Lights Switch On with Blackpool BID

Christmas Parking in Blackpool

Coming to the Christmas switch on, or shopping in Blackpool throughout the festive season?

Take advantage of parking and public transport offers. Merry Christmas!

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23 thoughts on “Blackpool Christmas Lights Switch On”

  1. Hi I’m thinking of bringing my kids down to see the light switch on was just wondering will there be fireworks at the switch on

  2. Hi there,
    I’m a massive fan of Waterloo road, I think it’s a thriving area, I’m also a member of GYM-it. Please could you tell me when the lights are getting switched on and if also Danny Miller is switching these on as well as the St Johns square, it would bring crowds of people
    Thank you
    Richard Moss

    1. I’m afraid I’m not responsible for organising this event Barbara so I am as much in the dark as you. Sorry. I will let you know as soon as I can.

  3. Hello, I’m am the current Miss Blackpool and would love to attend the Blackpool light switch on, do you have a date? Please let me know if I can help with anything x

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