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Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool

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Held every autumn since 1879, Blackpool Illuminations is a brilliant homage to the light bulb. The festival is also known as "The Lights" and "The Illuminations." It runs from late August until early November for 66 days. The light displays stretch from south to north along the Promenade for 10 km (6 mi), using over one million bulbs. In conjunction with the illuminated Promenade, the "Blackpool Festival of Light" showcases light and art exhibits and installations. Art cars constructed of lights make runs up and down the Promenade. Some of these trams have a long history and have won Heritage Lotteries to refurbish them to their former glory. Our Blackpool route builder tool makes visiting Blackpool Illuminations and other Blackpool attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • There is something about Blackpool illuminations that helps along with the tower and the pleasure bleach and the golden mile and thousands of other businesses to make Blackpool the no,1 entertainment....  more »
  • I am a lifelong fan of the illuminations, (50 years). I wanted to open with that because I am so disappointed with the current display, but I wish to be constructively critical. I walked...  more »
  • Been coming here since I was very small. Moved here a few years ago. Illuminations, Autumn setting in, just a great feeling. Been here a few days, the weather has been very good, today has been raining all day, but, so what. Love it.
  • Really nice and well worth a view. They come on at 8pm and go off again at 10:30. The tower was only lite at the top but still effective. Some of the teams are made up with lights and in the shape of a train and another as a boat.
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