Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool

3.6
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.
Create an itinerary including Blackpool Illuminations
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Blackpool Illuminations Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
3,610 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • Made the decision to attend late in the day - went on the fully journey in the tram shaped train. This is run by volunteers who take pride of their vehicles and keep the system running.  more »
  • What a good display this year. Well worth visiting the town to see. Most enjoyable from the tram. Well done to all.  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Blackpool

View all >
3.8
Duration: 8​h
4.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.9
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Side trips from Blackpool

3.4
Duration: 8​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Kid-friendly things to do in Blackpool

View all >
4.4
Duration: 4​h
3.7
Duration: 2​h
3.5
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h

Hidden gems in Blackpool

4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 2​h
4.5
Duration: 2​h

Museums in Blackpool

4.3
Duration: 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Blackpool

4.1
Duration: 4​h
3.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min