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Christmas Lights

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas in Blackpool 

Christmas might look a little different this year, but Blackpool is glowing with festive magic. For the first time in history, the Blackpool Illuminations are lighting up the promenade in the run-up to Christmas and this year’s town centre festive lights are looking as decorative as ever. It’s the most wonderful time of year!


Town Centre Christmas Display

Are you coming to town this Christmas? Blackpool is sprinkling some seasonal spirit across the town as hundreds of icicles light up the streets. The wintry blue lights are displayed across Bank Hey Street, Victoria Street, Church Street, Clifton Street and Abingdon Street. Blackpool Christmas Lights Town Centre 2020

The new festive display, designed by the Blackpool Illuminations team, was launched to coincide with the reopening of non-essential retail on 2 December in a joint scheme funded by Blackpool Council and the Town Centre BID.

Stop by to see the gigantic 40ft Christmas tree standing tall in St John’s Square, beaming with twinkling white and blue lights. There is also a second tree installed in the heart of Bickerstaffe Square, so if you’re doing your Christmas food shop in Sainsbury’s or heading to Blackpool North Station, make sure you take a look.

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Remember, you can park for just £1 for any three-hour period in the majority of Council-owned car parks* until 3 January 2021. Find out more about the fantastic parking offer here


Houndshill Shopping Centre

Now that non-essential shops have reopened, why not head to Houndshill Shopping Centre for a bit of Christmas shopping? Not only will you be supporting the high street, but you are guaranteed to feel the festive spirit as you shop amidst the twinkling lights and decorative shop windows.

Don’t forget, it’s Late Night Thursdays on the 10 and 17 December where you can park for free in Houndshill Car Park from 5-8pm. The mall is also running a socially-distanced Santa’s Grotto for the little ones.

Blackpool Illuminations

The Blackpool Illuminations need little introduction but one major thing you do need to know is that they’ll be shining until 3 January 2021 for the first time in history (view Switch-On times here). We’ve officially decked out the whole of Blackpool!

Are you super excited for Christmas Day or do you need a little nudge to get you in the mood? The greatest free light show on Earth will keep your spirits bright and bring some well-needed Christmas cheer to all residents. Our top tip for seeing the Illuminations is from the comfort of your own car; however, if you need to stretch your legs, please keep to the social distancing guidelines in place. Whichever you choose, why not take some warm mince pies to eat on the way or tuck into some delicious fish ‘n chips?