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Top Tips for Visiting the Lights

Whether you've been visiting Blackpool Illuminations for decades, or have never seen the Lights before, we've got some top tips for ensuring your visit is as enjoyable and stress-free as possible!


Top tips for visiting the Lights

Saturdays are a busy night for us here at the Illuminations, so midweek visits are the best way to avoid heavy traffic. The weekends can be subject to long queues, and we'd prefer you to enjoy the display with ease. If you are set on a weekend visit, a great tip to beating the traffic during the Illuminations is to drive from north to south; this is a brilliant way of facing less traffic, yet still allowing you to see all that we have to offer!

Why not avoid the long traffic queues and stroll through the lights on foot? Park up the car, grab some fish and chips, and walk along Blackpool Promenade to ensure you don’t miss a thing. If you're unable to walk far or have limited time, we recommend walking the tableaux at the north end of the display.

Another great way to explore our Illuminations is by hopping on an illuminated tram! Regularly departing from the Pleasure Beach loop, the trams run all the way to Bispham, and you can hop off at several stops on the return journey. If you need to make more specific arrangements or need to board/alight at specific stops, the regular Blackpool Transport trams are a fantastic idea, too!

Below you will find a series of commonly asked questions about the Blackpool Illuminations so you can be super prepared for your upcoming visit.

How long are Blackpool Illuminations on for?

Blackpool Illuminations are usually on for 66 nights. However, the 2021 display will run throughout the festive season for the second consecutive year from 3 September - 3 January 2022. 

Can you drive through Blackpool Illuminations?

You can drive through Blackpool Illuminations and we recommend doing so! 

Are Blackpool Illuminations on every night?

Blackpool Illuminations will shine from 3 September - 3 January 2022.

Are Blackpool Illuminations on this year?

Yes! We can't wait. Blackpool Illuminations will be lighting up the skies in 2021.

Are Blackpool Illuminations free?

Yes. Blackpool Illuminations is the greatest free light show on Earth! We do, however, rely on public and business donations to maintain our fantastic Light display. When visiting the Blackpool Illuminations, you will have chance to donate some of your spare change at our collection huts. Find out ways you can donate here.