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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!

Have a read, and start planning to trip the Lights fantastic!

The Blackpool Illuminations 2020 will start on 4 September and have been extended until 3 January 2021 for the first time in history. Our Switch-On event will be a virtual celebration this year, joining forces with MTV to bring you a stellar line-up to both a national and international audience.

From 4 September, 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!

To help with social-distancing, a one-way system will be in place at busy times for those walking through the illuminated tableaux section at North Shore. To do this, head to Red Bank Road (at the end of the lights) and walk north to south. 

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!

The Blackpool Tower Projections return on 16 October and will run until 9 November. They will once again transform The Blackpool Tower into a sea of light, colour and sound, as stunning, digitally-mapped multi-media shows is projected on to this iconic building, so this is a perfect time to warm-up for the festive season.

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 the Blackpool Illuminations on for?

The Blackpool Illuminations are normally on for 66 nights. For the first time in history, the Blackpool Illuminations 2020 display will run for 122 nights, as we extend the season over Christmas. You can find out all our Switch-On times here.

Can you drive through Blackpool Illuminations?

You can drive through Blackpool Illuminations and we recommend doing so! Though we also recommend parking your car and have a stroll through the Lights on foot, especially during peak times over the weekend.

Are Blackpool Illuminations on every night?

The Blackpool Illuminations will be on every night from September 4 2020 to January 3 2021. Planning to visit on a specific day? You can find out the Switch-On times here.

Are Blackpool Illuminations on this year?

Yes. The Blackpool Illuminations will be lighting up the skies in 2020 and will feature some brand new features, including our NHS and Key Workers tribute.

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.