Everything You Need To Know About Blackpool Illuminations 2018

I can’t believe it’s almost that time of year again! At the end of this week, the Blackpool Illuminations get switched on and we’re so excited!

Between the 31st August and the 4th November, Blackpool promenade is lit up with thousands of lights stretching for six miles! There’s even plenty of new additions and displays for 2018. New displays for 2018 include Surf The Lightwave and a Circus-themed Roundabout.

Heres all the information you could need about Blackpool Illuminations 2018-

Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Concert.

The switch-on concert is on Friday 31st August. International singer Alfie Boe will pull the switch to trigger the start of the 2018 illumination season. Other celebrity guests include Ella Eyre and Jonas Blue. More information can be found here about the switch-on concert.

Times for 2018 light switch-on and switch-off.

31st August Friday 8.45 p.m. 3.00 a.m. (subject to change)
1st September Saturday 8.00 p.m. 3.00 a.m.
2nd September Sunday 8.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
3rd September Monday 8.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
4th September Tuesday 8.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
5th September Wednesday 8.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
6th September Thursday 8.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
7th September Friday 8.00 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
8th September Saturday 8.00 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
9th September Sunday 8.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
10th September Monday 8.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
11th September Tuesday 8.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
12th September Wednesday 8.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
13th September Thursday 8.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
14th September Friday 7.45 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
15th September Saturday 7.45 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
16th September Sunday 7.45 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
17th September Monday 7.45 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
18th September Tuesday 7.45 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
19th September Wednesday 7.45 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
20th September Thursday 7.45 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
21st September Friday 7.30 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
22nd September Saturday 7.30 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
23rd September Sunday 7.30 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
24th September Monday 7.30 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
25th September Tuesday 7.30 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
26th September Wednesday 7.30 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
27th September Thursday 7.30 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
28th September Friday 7.15 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
29th September Saturday 7.15 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
30th September Sunday 7.15 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
1st October Monday 7.15 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
2nd October Tuesday 7.15 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
3rd October Wednesday 7.15 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
4th October Thursday 7.15 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
5th October Friday 7.00 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
6th October Saturday 7.00 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
7th October Sunday 7.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
8th October Monday 7.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
9th October Tuesday 7.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
10th October Wednesday 7.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
11th October Thursday 7.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m.
12th October Friday 6.45 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
13th October Saturday 6.45 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
14th October Sunday 6.45 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
15th October Monday 6.45 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
16th October Tuesday 6.45 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
17th October Wednesday 6.45 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
18th October Thursday 6.45 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
19th October Friday 6.30 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
20th October Saturday 6.30 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
21st October Sunday 6.30 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
22nd October Monday 6.30 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
23rd October Tuesday 6.30 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
24th October Wednesday 6.30 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
25th October Thursday 6.30 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
26th October Friday 6.15 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
27th October Saturday 6.15 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
28th October Sunday 5.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
29th October Monday 5.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
30th October Tuesday 5.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
31st October Wednesday 5.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
1st November Thursday 5.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m.
2nd November Friday 5.00 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
3rd November Saturday 5.00 p.m. 12.00 a.m.
4th November Sunday 5.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m.

Best Places To Park

We always tend to head to North Pier and start at that end. We seem to be able to park on a side street near the Sainsbury’s. For information about a free parking coupon, check out Blackpool Illuminations Facebook page.

Family Friendly Places To Eat.

We love nothing more than getting fish and chips when we’re visiting the Illuminations! And don’t forget picking up some doughnuts. Yum yum! There’s a couple of fab chip shops where we like to start the lights at North Pier.

Last year we stopped for a meal at Las Iguanas before the lights were switched on. If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant, there’s plenty of choice towards Blackpool Tower and the main shopping area. You can choose from Nando’s, Pizza Express, Bella Italia and many more.

Enjoying A Tram Ride.

We love to jump a tram at some point of the evening whilst we are visiting the lights. We pay the conductor on the tram, just a warning they do get busy! Here’s all the information you could need about trams and tickets.

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