A technicolour light show like no other is glowing on Blackpool promenade once again. Blackpool Illuminations have returned to the seaside resort for another year, and they will shine for an extended four months until January 2024.
Pop siren Sophie Ellis-Bextor flicked the famous switch to turn on the six-mile long installations, which stretch from Starr Gate to Bispham. The Murder on the Dancefloor singer also performed a number of his hits live, as the Switch-On event returned outdoors for the first time since 2019.
An fireworks display followed her performance, launching this year’s illuminations in spectacular style as thousands packed onto the promenade. It was the climax of several hours of free family-friendly entertainment.
The night kicked off with the Nickelodeon Grand Parade from central Pier, past Golden Mile and up to Tower Festival Headland, which was the hub of the extravaganza.
But the highlight was of course the moment Blackpool was lit up in a sea of colour, marking the very first night of the 2023 Illuminations.
The lights will shine for varied times each night, and you can find full details for each month right up until January 1, here.
Blackpool Illuminations 2023
Visitors were very much part of the action, with hundreds of synchronised LED wristbands handed out as part of the especially-commissioned Nickelodeon-themed sound and light show projected onto Blackpool Tower.
Mixed in with some old favourites, there will be three huge new installations to marvel at for the 2023 season. They are Lollies in Love With Life by internationally-renowned artist Dr Chila Kumari Singh Burman MBE and Light Around the World by Native American specialist Bruce Alfred.
While long-time Illuminations curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has designed Spitfire Island, using 3D printing technology. Laurence debuted his art deco 1930s-style designs on the Golden Mile in 2022 and they also make a popular return this year.
The illuminations are affectionately known as the greatest free light show on Earth and have been a huge part of Blackpool’s yearly events calendar since 1879. They will shine for a whopping 122 days after being extended again for two months, from September to January 1, 2024.
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