Lightening up: Blackpool Illuminations extended for 2022 as town responds to “exceptional growth” in visitation

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Blackpool Council has announced the town’s iconic Illuminations will be extended again in 2022, after “exceptional growth” in visitation brought about by this year’s elongated display.


The traditional seafront light show, which is running from September to January for the first time, has already delivered “significant activity” after a £13m investment from the council.

“This year, for the first time, we have been able to have a clear run and assess what impact the extension of the Illuminations is having on those months that are traditionally quiet,” said council leader Lynn Williams.

“What we have witnessed over the first four weeks of November has been very significant activity across the resort and significantly better than our expectations.” The Illuminations were first extended in September 2020, however the second and third national lockdowns scuppered plans.

The 2022 Illuminations will now run from 2 September until 2 January 2023, with Williams noting “we are making this decision early so that our businesses can start to plan for the extended season next year.”

“The introduction of a greatly enhanced Christmas offer to complement the extended Illuminations season has added further weight to the argument that with the right product, Blackpool is extremely well-placed to become a year-round destination.”

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