Blackpool Christmas Lights
Blackpool is the place to see light displays, from the Illuminations that begin in September to the ornate and magical display of Blackpool Christmas Lights in winter each year. If you have not been to Blackpool before, you will be struck by the detail and originality of light displays, alongside the stunning variety on offer.
Blackpool town takes Christmas, and light displays very seriously, and always has, being one of the first two places in England to have embraced the new technology of electricity all the way back in 1879. For 2011, those Victorians who first saw a light display worth £5,000, which was an astonishing amount for that time and age, would need to wear sunglasses to block out the dazzling brightness that is the hallmark of Blackpool Christmas Lights today.
St Johns Switch on 2011
The place to see the lights switched on this year is at St Johns Evangelist on Church Street, just across from The Winter Gardens. The time and day to be there is 2pm on Saturday the 19th of November. There is no admission charge and the festivities are due to go until 5pm and include the guest celebrity, usually a famous singer or group, and in previous years has included Atomic Kitten, Joe McElderry winner of X Factor, and 2012 is sure to be just as special.
St Johns will be decorated with a 40-ft high Christmas tree and Talbot Square home to a myriad display of lights and baubles. Be sure to check out the display in the Debenhams concourse level in the Houndshill Shopping Centre, as they always do a very large snow themed display, and you can also find Santa’s grotto there if you want to take the family to see it.
In the streets you will find street theatre stilt walkers in Fancy Christmas Dress, popular TV cartoon characters such as Pingu and friends, and in 2010 Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen had his Christmas inspired sculptures displayed outdoors, with a major light design part of the switch on by Joe McElderry.
2011 is sure to be just as exciting, although it will be hard to beat last year when Prince William dropped by after the announcement of his engagement which added a large dollop of glamour to the event. In every street and especially along the promenade, as part of the Blackpool Christmas Lights you will see trees lit up and festive cheer everywhere you go.