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The Blackpool Illuminations have been
shining brightly throughout the town for
well over 100 years.

History of the Blackpool Illuminations

In this section you’ll find a potted history of how and when the Blackpool Illuminations started – it’s a much bigger subject of course that you could research further elsewhere should you want to.

Eight magnificent arc lamps in 1879 started this British institution which has now lasted well over 100 years. The Illuminations as we know them began in 1912, making the display now over 100 years old.

There have been Royal visits and new innovations along the years –
a tradition which continues today.

Illuminated Heritage Trams

We’ll take you back into the past of the Illuminated Trams – everyone’s favourite method of transport when the Lights are on.

Although Blackpool now has a new, modern tram fleet you can still enjoy a ride on these iconic autumn vehicles.

Past Switch on Stars

It's an annual honour enjoyed y the fanous face of the time - switching on the world famous Blackpool Illuminations.

Have a look back through the years and see who you remember...

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