What better time for a trip to Blackpool than to see the legendary Blackpool lights switch on?

Blackpool Illuminations are on from Friday 4th September until Sunday January 3rd 2021 this year (2020). All times listed here.

The lights of Blackpool Illuminations will be switched on at 9pm on Friday 4th September by a celebrity who will be named near the day, as is the tradition, previous famous faces who have switched d on Blackpool Illuminations can be found here.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the illuminations switch on and switch on Concert will be a virtual concert free to view featuring a mixture of exclusive pre-recorded performances at home and live performances filmed inside the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

The virtual switch on concert will start at 8.30pm on September 4 and be hosted by Diversity’s Ashley and Jordan Banjo. It will also feature chart-topping DJ, Joel Corry.

As the Golden Circle was such a great success it is set to return for 2020. Keep checking back for details.

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This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic there will be no preview night of Blackpool illuminations Ride The Lights 2020 is cancelled.

To ensure this year’s event is the most spectacular yet, there are a host of new and revamped light displays including Theatre D’Amour, Venus Reborn, Talbot Square and Brilliance, which are all designed to dazzle and delight visitors.

The 2020 Blackpool Illuminations will be a bumper year with the lights shining for 122 nights and will be on over Christmas and New Year.

Blackpool lights switch on times vary over the seventeen weeks due to the nights drawing in and the clocks going back one hour at the end of October.

What times are Blackpool illuminations on? Here is a full list of the programmed switched on times for September, October, November, December Christmas and New Year 2020. (note times may vary from the schedule due to circumstances on the day).

Blackpool Illuminations switch on times for September 2020

  • Friday 4th September 8.45pm to 2.00am.
  • Saturday 5th September 8.00pm to Midnight.
  • Sunday 6th September 8.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Monday 7th to Thursday 10th September 8.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September 7.45pm to Midnight.
  • Sunday 13th September 8.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Monday 14th to Thursday 17th September 8.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September 7.45pm to Midnight.
  • Sunday 20th September 7.45pm to 11.00pm.
  • Monday 21st to Thursday 24th September 7.45pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September 7.30pm to Midnight.
  • Sunday 27th September 7.30pm to 11.00pm.
  • Monday 28th to Thursday 1st October 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Blackpool Illuminations switch on times for October 2020

  • Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October 7.15pm to Midnight.
  • Sunday 4th October 7.15pm to 11.00pm.
  • Monday 5th October to Thursday 8th October 7.15pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October 7.00pm to Midnight.
  • Sunday 11th October 7.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Monday 12th to Thursday 15th October 7.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October 6.15pm to Midnight.
  • Sunday 18th October 6.15pm to 11.00pm.
  • Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd October 6.15pm to 11.00pm.
  • Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October 6.00pm to Midnight.
  • Sunday 25th October 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Monday 26th to Thursday 29th October 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October 5.00pm to Midnight.

Blackpool Illuminations switch on times for November 2020

  • Sunday 1st November 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Monday 2nd to Thursday 5th November 5.00pm to 10.3pm.
  • Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November 5.00pm to Midnight.
  • Sunday 8th November 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Monday 9th to Thursday 12th November 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Sunday 15th November 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Monday 16th to Thursday 19th November 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Sunday 22nd November 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th November 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Sunday 29th November 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Monday 30th November 5.00pm to 10.30pm.

Blackpool Illuminations Christmas & New Year

December 2020.

  • Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd December 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December 5.00pm. to 11.00pm.
  • Sunday 6th December 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Monday 7th to Thursday 10th December 5.00 pm to 10.30 pm.
  • Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Sunday 13th December 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Monday 14th to Thursday 17th December 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 18th and Saturday 19th December 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Sunday 20th December 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Monday 21st to Thursday 24th December 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Friday 25th and Saturday 26th December 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Sunday 27th December 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th December 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Thursday 31st December 5.00pm to 01.30am.

Blackpool Illuminations switch on times for New Year

January 2021

  • Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd January 5.00pm to 11.00pm.
  • Sunday 3rd January 5.00pm to 10.30pm.

Subject to confirmation of end of British Summer Time.

Subject to confirmation of Switch On Event.

All times may be subject to change and are correct at time of publication.