Ride The Lights Returns
One of Blackpool’s most popular free events is coming back for Christmas!
The annual Ride The Lights event, which usually takes place at the end of August ahead of the Illuminations Switch-On, will see a special repeat performance on Sunday 5 December.
Ride The Christmas Lights will give cyclists of all ages a chance to ride along a traffic-free promenade beneath the famous Illuminations. It will start at 4pm in the afternoon and finish at 8pm, when the Promenade will be reopened to traffic.
Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes with colourful lights and lanterns to add to the festive atmosphere!
The event is part of a spectacular programme of events and entertainment being staged in Blackpool during November and December.
It includes a Christmas By The Sea village on the Tower Festival Headland with a free-to-use skating rink, magical forest, log cabins, artificial snowfalls, light installations and themed projection shows.
Alongside the village is the Star Flyer, Europe’s largest aerial ride and a short distance away is the Winter Gardens Wonderland with indoor and outdoor festive market stalls, virtual reality experiences, and funfair rides.
The Christmas programme is complemented by an extended Illuminations season which sees the famous lights shining every night until January 3. On selected dates throughout the period, many of the resort’s major attractions will be open.
The resort will also be inviting families to say “goodbye” to 2021 and get ready to say “hello” to 2022 with a celebratory fireworks display that will take place late afternoon on the Tower Festival Headland on New Year’s Eve.
The free fireworks display, which will be launched around 5pm on December 31 from the beach in front of The Blackpool Tower, will create a stunning finale to end the year.
Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Ride The Christmas Lights event will provide a unique opportunity for families to cycle along a traffic-free promenade and experience everything that Blackpool is offering for this festive season.
“Our Christmas By The Sea village is already proving a huge success with residents and visitors, and it is truly heart-warming to see so many people getting into the Christmas spirit.
“By staging the Ride The Christmas Lights and Family Fireworks in the afternoon and early evening, we hope it will give the whole family an opportunity to come out and celebrate together.”
Both Ride The Christmas Lights and New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks are weather-dependent. Check out our website for updates.
Ride The Christmas Lights, New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks and some elements of Christmas By The Sea are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.