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Christmas in Blackpool

Christmas – it’s the season to be merry and bright and here in the nation’s favourite family (and elf) friendly resort, we’re ready to help you savour every special second.

Celebrate this captivating time of year with a host of things to see and do.

There’s our world-famous illuminations; an indoor Bavarian-style Christmas market; a stunning Christmas village complete with skating rink; traditional pantomimes; spectacular shows; and, for the first time outside of London, Friends Festive celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the popular TV show.

Take the little ones to visit Santa Claus in his picture-perfect grotto at Blackpool Pleasure Beach; make a wish under the giant glittering Christmas tree in St John’s Square; shop for last-minute gifts in our festive themed shops; then end the day drinking warmed mulled wine in a beachside bar.

There’s even special parking offers on Blackpool Council car parks during November and December.

So this Christmas, make every magical moment count in Blackpool. It’s the perfect place for an all-ages advent adventure. 

What's On 

Light spectacular

Friday 3 September– Monday 3 January
Come and marvel at the most mesmerising Christmas light displays you’ll find anywhere this side of the North Pole. More than a million twinkling lamps make Blackpool Illuminations the greatest free show imaginable. Six miles of spectacular seafront and town centre lights extended by two months as our gift to you!

Christmas By The Sea

Tower Festival Headland
Friday 19 November – Monday 3 January
Our Tower Festival Headland will be transformed into a breath-taking festive village. We don’t think you’ll find anywhere more enchanting with free outdoor skating rink, simulated snowfalls, log cabins, magical forest, festive light projection shows and Santa Special tram rides in the shadow of the magnificent Blackpool Tower – wow!

Winter Gardens Wonderland

Winter Gardens
Thursday 9 December – Monday 3 January  
Why not pay a visit to our beautiful traditional Bavarian-style Christmas market inside the aptly-named Winter Gardens.  Stroll around a wide selection of themed stalls, enjoy all the fun of the fair on the rides, meet Santa in his grotto, and get in the swing of things with some brilliant live entertainment.

The best of Friends!

Winter Gardens
Friday 5 November – Friday 19 November
Celebrate all the best seasonal moments from arguably the world’s favourite TV show. FriendsFestive will give fans the chance to recreate the titles in the snow with a digital snow globe photo op; check out Monica’s apartment, Central Perk, all dressed for the holiday season; and visit the Holiday Armadillo’s Grotto.
More experiences include ringing Phoebe’s bell outside the mall and re-enacting the iconic Thanksgiving floating heads scene. Devotees can also channel their inner Monica and Ross as they grab a picture at the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Disco. Add to that themed food stalls, Christmas cocktails and brand new and exclusive FriendsFestive merchandise and you might just want to request a ticket from Santa now!

Tickets: friendsfestive.co.uk/blackpool-winter-gardens

Pantomime

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Grand Theatre
Friday 3 December 3 to Sunday 2 January

Mirror, Mirror on the wall… What’s the greatest panto of them all? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Blackpool’s Grand of course…

This year’s pantomime will star Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street) as the Wicked Queen, and Grand Panto favourite Steve Royle (Britan’s Got Talent, Comic, Presenter) returns as Muddles, to make his annual appearance. The cast also includes Jamie Steen as Nurse and Chris Warner-Drake as Prince Frederick.

The Blackpool Grand Theatre pantomime will burst with great songs, stunning dance routines and plenty of laughter, this is a truly magical treat for all the family you won’t want to miss!

Tickets: Blackpool Grand Theatre Website

Aladdin

Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Thursday 25 November – Friday 24 December

Aladdin is one of the most magical pantomimes ever written. It tells the story of a streetwise boy from Peking who finds a strange lamp at the market with hidden powers.

But the wicked wizard Abanazar wants to steal Aladdin’s magic lamp to help him become the most powerful wizard in the world. He also wants to kidnap the beautiful Princess and make her his bride!

Follow Aladdin’s adventures as he gets entangled in the struggle between good and evil.

Tickets: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Show time

Gatsby Christmas Dinner Show

Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Friday 3 December 3 – Saturday 18 December
The most glamorous Christmas dinner show you’ll experience!

Christmas Party Spectacular

VIVA Blackpool
Thursday 2 December 2 – Friday 24 December

Music packed, party-themed nights of fun.

Hairspray The Musical

Opera House
Monday December 13 – Sunday January 2

It’s not panto, but it is rip-roaring fun. Let your hair down and be sure not to miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days.

Christmas Grotto's

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Saturday 20 November – Wednesday 24 December

Visit Santa Claus in his picture-perfect grotto then warm up with a delicious mug of hot chocolate!