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A Very Blackpool Christmas: Events and Activities to Enjoy

  • Thursday 3rd November 2022
  • Christmas, Blackpool, Events and Activities

Christmas at Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Enjoy Christmas in Blackpool with our list of recommended events, locations and activities. Learn more about what to do in Blackpool for the festive season!

There's a lot to do for Christmas in Blackpool

Feeling festive and looking for the best Christmas things to do in Blackpool? Well look no further! There’s an abundance of magical activities and festive entertainment to enjoy by the sea this winter.

Where fresh air and fun days out go hand in hand, there’s no better  place to wrap up warm and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than the vibrant seaside town of Blackpool.

Below we’ve created a list of all the best things to do during Christmas in Blackpool, from ice skating by the sea, magical and musical festive productions, winter grotto wonderlands and festive fun! There really is something for everyone to enjoy!

Enjoy Blackpool's Christmas market

The fun begins on Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland opposite the iconic Blackpool Tower, which will once again be transformed into a magically merry village, complete with an ice skating rink, simulated snowfalls, log cabins, luminous light installations, breath-taking light projection shows and festive-themed fairground rides.

Wrap up warm and enjoy a tasty treat from one of the delightful cabins in this stunning outdoor experience as you celebrate Christmas in Blackpool.

Find one of Santa's Blackpool Christmas Grottoes

Make your way down the promenade to visit the Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Christmas Grotto Wonderland. Experience an abundance of festive fun experiences guided by magical elves through the winter wonderland, finishing with an exciting and enchanting ride.

Viva Blackpool’s Santa Adventure will be making Christmas in Blackpool even more magical, as the show takes you on a Christmas journey full of fun, mischief and festive mayhem. This Fun filled family adventure includes a post-show meet and greet with Santa for every child and a Festive Fun Box on arrival. You won’t want to miss it!

The magic of the Blackpool Illuminations

Experience the Blackpool Christmas lights this year with the spellbinding seafront spectacle cascading along the promenade. With more than a million magical light bulbs you will be mesmerized by this incredible free light show.

Blackpool Illuminations have been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction scene since 1879 with the annual Switch On event in September kicking off the winter festivities. However now you can see them for even longer, as the annual illuminations display is extended by two additional months creating a winter wonder of light and magic. Wrap up warm and marvel at the miles of festoon, larger-than-life tableaux, illuminated trams, instagrammable features, laser technology and stunning projection shows during the festive period.

If you feel like resting your legs simply hop on one of the magical illuminated trams and enjoy a tour of the famous golden mile.  With the best seats in the house you can enjoy the world famous Illuminations as you take a full trip from one end of the promenade to the other and then back again.

For added sparkle and festive glamour you might want to try out one of the illuminated trams! The Western Train and HMS Blackpool trams are famous for their Illuminated tours and will add that extra special Christmas magic to your visit.

Christmas light projections on The Blackpool Tower

This year once again The Blackpool Tower will be transformed into an iconic sea of light and sound with a festive programme of Blackpool Christmas light projections.

These breath-taking projection shows are designed to catapult you into another world from festive sci-fi stories to enchanting Frost Fairies projected nightly onto The Blackpool Tower, Down the Rabbit Hole which tells the story of an astronaut exploring new worlds and Enchanted, a flurry of cute characters and lavish backdrops based around a woman who has wandered into this magical world from under the sea to the opulent Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

View the beautiful Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Take a break from the chill of the outdoors and step into the sensational Blackpool Tower Ballroom where you can relax and gaze at the spectacular dancing and treat yourself to a deliciously festive Afternoon Tea. Make Christmas in Blackpool even more magical as you sit back and enjoy the sound of the famous Wurlitzer organ in one of the most iconic venues of the 19th Century.

Experience a Blackpool Tower Christmas like no other in this striking ballroom which boasts beautifully decorated ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, stunning sprung dance floor and ornate balconies - there really is no other venue like it.

Dating back to 1894, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is world-famous for its unique sprung dance floor and spectacular architecture and remains to this day, a destination for dance fans from across the globe.

Make a trip of it!

Blackpool boasts an abundance of hotels and guest houses all ready and waiting to welcome you for you magical Christmas break.

If you’re looking to combine your stay with a thrill-tastic Blackpool Pleasure Beach adventure then both The Big Blue and Boulevard Hotels are the perfect places to rest your head as you enjoy a magical Blackpool Christmas by the sea.

Check out our Top 10 hotel and guest house partners here

For a touch of retail therapy and fun Christmas shopping Houndshill Shopping Centre is home to more than 50 stores, including Primark, New Look, Footasylum, Sketchers, Jack Jones and River Island. There’s also Boots and Superdrug for all your beauty needs and Build-a-Bear Workshop too.

It’s the perfect place to get those all-important Christmas presents ticked off the list in a fun, festive environment against a dazzling festive backdrop.

And that’s not all, late night shopping will run until 9pm every Thursday throughout December to allow time to get those last-minute presents whilst enjoying the festive treats on offer outside of the shopping centre walls.

If it’s dancing that makes your Christmas dreams come true, then sashay down to the Strictly Come Dancing Experience at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, where you can become the star amongst glamorous presenters Tess and Claudia, as well as famous judge Craig Revel Horwood.

SEA LIFE Blackpool is swapping carols with corals with its fishmas Octonauts campaign. Enjoy lots of fun activities including a meet and greet with the Octonauts and a fun festive activity trail throughout the aquarium. And that’s not all, Peter RabbitTM: Explore and Play Blackpool is only a hop, step and a jump away and promises fun-filled festive activities that will leave you jumping with joy during your magical Christmas in Blackpool.

If it’s magic and music that set you alight, then Christmas in Blackpool will be just up your street with an array of seasonal shows that are guaranteed to make you jump with joy and laugh your seasonal socks off. Experience sensational tricks and illusions, juggling, escapology and much more at the magical High Jinx Christmas show at the Blackpool Tower Circus.

Winter Gardens Blackpool has a real treat in store with the heart-warming story of Buddy the Elf in this spectacular feel-good family show Elf the Musical, featuring a fantastic flying sleigh, twenty feet high growing candy canes, a giant LED screen with Pixar style animated backgrounds, and amazing aerial stunts.

Don’t miss the spellbinding tale of Sleeping Beauty at The Grand Theatre with festive fun and belly laughs-a-plenty, starring Dancing On Ice Champion and Soapstar Hayley Tamaddon as Good Fairy, Comic and Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Steve Royle as Silly Billy, and dame extraordinaire Philip Meeks as the one and only Nursie!

There's so much festive fun to be had here in Blackpool this Christmas, make sure you come and try it out!