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Blackburn Christmas Lights Switch On 2017

Blackburn Christmas Lights Switch On 2017

Contact Information

Blackburn Town Centre

Tel: 01254 688040

The 2017 Christmas Lights’ Switch On will take place in Blackburn's new Cathedral Square & on King William Street on Saturday, 25th November 2017 & is promising to be something quite spectacular! 

An incredible spectacle has been promised for this year's Christmas Lights Switch on in Blackburn town centre as organisers reveal a dramatic departure from the traditional stage show format. A unique event has been designed to attract new audiences with something for all ages on Saturday, 25th November.

11am -7pm Festive Street Food, King William Street

2.30pm -3.30pm Meety & Greet Sam Thompson,The Mall Blackburn 

4.30pm  -6.30pm: Fire Garden, Blackburn Cathedral Grounds

6pm - 6.30pm: Light Show, Ice Queen Aerial dance, Firework Finale, King William Street 

Internationally acclaimed outdoor arts company, Walk the Plank, will be transforming Blackburn Cathedral grounds into a spectacular fire garden installation for families. It will be followed by a show stopping fire and light display funded by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council with Blackburn Business Improvement District and The Mall.

As dusk falls on Cathedral Square at 4.30pm, the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Colin Rigby will be joined by celebrity guest, TV's Sam Thompson as the first official guest, welcoming visitors through a firelit archway into the Cathedral grounds.

Visitors are invited to wander through a forest glowing with beautiful fire sculptures and fiery installations that form a glowing garden landscape. Young and old will be able to explore flame-lined paths amongst copper flowers that breathe fire, intricately carved flaming flower boxes, and scorching sculptural trees.

At 6.30pm, crowds will countdown to a grand finale to the mesmerising wizardry of Flame Oz's lightshow which will leads into a high rise aerial dance from the Ice Queen's assistant, the Ice Fairy.

A magical pyrotechnic finale comes to a crescendo as the Christmas lights bring the festival to life across the town centre. There will be a pop up Festive Street Feast on King William Street throughout the day as well as a scheduled meet and greet in The Mall with Sam Thompson. A food & drink court will be open on King William Street from 11am to 7pm. Food and drink available on the day will include traditional German sausages and hot dogs, scrumptious pies meat and vegetarian, served with pie liquor, gravy, home made mushy peas, charcoal BBQ skewer kebabs, crepes, a hot chocolate bar, Neapolitan pizzas, Indian street food, authentic Thai cuisine and to wash it all down, mulled wine & cider, prosecco, craft beers and hot gluhwein.




Road Directions

Cathedral Square is close to the Rail Station & just behind Blackburn Cathedral. Follow signs into the town centre where there are plenty of car parks. 


Public Transport Directions

Blackburn has good public transport links with all neighbouring towns. For details of Public Transport from where you live contact Blackburn Visitor Centre 01254 688040 Alternatively, for public transport information out of our normal office hours contact: Travel Line: 0871 200 2233 (for bus services around the Lancashire area) National Rail Enquiries 03457 48 49 50

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Opening Times

25 Nov 2017


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  • Christmas & New Year
  • Open Air Event

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  • In town/city centre
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