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What's happening in Blackpool over Christmas 2023

  • Tuesday 21st November 2023

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It’s the most magical time of the year! There’s a lot to get excited about in Blackpool this winter. Here’s our ultimate guide to the best shows and events in Blackpool this Christmas.

Christmas by the Sea

Christmas by the Sea is one of many events happening in Blackpool over the festive period. Visitors to the town can expect a festive-village takeover on Blackpool Tower’s Festival Headland with an outdoor skating rink, log cabins and light-projection shows. And that’s not all, there will also be fairground rides for all the family to enjoy.

The Christmas markets in Blackpool will take place from 17th November to 1st January, 12-9pm daily, giving people plenty of time to soak in the festive atmosphere. Those looking for outdoor ice skating in Blackpool this festive season should head to the Christmas markets, where the whole event is completely free of charge.

Grab a coat and make your way down to the promenade, in front of The Blackpool Tower, for the ultimate seaside Christmas event in Blackpool.

(Photo credit: Blackpool Council)

FAQs about Christmas by the Sea


How do I get tickets for Christmas by the Sea?

No tickets are required for this event, simply make your way down to the Tower Festival Headland.

Is Christmas by the Sea free?

This event is free of charge, including the ice skating rink.

Is Christmas by the Sea family-friendly?

Yes! The event is suitable for the whole family.

High Jinx Magic and Illusion show

When it comes to Christmas events in Blackpool for the family, High Jinx Magic and Illusion show is not to be missed. Hosted at The Blackpool Tower Circus, the show brings 90 mins of fun from fascinating tricks to illusions, juggling and more.

Guests can watch award-winning illusionist and magician, Michael Jordan, in the Circus arena on weekends from 25th November to 1st January. The Christmas-themed show will also have extra dates between Christmas and New Year, making it the ideal spot for a family Christmas day out.

FAQs about High Jinx Magic and Illusion show


How do I get tickets for High Jinx Magic and Illusion show?

You can get tickets from The Blackpool Tower’s website:

Is High Jinx Magic and Illusion show family-friendly?

Yes, the event is suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Is the Blackpool Tower closed?

The Blackpool Tower Eye is closed From November 2023 – the end of March 2024. However, the Ballroom is open on selected dates and High Jinx Magic and Illusion show is performing in the Blackpool Tower Circus.

The Tower’s neighbours, SEA LIFE aquarium and The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse, are open throughout winter 2023. Madame Tussauds Blackpool and Peter Rabbit: Explore & Play are also open on weekends and in the Christmas School holidays for all your festive family fun.  

The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse

If you’re looking for a magical Christmas event like no other, this December you can step into Christmas at The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse.

Not only will your children meet Stick Man – the beloved character from the enchanting world of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, but they will also be invited to join in with a spectacular festive Clubhouse dance party.

With 6 captivating and immersive zones, this play experience is ideal for families with children under 10 years old. Head to the Clubhouse this Christmas and create unforgettable memories with your family and friends.

FAQs about The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse


How do I get tickets for The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse?

There are no specific tickets you need to buy for the event. The event will be included with entry to the attraction during the Christmas period. Pre-book tickets here:

How much are tickets to The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse?

Child tickets are £13.50 and adult tickets are £4.50.

Is The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse family-friendly?

Yes, the Clubhouse has 6 captivating and immersive zones and is suitable for all children under 10 years old.


Aladdin at Blackpool Grand Theatre

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than heading to the theatre to watch a pantomime? This Christmas, Aladdin will be back at Blackpool Grand Theatre from 1st December to 1st January 2024!

Guests can join Aladdin and his family as they try to defeat the evil Abanazar in his plan to become master of the world, with help from Genie of the Lamp and the Spirit of the Ring. The Blackpool panto sees the return of West End star and TV soap sensation, Tom Lister (as Abanazar), who will be joining Britain’s Got Talent finalist Steve Royle (as Wishee Washee).

Head to the theatre this Christmas and sit back to enjoy this magical adventure with all the family.

FAQs about Aladdin at Blackpool Grand Theatre


How do I get tickets for Aladdin?

You can buy tickets for the pantomime here:

How much are tickets to see Aladdin?

Tickets start at £15.

Is Aladdin a family-friendly show?

Yes, Aladdin is family-friendly and is an ideal show for the whole family.