Blackpool Illuminations is an annual
In 2013 the Illuminations were originally meant to shine from 30 August to 3 November. However, on 14 March 2013 it was announced that the festival had been extended by a week, shining until 10 November making it the first time that the Illuminations ran for 73 consecutive days. This happened again in 2014 when they shone from 29 August to 9 November. The Illuminations have returned to shining for the regular 66 days since 2015.
In 2018 the Illuminations will shine for 66 days from 31 August to 4 November.
The Illuminations were first shown in 1879 when they were described as 'Artificial sunshine', and consisted of just eight carbon
Every year there is also the Festival of Light which features interactive installations and is described as being "a contemporary look at the concept of light and art working together to create entertainment".
The Illuminations have been used in modern culture in households around the United Kingdom, mainly with people quoting the following saying: "Turn the lights off, it's like Blackpool illuminations in here".[